London’s 2012 “most environmentally friendly ever” Olympics are sponsored by BP, Dow and Rio Tinto, but campaigning groups have been ignored by the Organising Committee LOCOG. Now you can ask your MP to support the Greenwash Gold early day motion.
@sparkyf1Does the scandal of Close Protection UK’s Jubilee stewards stranded at London Bridge without any facilities presage the use of forced voluntary labour for the Olympics, and expose the many inequities of Workfare schemes?
@acampadasolThe Spanish government is planning to criminalise anyone using the internet to organise street protests. Retweeting information on an event considered violent would be liable to 2 years imprisonment.
The NSA’s new Data Center in Utah is so vast it could enable the US to become an “Orwellian state”, claims whistleblower William Binney, and looks like the perfect model for the UK’s latest Big Brother mass surveillance scheme.
Despite vicious attacks by the Tories when in opposition and huge public protests, the ‘surveillance state’ has risen again with even more virulence. Who are the Big Brothers ever keen to turn the UK into Terry Gilliam’s Brazil?
The budget’s new tax relief cap will severely reduce charity income, and could prevent new charities setting up, handing even more of the third sector over to ‘social entrepreneurs’ and for-profit corporations.
Climate Action Network Canada has exposed a multimillion dollar push by the Canadian government to undermine key EU and US climate legislation, in which the UK is described as “team leader”. The State of Alberta now plans a large-scale wolf slaughter to cover for the destruction of its ecosystem by the tar sands industry.
Royal Bahraini Airforce HawkAs 1,000s protest against the Bahraini government, chanting “Down, down Hamad” and calling for the release of political detainees, CAAT reveals how the UK continues to arm repression.
Decades of foreign intervention in Somalia have at best proved irrelevant and have often made things worse. There are serious doubts that the UK government’s international conference will learn from the mistakes of the past or can achieve a locally negotiated political solution.
The Treasury’s new tax loophole will ignore movements of money by British businesses into tax havens. Billions in revenue urgently needed for healthcare and education by developing countries could be lost.