The 2018 hurricanes Irma and Maria signal the emergence of a new climate regime in the Caribbean. At no point in the historical records dating back to the 1880s have two category five storms struck the eastern Caribbean in a single year. The Caribbean is seeing repeated and prolonged droughts, an increase in the number of very hot days, intense rainfall events causing repeated localised flooding, and rising sea levels.
Caribbean economies are built on industries and sectors that are extremely sensitive to climate variations, such as tourism and agriculture. The ferocity of Irma and Maria brought devastation of catastrophic proportions.… Read on ...
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Statement on Gaza 15 May 2018
While the Conservative government continues to arm Israel and some in the Labour Party continue to debate whether or how harshly Israel can be criticised, Palestinians are being massacred with impunity in full view of an often complicit media.
Since Gazans launched their peaceful Long March of Return on 30 March, culminating on the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, the catastrophe, 15 May 2018, over 100 unarmed Palestinians have been murdered (about 60 on the day that Trump moved the US embassy to Jerusalem), including children, and thousands more wounded and maimed by Israeli snipers using illegal dumdum bullets which expand after entering the body.… Read on ...
Read the Article in the Morning Star…
Bringing together all those facing a ‘hostile environment’ from the Home Office
7pm, Thursday 31 May
UNITE the Union, 33-37 Moreland St., EC1V 8BB
Angel Fully wheelchair accessible
- Windrush generation families from the Caribbean and other Commonwealth countries
- People seeking asylum from wars, dictatorships, ecological devastation and hunger
- EU nationals threatened by Brexit
- Ian Macdonald QC, leading barrister in immigration and human rights law
The Windrush scandal has finally exposed to the public the truth about what deportation means for people’s lives, and the public is outraged.
Commonwealth citizens from the Caribbean and other countries, invited by the government to help rebuild war-torn Britain, have been separated from loved ones, lost jobs, homes, refused healthcare, pensions and rights after living in the UK most or all of their lives.… Read on ...
The Home Secretary’s statement in Parliament yesterday is good as far as it goes. She promises:
- A new taskforce dedicated to helping those affected
- Plans to work with departments across government to gather evidence on behalf of immigrants – documentation for every year is usually expected, such as bank statements or payslips
- A pledge that all cases will be resolved in two weeks
- All fees for new documentation waived so people are not “out of pocket” – normally £229
- A new website will be set up with information and a direct contact point
This is the very least they could do.… Read on ...
Trading arms with Israel makes the UK complicit in Israel’s continuing violations of human rights and international law.
On the 30th March 2018, Israel murdered 15 and injured 1,500 Palestinians, who protested the occupation and siege on Gaza.
The Israeli assault on Gaza in July-August 2014, in which 2,205 Palestinians (including 521 children) were killed, was only one example of Israel’s acts of violence against the Palestinian people. Yet UK-made weapons and military technologies continue to be sold to and used by the occupying Israeli forces.
Israeli military and industry sources openly attribute the success of Israeli exports to the weapons and technologies being ‘combat proven.’
50,000 people from the Caribbean are being threatened with deportation from England. Many of them came to Britain before 1971 in answer to a call from the motherland to come and assist with the Labour shortage here in Britain.… Read on ...
“A Fair Deal for Guyana – Fair Deal for the Planet” is a campaign by concerned citizens from Guyana and around the world.
Lawyers acting for the Guyanese campaigners are to lodge the latest challenge in a court in Guyana this week. They are funding the battle against oil giants Exxon Mobil, Hess Corporation and Nexen, a subsidiary of Chinese national oil, through the crowdfunding site CrowdJustice.
Major oil reserves have been discovered off the coast of Guyana. The government and the oil companies have talked about ‘unimaginable wealth’ for the country. However, there is widespread fear that this is a bad deal for Guyana and a disaster for our planet.… Read on ...
… but one that proves the value of solidarity – so thanks to all of you who signed the petition
Deportation-threat academics allowed to stay in UK
Two Durham University academics, members of UCU, and their daughter who were ordered to leave the UK within 14 days have been told they can stay in the UK.
Dr Ernesto Schwartz-Marin, Dr Arely Cruz-Santiago and 11-year-old Camila faced leaving the country by Saturday 24 March.
The Home Office said the couple breached rules by spending too much time abroad during their visa period.
But it halted proceedings following the intervention of their local MP.… Read on ...
Over 100 University of London cleaners, porters, security officers, gardeners and others are preparing for the biggest-ever outsourced workers strike in UK higher education, and they need your help.
These workers, who are demanding for an end to outsourcing, an end to zero-hours and for pay rises, are close to a historic victory that could end years of discrimination at the university.
After a near-unanimous ballot in favour of strike action, the IWGB has announced strikes for 25 and 26 April. But sadly, for these workers going on strike means that they lose out on two days’ pay.