Dear Brexiters

Dear Brexiters, I was one of you in the beginning. The EU is a mess, Brussels is breaking the back of the southern nations and it was nice to see the establishment taking chunks out of each other instead of us for a change. Having spent most of my political life campaigning against austerity and… More Dear Brexiters

Borderline Justice: EU-Turkey deal is a disaster for refugees

EU governments leading the charge in the War on Terror have bought the right to turn their backs on its casualties for a cool £4.6 billion by striking their deal with Turkey. In exchange for the funds and lessened visa restrictions on Turkish citizens, the EU has been able to violate its international obligations and outsource its refugee crisis.… More Borderline Justice: EU-Turkey deal is a disaster for refugees

The Truth About Turkey: EU Deal Endangers Lives

Despite damning reports from Human Rights Watch amongst others, no investigation has been called into the deaths or human rights abuses. Instead, EU funds keep flowing… And with 156 journalists arrested there in 2015 alone, Turkey may not be the place to keep refugees safe, but it’s a prime location to hide their persecution.… More The Truth About Turkey: EU Deal Endangers Lives

No Sanctuary in Swanage: elderly residents live in fear of losing their warden

Tim Burness, a housing campaigner who has spent years scrutinising Sanctuary’s practices, adds that Cameron’s government “has done away with what little regulation there was. Cutting back on wardens is a classic example of what results.”… More No Sanctuary in Swanage: elderly residents live in fear of losing their warden

Human Rights, Self-Organisation & the Power of Solidarity: an Interview with Yonous Muhammadi

Refugees need self-organisation. They are being beaten and robbed. Every time they were pushed back – not just deported, but removed very violently. There have also been many cases of sexual abuse. And we are still getting cases like this, with authorities deporting refugees back to Turkey and saying: ‘don’t you dare come back.’ … More Human Rights, Self-Organisation & the Power of Solidarity: an Interview with Yonous Muhammadi

EU Cracks Down on Independent Volunteers in Greece

When they started throwing volunteers in jail, it was a sign of things to come. The first five were locked up on smuggling charges after they rescued 51 people from a stranded dinghy the coastguard would not look for. “They treated us like terrorists,” said one, when they were released on bail for €5-10,000 per head, facing a custodial sentence of five to ten years.… More EU Cracks Down on Independent Volunteers in Greece

Avaaz greenwashes Paris climate agreement

The Apartheid Analogy: Avaaz may take pride in its marches and petitions, but it hardly compares to the South African movement’s decades of mass-resistance in the face of brutal state repression. Thousands of black men and women were brutalised and killed in their struggle against racist oppression and segregation. And it is indigenous and black communities that the Paris Accord failed more than anyone.… More Avaaz greenwashes Paris climate agreement