Swadeshi movement, which ‘prefers the neighbourhood over the remote’, affects Indian government policy

 

New Delhi Television online reports that the Swadeshi Jagran Manch and a farmers’ organisation met India’s Environment Minister today to protest against the go-ahead given by the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee on July 18 to field trials of 15 GM crops, including rice, mustard, cotton, chickpea and brinjal. The Environment Minister, in . . . → Read More: Swadeshi movement, which ‘prefers the neighbourhood over the remote’, affects Indian government policy

City politics: unrest should be seen as a wake-up call

John Rossant is chairman of the New Cities Foundation and President of PublicisLive, which has been producing the World Economic Forum in Davos since 1995.

Two days after the event, failing to mention the 4000 people gathered in London for the People’s Assembly, John Rossant points to a ‘common thread’ running through the Arab . . . → Read More: City politics: unrest should be seen as a wake-up call

Environmental, economic, social and ethical reasons for a different approach to waste disposal

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In this country and abroad Veolia’s services are being dispensed with for environmental, economic, social and ethical reasons.

The City Council is considering what to do when its 25 year contract with waste giant Veolia expires in 2018.

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John Newson (BFOE) writes:

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“The Council will become in 2018 the owner . . . → Read More: Environmental, economic, social and ethical reasons for a different approach to waste disposal

Poverty: “a matter for shame and alarm about the failure of our economic system”

 

Challenging words from Tony Stoller allege that, at the end of 2012, we now have a completely new paradigm for public policy-making, “dominated and managed by what we can call the ‘new elite’ “.

As chair of trustees for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation he lists this elite as “a cohort of politicians, policy . . . → Read More: Poverty: “a matter for shame and alarm about the failure of our economic system”

Active local residents protect the High Street & NHS services

Following a vigorous campaign by locals and a High Court challenge by Stroud resident Michael Lloyd, the  board of NHS Gloucestershire voted to continue to run community health services, including eight community hospitals, nine health clinics, served by 3,000 staff. They rejected the alternative option of a tender process, which would have opened the . . . → Read More: Active local residents protect the High Street & NHS services

Occupy London specifies breaches of the social contract and the remedial action needed

Richard Murphy (Tax Justice Network), Gordon Kerr (Cobden Partners) & Robin Smith (Systemic Fiscal Reform) discuss monetary systems and tax with members from the Occupy London working economics group  

 David Dewhurst, Peter Dombi and Naomi Colvin, members of the economics working group at Occupy London write in the Financial Times:  

. . . → Read More: Occupy London specifies breaches of the social contract and the remedial action needed

“Creating a new narrative”: a West Midlands voice at Tent City University

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News of a presentation tomorrow by Dr Chris Williams.

Chris is based at the Centre for International Education and Research, Birmingham University.

Scroll down: http://tentcityuniversity.occupylsx.org/?page_id=69 

Theme: 

“Never before have so few, by their actions and inactions, had the power of life and death over so many of the species…Study the culture of power . . . → Read More: “Creating a new narrative”: a West Midlands voice at Tent City University

Food sovereignty meeting 15th Nov, B’ham council house

Just wanted to alert people to what looks to be a very interesting meeting tomorrow evening at the Council House:

The meeting is entitled “Feed the world without destroying the planet!” with Maria Neri from Mindanao in the Phillippines as the main speaker. She is a longstanding activist and ecosocialist who will share her . . . → Read More: Food sovereignty meeting 15th Nov, B’ham council house

Occupy London’s Tent University and newspaper

Occupy London is organising seminars as well as having informal exchanges with anyone who wants to put forward news or a point of view. Feedback is coming in from a few colleagues – as one wrote: 

“Given the mess things are in, it seems absurd to expect a simple set of demands that could . . . → Read More: Occupy London’s Tent University and newspaper