Showing posts from August, 2014

Green Party conference session on Rojava, Kurds and resistance to ISIS.

Appeal from the Kurds in Rojava for peace and justice.  Derek Wall, International Committee Dr Alan Semo, Kurdish politician from Syria, the UK representative PYD (Democratic Union Party) will
speak to conference about the crisis in Iraq and Syria, and how we can
provide solidarity with citizens terrorized by the so-called Islamic State in the region.

Green Party conference 2pm, sunday,

Urgent appeal to international community

Iraqi Yazidi refugees walk through the Newroz camp in Hasaka province,
north eastern Syria, on August 14, 2014, after fleeing advances by
Islamic State jihadists in Iraq (AFP Photo/Ahmad al-Rubaye )

Urgent appeal to international community   

are calling for all international organizations, human rights bodies,
civil society organizations, United Nations bodies, the League of

London Kurdish Film Festival 'Yazidis: Past, Present and Future'.

London Kurdish Film Festival Event:


Saturday 30th August, 1-6pm SOAS University, SOAS Main Building, Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT), Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, WC1H OXG, London.

For the last three weeks, the world has been watching the great tragedy, exodus and displacement of the Yazidi people unfold. Members of this ancient faith are now

Never Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste: How Neoliberalism Survived the Financial Meltdown

Philip MirowskiNever Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste: How Neoliberalism Survived the Financial Meltdown Verso, London and New York, 2013. 384pp., £12.99 pbISBN 9781781683026

Reviewed by Derek Wall

Mirowski has produced a profound and important book which deserves to be read, however his prose may be distracting for some readers. He also avoids discussion of my two favourite

Israel/Palestine and the Middle East – Finding solutions

Green Party conference fringe event Saturday 6th September, 14.30 Aston University, Birmingham.

Israel/Palestine and the Middle East – Finding solutions  International committee This fringe will look at the conflict in Gaza as part of a larger conflict in the Middle East.  Tony Clarke, a former Labour MP, and now one of the Green Party's International Speakers, will speak, along with

Proper Job

I have been investigating beer, my wife and I have joined CAMRA and I bought a box of CAMRA's 2014 prize winners from Beer Hawk.

First out of the box was St Austell's Proper Job.  I have tended to ignore this Cornish brewery but really enjoyed this IPA.  Crisp and tasty, at 5.5 pleasingly strong. Too many beers seems inspired by episodes of British colonial history, Maxim the Sunderland

Raise money for Hugo Blanco and indigenous struggle

In terms of people I have met, Elinor Ostrom and Hugo Blanco are my big influences. I have spent some time with Hugo and really has acted as a mentor to me. He is fantastic.

 There is a fundraising appeal for his magazine Lucha Indigena, which means Indigenous Struggle.

It is written and published by indigenous people for indigenous people, it covers all the big social and ecological struggles

Please re-elect me as Green Party International Coordinator

Please re-elect me as Green Party International Coordinator.

I have
increased our influence within the European Green Party and globally. Appalled by the on going massacre in Gaza I will campaign for  a boycott
of Israel until a just peace is achieved.  Shocked by the rise of ISIS,
I want Green Party support for the Kurds of Rojava, who have been
successfully combating fundamentalism.

Achieving Environmental Justice

I have had the pleasure of reading Karen Bell's book Achieving Environmental Justice and reviewing it for Environmental Politics, an academic journal.

However it always concerns me that writing for academic journals is problematic if they are behind pay walls....reviewers don't get paid but distribution is restricted. It is a model of publishing which has failed in my I thought I

Jewish Themes in Spinoza's Philosophy

Well you may have picked up that while there are two economists, to be precise, political economists, for me i.e Marx and Ostrom, there is one philosopher.

Yes I am finding Spinoza interesting in many ways.  He can be seen as a green philosopher, he advocated a democratic republic and sought to look at how religion could be used for social control and how religion based on superstition

Palestine in the World's Heart

This is the editorial from the latest issue of 'Lucha Indigena', a Peruvian based newspaper, published by my good friend Hugo Blanco.....solidarity with Gaza is strong in Latin America.

The Lucha Indigena 'Indigenous Struggle' website can be found here



the ongoing nature of the murderous

The 'tragedy of the NHS'

THE NHS is being dismantled before our eyes. Since the 1990s it has been forced to mimic the market with competition between NHS providers.  

This has created a less efficient and more chaotic system of health provision. 

The last Labour government introduced private finance inititives, where private companies built hospitals but saddled the NHS with appalling debt in return. 


Global Greens 'Write to us about your climate actions and we’ll make sure Greens everywhere see your work'

Dear Global Greens,

Today’s a big day. Today is the day that the Global Greens are launching our first campaign - and we want to hear from you!

warming affects everyone. From government and the grassroots, Green
parties everywhere are leading the campaign for urgent solutions to
climate change.

So many of us have had big successes and learned big lessons - so it’s

Cameron's love affair with Islamic fundamentalism (arms sales and oil more important than human rights)

Nearly 30 million people now live
in a fundamentalist Islamic state in the Middle East. All churches and
other non-Muslim places of worship are banned.  

The death penalty extends to adultery, homosexuality,
sorcery, attempts to convert to religions other than Islam and a range
of other offenses.  

Consumption of alcohol is punished by flogging. Atheists
are defined simply as