Category Archives: Activism

December 02

Why Britain Just Made A Huge Mistake Voting To Join US-Led Bombing Of Syria

After a ten-hour debate in Parliament, the British Government has just voted to join the USA and France in their bombing of Syria. Amid popular and widespread anti-war protests and fierce pro-war propaganda from the press, the vote was tipped to be a close call- but David Cameron has won by a majority of 179. The Prime Minister […]

Incredible Edible Free Food Project Replicated Worldwide

  In the small town of Todmorden in the north of England, fresh organic produce is growing everywhere. There are sweet-smelling herbs at the railway station, vegetables sprouting in the public car park, and an apothecary garden next to the local Health Centre. This is the Incredible Edible movement, a grassroots campaign to provide healthy […]

Romanian Farmers Tell Chevron To ‘Frack off’

In the sleepy rural village of Pungesti, Romania, life has changed very little in generations. There is not a car in sight: birdsong is broken only by the clip-clop of horses’ hooves and the trundle of cart wheels, as farmers with weather-beaten faces drive their animals over rolling green pastures. Old women in headscarves and […]

Violent Protests, Civilian Torture And Shady Agent Provocateurs: What´s Going On In The Ukraine?

This week four protesters died in Ukraine, the country at the centre of a political tug-of-war between Russia and Europe. More have allegedly been tortured by the state during anti-government protests which are spinning dangerously out of control. Campaigners took to the streets in the capital Kiev in November, after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych decided […]

Monsanto wins World Food Prize

If only, if only it were a joke…….. If you thought the world couldn´t get any crazier, news this week that a Monsanto executive is to receive the World Food Prize for Agriculture might make you think again. Robert T Fraley, Executive Vice President of Monsanto, along with Mary Dell Chilton, founder of biotech giant […]

Waking the giant: Examining the legacy of a global uprising

In December 2010, a desperate Tunisian man set himself on fire after he was denied the right to sell fruit and vegetables in the street.  This hopeless, tragic act sparked nationwide protests against the government that were to send president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fleeing in exile from Tunisia. The people´s uprising gathered momentum […]

In memory of little Rawan, let´s end child marriage for good

This week, an eight-year-old Yemeni girl called Rawan died from severe internal injuries after being brutally raped by her 40-year-old husband on their wedding night. It´s impossible to imagine the terror and pain this small child suffered as she was so horrifically abused, but we must not let her tragic ordeal be in vain. In […]

Land of the real-life Robin Hood: proof that direct democracy works for all

This was first published in Salon and an edited version with hyperlinks can be read on their website here. EDIT: This was later ripped off by a writer calling herself Jade Small. Just pointing out I wrote it first. With virtually no police, crime, or unemployment, the Spanish town of Marinaleda has gained celebrity status […]

Rio+20 summit: Ecocidal, shameful and downright criminal

In the years to come- assuming our species survives the inevitable fallout- the epic failure of last week’s crucial Rio+20 summit may well go down in history as the worst crime against the natural world mankind has ever committed. The UN conference on sustainable development, held in Rio de Janeiro, had the catchy slogan ‘The […]

You have the right to remain silent: the war on our civil liberties

When Jacqueline Maitland was arrested at a peaceful protest against ID cards this year, it was at the behest of the Home Office. Bundled into a police car and locked in a cell, her fingerprints were taken, along with a DNA sample she was given no explanation for. Her associate Charlie was not allowed to […]

Change-a-lujah people! Joining Rev Billy on his Shopocalypse Tour

It’s a perfectly ordinary day in a Liverpool city centre branch of Tesco. Customers clutching lunchtime snacks queue patiently in silence. Bored-looking cashiers scan sandwiches and salads on autopilot, daydreaming of clocking off and enjoying the sunshine outside. Suddenly, the store fills up with men and women wearing long green robes, making low humming noises […]

Consumed by doubt: why don´t we buy fair trade?

You’d have to be living under a rock to have never heard of Starbucks, McDonalds, Gap or Nestle, but it’s less common to hear about how and where their products are made. To mark World Fair Trade Day, Sophie McAdam looks at the effects of globalisation on workers in developing countries, and asks ultimately: Does […]

Big Brother is watching your child

Imagine the scene: a group of three year olds sit cross-legged on the carpet, clapping their hands and singing along merrily to ‘the little red robin’. That morning they have all painted a picture for their parents and played hopscotch in the yard outside. Suddenly, a government official marches through the door and seizes a […]

Coca-Cola: Know the facts

Coca Cola is facing legal action after a Nigerian lawyer plans to file a lawsuit to fight the corporation’s poor environmental record. Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, claiming to act on behalf of 4000 local people, is accusing the world’s biggest soft drinks company of pumping untreated waste into a lagoon in the port area of Apapa. Although […]

The Shopocalypse is coming!!! Introducing Reverend Billy

He was brought up by religious conservatives before running away in his teens and going on to set up the anti-corporate Church of Stop Shopping. He is hated by America’s biggest multinationals, and Starbucks had him jailed after he ‘exorcised’ one too many of their cash registers. Sophie McAdam finds out what drives the man […]