Great news: I went into the New Walk Museum and spoke to Phil Hackett regarding our ideas for an Everybody’s Reading 2018 event there in October 2018. Continue reading Everybody’s Reading 2018 – human rights
… and that’s just fine with me. I also have the name Grand Punky which is also fine
- Date tabled: 30.01.2018
- Primary sponsor: Stephens, Christopher
That this House is deeply concerned about the current situation of the people of Afrin, who have been subjected to Turkish Government aggression; notes that Afrin has been one of the more stable parts of Syria and that it has become a destination for hundreds of refugees from many cities including Aleppo; further notes that its current population has risen from 400,000 before the war to roughly 750,000; believes that the true victims of Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria are refugees, babies, women and children; further notes that Afrin borders Turkey on the north and is surrounded on its other sides by Syrian government forces and rebel forces including Al Qaeda; recognises that Afrin like other parts of Rojava is run democratically and peacefully with an emphasis on religious and ethnic pluralism, restorative justice, and the liberation of women and economic cooperatives; further recognises that YPG, YPJ and SDF forces, backed by the US, have been the most successful groups in defeating Daesh in Syria; is further concerned that the Turkish government’s recent actions are widely judged to have worsened the prospects for peace in Syria and wider Middle East; condemns the use of violence by Turkey’s Army on the people of Afrin and the Kurdish forces in Syria; and calls on the Government, as a matter of urgency to press the importance of respect for fundamental human rights and rule of International law.
BBC article: New Caledonian crows show how technology evolves:
Tool-making crows have allowed us to see the first foundations of a technological breakthrough.
New Caledonian crows spontaneously make hooks out of plant material, using them to “fish” for grubs and spiders.
Experiments have now revealed that these hooked tools are 10 times faster at retrieving a snack than the alternative tool – a simple twig. Continue reading Clever Crows
One of the most outrageous aspects of Turkey’s aggressive invasion of Kurdish areas in Syria for me is the UK’s complicit regard for its own advantage by supporting Turkey, and totally abandoning the Kurds.
Kurds until very recently were being celebrated for their ability, sacrifice and tenacity in ridding the area of ISIS control, but suddenly they have become the political football that they have always been, and dropped like a hot potato … now that they are not seen as being essential to UK interests. Disgraceful behaviour by the UK Government!
This is absolute betrayal.
For more information see http://supportkurds.org
Challenging immigration policies 5.12.2017
Britain’s Quakers are pledging to challenge immigration policies. The position takes a stand against the scandal of indefinite immigration detention, pledges support for ‘new, peaceful, safer routes of migration’, and opposes the possibility of unjust deportations and forced removals.
Heyva Sor is the Kurdish emergency response organisation that will be able to co-ordinate assistance to help people affected by the earthquake in the most needed places. It is a registered charity in UK : Emergency Aid Appeal for East and Southern Kurdistan Continue reading Donations needed: Earthquake 13 November 2017
Playing a card game at a folk festival. Pete Morton asked my Amy what he should do next, and she helpfully replied ‘Any Heart will do’.
Good title for a song he said … and said that I could have that to work with, so I did. It became a song about lust 🙂 Continue reading In the Raw: Any Heart Will Do
This was inspired by the 999 NHS march from Jarrow in 2014: Continue reading In the Raw: 999NHS