Jeremy Corbyn gave a memorable speech to thousands in Parliament Square during the Kill the Bill Protest...click on the image to access the video...
Jeremy Corbyn gave a memorable speech to the:
We are very pleased with the first thematic briefs issued by the APEurope Pool on economics (see links below). The flow of leading edge not-seen-before content is being produced at a faster rate and delivered sooner, and of a higher quality than we expected.
In order to manage this flow of very interesting material, we will open a seperate "Propositions" section where we will review the implications of what they contain on a participatory basis - anyone can contribute - so as to agree on priorities for action, to develop propositions for change and identify the best way to advocate for bringing about the changes identified.
An emphasis will be given to the design of propositions that have wide appeal and can be implemented.
The Resources section will become the main "library" for resources.
We have launched our Resources series Economic Briefs and the first three briefs and supporting note are now available:
The APEurope Pool is preparing short notes to accompany the Economic Briefs in order to call attention to the main messages in each as well a pose questions that can be shared so as to provide a basis for group discussions to test the content of the briefs. These notes are to provide orientation to group discussion moderators or tutors working with students. Subsequently pod casts will also be produced.
Note: The APEurope Pool welcomes questions from groups for clarifications on the content of any brief and will provide answers to any questions sent in by email at: email@example.com
Future listings will be available in the resources section.
Keeping up with PPJ news, events and actions, such as petitions.... Accoring to PPJ statements, the launch of PPJ reached at least 500,000 on social media through Sunday’s launch, with tens of thousands tuning in for at least thirty minutes and tens of thousands commenting on our channels.January 2021
Accoring to PPJ statements, the launch of PPJ reached at least 500,000 on social media through Sunday’s launch, with tens of thousands tuning in for at least thirty minutes and tens of thousands commenting on our channels.
On the day of the launch over £30,000 was raised all from small donors giving an average of just £7 to support the growth and development of the Peace and Justice Project.
Since PPJ first announced a short while ago, there are already 36,000 supporters on PPJ mailing list and 3,000 people signed up to the PPJ campaigns.
Link to the current PPJ petitions are provided below:
Petition: Protect our news media from monopoly control
Not satisfied with his dominance in print and online news, Murdoch is planning to re-enter the UK television market. But unlike his last attempt to buyout Sky, this time there's no one stopping him. We need an urgent Parliamentary commission to protect our news media from oligarch and monopoly control.
A free, diverse and independent media is vital to the functioning of any democratic society. But the British media landscape is increasingly dominated by a small number of corporations and very wealthy individuals. Over half of leading daily newspapers in the UK are now controlled by two billionaires. These titles also lead the pack in both online audience share and agenda influence, including over the BBC.
In 2012, Lord Justice Leveson warned that "Not only are the press powerful lobbyists in their own interests, but they wield a powerful megaphone with considerable influence over the personal and political reputation of politicians. They are also highly skilled, at the level of some proprietors, editors and senior executives, at subtle and intuitive lobbying in the context of personal relationships and friendships".
Last year, research found that Murdoch and his senior executives continued to enjoy unrivalled access to government, meeting with senior ministers and officials over 200 times over a period of 24 months.
In 2018, the Competition and Markets Authority advised the government against allowing Murdoch to gain control over Sky News, citing threats to the public interest over media plurality. Instead, Murdoch has now invested in a new UK television news channel, allowing him to enter the UK television news market without regulatory scrutiny.
This move exposes the reality that Britain's current media ownership rules are inadequate and not fit for purpose. The previous Tory government agreed with this: endorsing a recommendation by OFCOM and a House of Lords Select Committee to carry out periodic reviews of media plurality to ensure that the UK’s news landscape is sufficiently diverse and democratic.
But nothing happened. It got kicked into the long grass and now Murdoch is planning to gain yet another foothold on the UK media, notwithstanding rampant criminality exposed in his newsrooms and the explicit hard right political leanings of most news outlets under his control.
That is why we are calling for Parliament to establish a new commission on media ownership, as it did for banking standards in 2012. Such a commission should have the powers to investigate the full spectrum of issues associated with media dominance, including both the power wielded by tech monopolies and the particular influence of Rupert Murdoch over British media and politics, and it should aim to produce a framework for regulating media ownership that is fit for the 21st century.
Today we are calling on Parliament to establish a new independent commission into broadcasting standards
Petition: Support the widest possible access and affordability of Covid-19 vaccines for the whole planet
Even as we celebrate the first shots of the COVID-19 vaccines administered in the UK, it is increasingly clear that poorer countries will have to wait years to access the treatment and protect their people. Some rich countries have acquired enough doses to vaccinate their entire populations nearly three times over, while experts suggest that nine out of ten people in poor countries will not receive a vaccine this year.
This disparity is alarming. For the majority of people in the Global South, the virus and now, it seems, the vaccine, are refracted through legacies of colonialism, public services decimated by IMF-enforced austerity programs, and supply chains embedded in a global economy that replicate imperialism. The United Nations estimates that nearly half of all jobs in Africa could be lost, while Oxfam calculates that the virus’ economic impact may push half a billion people into poverty.
This pandemic came to a world already in crisis, compounding climate catastrophe, economic sanctions and border regimes, pharmaceutical greed, and privatised health systems built to serve a tiny elite. Precarious workers and the marginalised suffered most, even as reactionary politicians around the world found new vocabulary to demonise migrants and minorities for the ills of the pandemic.
If indeed the Covid-19 vaccines are to end the pandemic, we know what needs to happen: 60% of the world must be inoculated to achieve herd immunity. Yet we continue to act as though any one country can end the crisis alone by repeatedly thwarting attempts at global solidarity, coordinated action, and ultimately, international justice.
A few weeks after the World Health Organization declared Covid-19 a global pandemic, the Costa Rican President proposed setting up a Technology Access Pool to facilitate voluntary sharing of health technology, intellectual property, and data. This was inimical to pharma companies’ bottom line and discarded with little fanfare by their ruling protectors.
A few months later, its successor, the COVAX Facility for vaccine distribution – an effort to subsidize vaccines for developing countries – seemed promising. It now contends with a shortfall of US$28 billion.
And now, close to a year in, a handful of the richest countries, including the UK, are opposing a proposal at the World Trade Organization to waive intellectual property barriers to aid a swift and just Covid-19 response. Even as the UK began to receive the first doses of the vaccine, it joined the rich bloc in voting against the proposal, dooming large swathes of the world to contend with the pandemic alone. Big pharma’s executives retained their profits.
We call on the UK government to reverse its opposition to widely available and affordable vaccines for the world’s poorer nations and to work with countries like South Africa and India through the WTO to ensure big pharma’s mega profits aren’t more important that global health.