David, I am your mother.

Some might say there’s really no need for imagery of David Cameron suckling the dry leathery teat of Margaret Thatcher’s sagging breast. Sure it’s grotesque. But not as grostesque as their the privileged, self-serving, war-mongering Tory ways.

Margaret Thatcher and David Cameron by Leila La Tres Sage

Vodafone’s real message to the minions

If you didn’t know this already, Vodafone has a friend at the HMRC. Actually it’s the head honcho, Dave Hartnett… who’s let them off from paying a few quid in taxes. £6 billion to be precise. Think about that when faced with with lay-offs, cuts in health and social services, tuition fees, closures of libraries and surestart centres because “there’s no money to pay for it all”.

Vodafone - let them eat beans billboard

Vodafone isn’t the only company in bed with HMRC. It’s time to demand the resignation of Dave Hartnett and for Vodafone, Top Man, Boots and all the other tax-dodging heavyweights to pay up. If you want to find out how, I recommend joining UKuncut on twitter or facebook.

You can shove your eco-friendly logos up your arse.

Sideways.

I’ve had it with the mega-corporations plastering their products with eco-friendly logos, while these are responsible for polluting our world with chemicals, fumes and insane amounts of packaging. How dumb and gullible do they think we are?

So here’s a few graphics back at you, you bastards. Feel free to use these instead, it won’t make any difference because we don’t believe your lies.

keep britain tidy, stop buying crapconcentrate formula
reducing our carbon footprintrecyclable where facilities exist

Got any good ideas for more? Send them my way and I’ll see about making a logo and adding them here, with mention of course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why I’ll be on hunger strike tomorrow.

Since September 27th, hundreds of Palestinian prisoners held captive in Israeli prisons in both Israel and Gaza have been on a hunger strike, and on Wednesday the 12th of October, I’ll be joining them. For a day.

Why?

I’m not a prisoner.
I’m not Palestinian.
I’m not Arabic.
I’m not Muslim.
I’m not religious.
I’m not anti-semitic.
I’m not an expert on the Middle East.
I’m not a journalist.
I’m not a serious blogger.

What I am is human.

And outraged that thousands of detainees, held without evidence or trial, are being denied medical attention, sufficient food and drink, family visits, access to lawyers, education, news, fresh air, space, light, interaction, hygiene, dignity. In the same facilities, those actually convicted of crimes receive far better treatment, while Palestinians are subject to solitary confinement and murdered from internationally banned torture practices, and medical negligence.

I’m outraged that an entire nation is being held prisoner by the state of Israel within its ever shrinking boundaries; brutalised, intimidated. They are not allowed to fish the seas and to do so to feed their families must risk being shot. Their houses and olive groves bulldozered to allow for the building of Israeli settlers’ houses. Their livelihoods destroyed, as with their families and hopes.

Outraged that Palestinians do not have the right to build houses, and even erect tents on their own land. That blockades prevent essential building supplies, medical supplies, food and aid from entering the country, while its population is living in fear, sorrow, poverty and unemployment.

Outraged that the mainstream media never reports on the true extent of these atrocities, if at all. There is nothing, nothing on this particular story on the BBC News website, at the time of writing anyway. Nor the Indepedent’s. Nor the Guardian. Sources I’d like to trust, at least more so than Fox News and CNN. France 24 has a tucked away article about the state of the prisoners’ health being good. Al Jazeera at least has a bit more.

I’m outraged and disgusted that the governments of the US, and European countries, aside of course from being the architects of the situation, do little now to prevent it. That they exasperate it through sanctions, support of the blockade, limit and reduction of aid, and worse of all supply arms to Israel who will indiscriminately bomb, missile and gun down innocent civilians under the guise of protecting themselves from terrorists.

Terrorists? An impoverished nation being crushed by Israel, proudly refusing to lie down and die. Wouldn’t you?

And if mainstream media continues to cover a diluted picture, at best, then just as with the Occupy movements worldwide, it’s time for people to take control and raise awareness ourselves throughout the international community. With each campaign, the Palestinian people’s voices are heard louder, globally. It’s time for more of us to speak up for those whose voices are being silenced and pressure our leaders that this is not acceptable.

It wasn’t acceptable during Apartheid, and there are so many parallels to draw on here; Thatcher declaring the ANC a terrorist organisation… The Reagan & Thatcher administrations vetoing the imposition of UN economic sanctions on South Africa… the widespread belief that the ANC would never gain power… The South African government at the end of its bloody reign becoming increasingly paranoid about security and increasing its brutality… Anti-Apartheid support growing from the international community… the release of political prisoners… reforms… the dissolution of the oppressive government… universal suffrage.

Granted this is just a quick overview of a much more involved process, but it shows that it can be done. It’s time to make the mass imprisonment of the Palestinian people – the most imprisoned people in the world – a closed chapter, to be remembered as nothing short of ethnic cleansing. The Israeli government needs to be scrutinised, stopped and held accountable for these crimes against humanity.

All things considered, a day of me not eating isn’t particularly newsworthy. But hopefully it’s grabbed the attention of a handful of people, who hopefully will pass the word on.

Thanks for reading.

If you use Twitter and want to share this story, write your own, or just spread the word, please include the hastags #HS4Palestine and  #TweepStrike.

Sources & further reading:
Palestinian Prisoners: Over 750.000 Since 1967 & just 1 Israeli in Palestinian Captivity
Occupied Palestine Blog
Every Fourth Palestinian Under Arrest
The Free Gaza Movement
The Electronic Intifada
New Internationalist Magazine: Palestine
South Africa under Apartheid

iWork 18 hours a day

Update 5th Jan 2011 — This piece is being used in the campaign to tell Apple to Stop Slavery Practices at Foxconn’s Manufacturies. Please have a look, sign & promote! http://www.change.org/petitions/tell-apple-stop-slavery-practices-at-foxconns-manufactories (Good luck Monica, and thanks for the initiative!)

Le temps des étoiles

Le temps des étoiles
(Homage à Prévert)

Il y a mille ans,
Pas si longtemps,
Deux enfants se sont trouvés
Curieusement, dans le noir,
Gardés des égards,
À peindre des étoiles.

La lampe s’est allumée,
Les ailes coupées,
Écœurés,
Le garçon prit son chemin,
La fille, égarée
Sous une pluie d’étoiles brisées.

Dans une maison grise,
Sous un ciel de pierre,
Un enfant aux yeux brilliants
Regarde sa maman
Et attend, patiemment, sans décret,
Que se rallume son étoile préferée.

Oh fuck it, says Emmeline


Would Emmeline Pankhurst have ever guessed that 100 years on, many women would be working full time at part the pay of their male counterparts, doing the housework, often still being the main carer for their children… AND be expected to look great? If she had, she might have spent more time on her chippendale scoffing scones with her tea-supping girlfriends.