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Dr Adnan Al-Daini took early retirement in 2005 as a principal lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at a British University. His PhD in Mechanical Engineering is from Birmingham University, UK. He has published numerous applied scientific research papers covering heat transfer, fluid flow and energy utilization in many industrial applications. He is a British citizen born in Iraq. Since retirement he has devoted his time and energy to building bridges and understanding between minority communities, particularly the Muslim community and the wider community in the South West of England. He was Chair of Devon Racial Equality Council between 2007/8. He writes regularly on issues of social justice and the Middle East. Adnan is a contributing writer for the Huffington Post
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 6, 2011 The Libyan revolution
Military intervention by the west in Libya would have the opposite effect to what is intended, and the urge to do so should be strongly suppressed. It would undermine the legitimacy of the revolution; it would give Gaddafi and his mercenaries the rallying cry of fighting the invaders that are coming to occupy Libya and control its resources.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 10, 2010 The Power of the Media
One of the pillars on which democracy is built is an independent free media employing responsible principled journalists. Without that democracy would be flawed and defective, but the ability of unscrupulous media and its ability to whip up fear,bigotry and xenophobia must never be under estimated. It is a tragedy and a fact of life that it is easy to demonise a country or a minority by designating it as the " other".
(8 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 4, 2014 The Obscenity of War and Military Spending in a World of Need and Suffering
A study by professor Linda J. Blimes of Harvard University concludes that the cost to the US of the Iraq and Afghan wars, taken together, will be between $4 and $6 trillion. This includes long-term medical care and disability compensation for service members, veterans and families, military replenishment and social and economic costs. The cost so far is $2 trillion.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, February 15, 2013 Global Warming: Doing Nothing or Very Little Is Not an Option
The jump in the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere since the industrial revolution, combined with the strong correlation between global temperature and CO2, represent overwhelming evidence that global warming is real and it is human-induced.
SHARE Saturday, August 4, 2012 Education -- Heading to Mediocrity for the Many
Would Einstein and Newton have made good teachers of physics and mathematics in a school? I very much doubt it. Being an expert in a particular subject does not necessarily mean you are able to teach it to a class of teenagers; obvious really, but not to Britain's Education Secretary apparently.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 11, 2014 Climate Change: The Science Is Robust, Accept it and Act
The science is ‘unequivocal’; climate change is real and human-induced. Embracing the renewable energy route will usher in a new industrial revolution that will be in harmony with our environment, and in so doing will safeguard the future of humanity.
SHARE Saturday, February 5, 2011 Revolution in Egypt: An example to us all
In January 25th's Egyptian revolution we are witnessing the yearning of the young for democracy and freedom translated into peaceful action powerful enough to shake to its foundation one of the many dictatorial and tyrannical regimes in the Middle East. Its ripples will fan out to the whole of the Arab and the Muslim world. They deserve our support, no ifs, no buts.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 3, 2015 The Greek People Have Punctured the Smugness of the "Moneymen"
Congratulations to the Greek people for democratically puncturing the smugness of the "moneymen". For far too long politicians have been paralysed by the dogma imposed by the IMF, the ECB and the European Commission, that the only way out of the economic mess we are in is austerity that hurts those most vulnerable, while the elite continue to accumulate wealth at an accelerating rate. The lack of imagination to think outside.
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 3, 2013 Money, Politics and the Science of Global Warming
It is profoundly disturbing that in the case of global warming, its existence, severity and its impact should be part of an individual's ideology instead of scientific evidence. The US matters, and such a distortion of science could have consequences that will affect all of life on earth.
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 20, 2013 Another Economic Crash Is Inevitable
The economic crash of 2008 left people in their millions across the globe bewildered and shocked by the catastrophe and devastation inflicted on their lives. People find it difficult to comprehend how a few powerful bankers could cause so much damage and misery to the lives of countless millions.
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 18, 2010 Corruption is slowly killing democracy and freedom.
Progressives, and those on the left of politics, need to find the language that resonates with ordinary people, to open their eyes to the corruption that is diminishing their lives and those of future generations. The manipulation of public opinion by the powerful in the US and Britain is corruption. Its aim is to transfer trillions of tax dollars, from the poor and middle classes, to the powerful and the rich.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 12, 2011 31-December-2011; Iraq's occupation must end, no ifs, no buts
President Obama, listen and listen good; the Iraqis want an end to the American occupation of their country, and so do the American people. Please do not let the Pentagon convince you otherwise. The Status of Forces Agreement in Iraq, known as SOFA, stipulates that all forces will leave Iraq by 31-December-2011. Please honour it.
(8 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 16, 2011 The Arab World: Ruled by dinosaurs, changed by the courageous young
One cry has become the emblem of the revolution in the entire Arab world "The people want the fall of the regime"-"Alshaab youreed isqat elnidham". The response of every dictator in the Arab world is: Who, me? Then they blame everything and everybody except themselves. What arrogance! In fact, to any objective observer of the Middle East, the question is not why the revolution is happening, but why has it taken so long?
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, February 3, 2012 The Arab Spring - Fears and Hopes
The optimism generated by the Arab spring is now giving way to anxieties about where these changes are taking Arab societies. The idealism of the young in their millions for a dignified life where human rights are respected, where the rulers serve the people instead of enslaving them, is being sorely tested by the emergence of destructive sectarianism and ethnic tensions. I am not as pessimistic as many commentators are...
(7 comments) SHARE Monday, April 25, 2011 The role of women in the Arab Awakening
Arab despots and dictators see the legitimate demands of their people for justice, human rights and freedom as a challenge to their manliness. It has inhibited them from responding intelligently and flexibly. A society with a culture that excludes women from politics, and admires a "fearless" leader, who is ruthless and unable to tolerate dissent, is a poor one with ruinous consequences for its people.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 12, 2011 The Libyan Revolution: Western military intervention? That is the question
Arab countries should be encouraged to supply the revolutionaries in Libya with the military hardware they need in their fight with the forces of tyranny. If the West has really turned a page and wants to deal with the Arabs on the basis of mutual respect and a genuine shared interest, they could do no better than to urge and cajole the Arabs to take control of their own future and destiny.
(27 comments) SHARE Friday, April 1, 2011 Western military intervention in Libya: a dilemma for progressives and the left
Progressives and the left are having a hard time dealing with western military intervention in Libya. Two principles are clashing head on. The first is: military intervention must be avoided; it is always a disaster. The second is: supporting people who have sought help from western powers, through the UN against a despot declaring war against his own people, how could we not help!
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 25, 2011 The tyranny of the "moneymen"
The gap between rich and poor in the US and the West is accelerating towards the levels that are now prevalent in the third world. The tyranny and dictatorship of corporations and the ultra rich are causing levels of hardship and pain that, if unchecked, will lead to civil unrest, and crime, and threaten community cohesion. Politicians take heed.
(11 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 25, 2012 Corrupt Capitalism -- the Denial of Equality of Opportunity
The report compares twelve developed OECD countries. Britain comes out as the most socially immobile country, followed closely by Italy and USA. Denmark has the best intergenerational social mobility, and the two countries closest to Denmark are Australia and Norway.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 30, 2013 Climate Change: Carbon Capture and Storage Is No Solution
Those of us who believe global warming/climate change is real and human-induced can be split into two camps. The first could be described as the "having their cake and eating it" camp; they argue that the technology of carbon capture and storage (CCS) will allow us to carry on burning fossil fuel but capturing CO2 to prevent it from damaging our habitat.
(22 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 23, 2011 Norway's Agony, and Responsible Reporting
Terrorism linked to extremism of any hue is deadly, and reporting it responsibly is paramount. Churchill's remark, in another context, of "careless talk costs lives" comes to mind. Extremist groups of any kind are driven by hate. Sensational, inaccurate reporting stokes up this hatred to the point where innocents may suffer, simply because they belong to a certain ethnic or religious group.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 1, 2011 US Predator and Reaper drones, the war on terror, and Mr. Obama
There is a moral black hole at the core of the so called "war on terror'. It is a lack of empathy: an inability of politicians in the US and Europe to put themselves in the position of the "other', and to envision the world from the perspective of people at the receiving end of the most lethal weapons of war known to humanity.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 11, 2010 WikiLeaks exposes the unhealthy relationship between Britain and the US
WikiLeaks cables are giving the world a glimpse of the hypocrisy and the double talk that world leaders are engaged in. It is one thing for unelected, assorted despots, dictators, kings and princes in the Middle East to secretly make remarks they don't want their people to know about; it is quite another to discover leaders of western democracies engaging in a similar deception.
SHARE Tuesday, December 13, 2011 What is Britain's Labour Party For?
"It doesn't really matter if it's Labour or Conservative because the people behind the scenes are always the same..." said a 23 year-old man from Liverpool who took part in the August 2011 UK riots.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 27, 2013 Can You Pursue Happiness!
Pursuing happiness is another manifestation of self obsession; it is the antithesis of what happiness is about. It is not something to be pursued; it is a by-product of our relationships with other human beings, and best achieved by helping others and by being kind, empathetic and forgiving.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 6, 2011 Progressives and the left: a problem in communication
Communication has become the art of the sound bite; infuriating, though that is, it is the reality of the world we inhabit. S/he who is good at simplifying a complicated issue but keeps the essence of it is the one who will reach the widest audience. The left and progressives are too clever by half. They get the complexities, but are loath to simplify for fear of losing some strands of the argument.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 17, 2011 The Iraq war: lies exposed, what now?
Iraq's connection with al-Qaida -- a lie, Iraq's purchase of uranium from Niger -- a lie, mobile biological weapons programme - a lie. Three lies justifying the war on Iraq in 2003. When and if the drums of war start beating against another unfortunate developing country, the American and British people need to be vigilant about what might be done in their name.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, September 7, 2012 Unemployment, Homelessness, and Debt: the Plight of the Young
It is not a good time to be young. Our youth are bearing the brunt of the economic depression and its self-defeating solution of austerity and cuts. The future to them looks bleak; unemployment, debt and homelessness in various combinations, or all three beckon. Of course these three scourges (unemployment-debt-homelessness) are linked.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, May 6, 2011 Osama bin Laden and the "war on terror"
The endless "war on terror" has been a massive fraud, driven by powerful individuals and corporations to transfer trillions of tax dollars from ordinary American citizens to powerful corporations and individuals. Ordinary people are subjected to a barrage of propaganda diverting their attention from the policies that degrade their lives; they direct their anger and frustration at minorities and the vulnerable.
SHARE Wednesday, February 9, 2011 British Anti-terrorism Policy Reviewed, but Made Worse
When it comes to terrorism and its roots, successive British governments have abandoned rigorous analysis in favour of shallow assertions that pander to racist, narrow-minded sentiments. Experts and grass roots Muslims tell the government in numerous meetings and conferences that British foreign policy and wars are acting as a recruiting sergeant for international terrorism; the government turns a deaf ear.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, January 14, 2011 The Tea Party - Principles, Contradictions, and Confusions
It is difficult for me to comprehend the motives behind the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords that also left six people dead, including a child. The extreme anger, the inflammatory language, and the vitriol the far right and the Tea Party are heaping on the democrats and president Obama in particular are difficult to understand. What have Obama and the Democratic Party done that was so different from George Bush.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, January 21, 2011 The unemployed and top bankers: Misery for one, obscene extravagance for the other
How is it that bankers using money, made by hardworking ordinary people, to manipulate financial markets employing casino type methods, are worth so much more than the people who make it? People would accept hardship and cuts if they perceived that the load was shared fairly and justly, with those most able shouldering a heavier load.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 2, 2011 US Occupation of Iraq: When, oh When will it End?
The American army withdrew from Iraqi cities on 30-June-2009 to bases scattered all over Iraq. And since that date they have suffered 132 dead and 804 injured. In whose interests are they being killed or injured on an almost daily basis? In whose interests are American tax dollars being spent? It is certainly not in the interests of ordinary Americans or Iraqis. Honour the agreement and end the occupation on 31-December-2011
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, March 21, 2011 Western military intervention in Libya; a challenge to the left
Gaddafi's violent, no holds barred response to the reasonable demands of the revolutionary youth has left the Libyan people with limited choices in their struggle with his tyranny. These choices are either bad or very bad. The Arab revolution that had its spark lit in Tunisia is a revolution by the Arab masses, owned by them, and not orchestrated by foreign powers, east or west.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 27, 2010 America and Britain's "Special Relationship", has it served the people? Not on your nelly.
The image that pops into my head when I think of "the special relationship" between the US and Britain is of Tony Blair and George Bush wearing tight jeans and windcheaters, walking towards the camera on George Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas. The smirk on Tony Blair's face projects an image of "Look at me, aren't I great; I am next to the most powerful person on the planet, and we have just decided to pulverise Iraq".
SHARE Wednesday, December 14, 2011 David Cameron Barked Up the Wrong Euro Tree
Could one do the right thing for the wrong reasons? Yes. Does it matter that it is for the wrong reasons? It does, if it shows a mindset from which other actions may follow that are wrong, uninformed and damaging.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 10, 2012 We Don't Need to Sacrifice Social Justice for Good Economic Performance
The widening gap between the 1%ers and the rest is a cancerous growth that destroys the health of our societies, rich and poor. Free market economics - shrinking the state, low government spending and unleashing the market beast into every facet of society -- is not only morally wrong, but also economically unjustifiable.
SHARE Thursday, January 27, 2011 Corporate Media: Hang your heads in shame
Under authoritarian regimes, the media is controlled and policed by the state and its security and military arms. In democracies we are supposed to have a free media, truthfully, impartially and responsibly reporting news and events domestically and internationally. Unfortunately we do not; replacing the state by powerful ultra rich media moguls and powerful corporations does not make the media free.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, June 13, 2011 Workers of the world unite; the "moneymen" are coming
Be afraid; be very afraid; the "moneymen" are coming. Casino-type raw capitalism is bad for your health, bad for your old age, bad for the education of your children. The power of capital is global, financiers, bankers, private equity funds, the IMF, the World Bank, in short the "moneymen", are not constrained by borders or the sovereignty of a state. The resistance to their destructive power must also be organized globally.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, December 2, 2016 Globalisation and Free-Market Capitalism Are Tearing Our Societies Apart
A fundamental change in the way capitalism works is essential. Cosmetic changes or just words, not backed by action, will not do. Otherwise, I fear for the cohesion of our societies with the demagogues and charlatans directing the anger and frustration of the masses, not at the economic system causing the poverty of the many, but towards the weakest, poorest and most vulnerable members of our society.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 17, 2010 Terrorism, its roots, and the smart way to combat it
Hypocrisy, double speak, double standards and wars are what characterise western policy and treatment of the Muslim world. Political leaders in America and Britain suffer from "colonial arrogance" syndrome. It renders sufferers incapable of tolerating such countries having an independent foreign policy. Total obedience is required at all times, threatening military action if those countries do not toe the line.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 17, 2011 The Military-Industrial Complex: The Danger Within
The ensuing decade of wars have caused death, injury and misery to millions of innocents with a final bill of up to 4.4 trillion dollars to western tax payers, but have they made us any safer? Putting aside the immorality, the suffering, and sheer inhumanity of these wars, they have been a gigantic fraud on American and British taxpayers.
SHARE Monday, February 21, 2011 The Arab World: a revolution for human rights, democracy and freedom
The voracious corporations in the US and UK represented by the financial-military-industrial complex and their agents, aka the tyrannical rulers of the Arab world, who treat their countries as their own private fiefdoms, have enriched themselves at the expense of the poor and the powerless in the Arab world, the US and Britain.
SHARE Tuesday, March 1, 2011 Iraq: Joining the revolution in the Arab world
It is clear that the youth of the Arab world have gone back to first principles in their quest for a better future. They seek a democratic system that is free of corruption and cares about and serves the interests of ordinary people. Western models of democracy are in need of reform and who knows, the Arab revolution may point the way.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 24, 2010 NATO, is there an alternative? You bet.
The combined military spending of NATO is 70% of the world's total military spending, with the United States alone accounting for 43% of the world's total military spending. It is clear that the purpose of such massive military hardware and fire power is to bully and intimidate nations to compel them to toe the line in their foreign and economic policies.
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 14, 2011 The Wretched "War on Terror" and the Rule of Law
The wretched "war on terror" has led to the invention of phrases and rebranding of nasty illegal practices, in a cynical way to circumvent the rule of law, with the English language stretched to the point where words began to take on new more sinister meanings.
SHARE Saturday, May 11, 2013 Climate Change: Governments Must Act to Reduce CO2 Emissions
If we, as a society, deem climate change the greatest threat facing humanity and that urgent action is needed to limit our CO2 emissions, then printing money to achieve that aim need not be inflationary because there is corresponding work associated with it, creating sustainable growth and boosting GDP. Systems will be manufactured, people will be employed, and opportunities for export will open up.
(6 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 23, 2013 Performance-Related Pay for Teachers Harms Education
The emphasis by successive governments on testing and inspections as a means of improving education has harmed real education. It has lowered the morale of our teachers, and has raised the levels of stress and anxiety of our children. Performance-related pay is yet another policy that will add to the stress of an already stressed and demoralized profession.
(11 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 28, 2011 Western Military Intervention in Libya - How Will It End?
Commentators on the left and right are confusingly comparing Libya and Iraq and deducing erroneous conclusions; they are ignoring some very fundamental differences. It is one thing to respond to a cry of help with limited support (no boots on the ground) to a popular uprising; it is quite another to wage an illegal war and subject a country to a brutal occupation based on a pack of lies.
(9 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 16, 2011 Europe: It's a No Brainer - Ditch the Euro, Preserve Democracy, Justice and Freedom
"If the Euro fails, then Europe fails" - so said Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor. This is what we have been hearing from pundits and experts for weeks now. Predictions of economic Armageddon if the eurozone breaks up have been aired ad nauseam by politicians and experts. Commentators and journalists hardly ever ask the two most important questions. Why? How?
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 26, 2012 Homelessness: the Destruction of Lives
The lives of most people are dependent on the modest wages they receive from work to survive and keep a roof over their family's heads. Any interruption of that income due to illness or unemployment of the breadwinner could tip the family into homelessness. Most of us feel "there but for the grace of God go I".
SHARE Thursday, October 1, 2015 Nuclear Electricity Generation Belongs to the Past Not the Future
So the British government's response to climate change is to go nuclear. The Hinkley Point nuclear power station is to be built jointly by Chinese companies and the French state-owned energy company EDF. The cost of building the plant is estimated to be -25bn.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 16, 2012 Prescriptive Math Teaching Impedes Real Understanding
Having trashed teaching qualification (QTS) by telling academies that they could appoint teachers without QTS qualifications, Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, is at it again, this time telling teachers how to teach mathematics. Whatever next? Andrew Lansley, the Health Secretary, telling doctors how to treat patients?
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, November 4, 2011 The Evils Of Obscene Income Inequality
The greed, excess and selfishness that brought liberal democracy and capitalism to the edge of the abyss have been demonstrated once again by the latest research from Income Data Services (IDS). It shows that the pay of directors of the UK's top businesses (FTSE 100) rose by 49% over the past year, bringing their average pay package to about 2.7 million pounds.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 1, 2011 Patenting "The Staff of Life" is Ruinous to Iraq's Agriculture
Farming in Iraq had an inbuilt informal ability to improve the quality of the wheat grain. This method of sharing expertise, and the use of knowledge passed down through the generations were applied to every aspect of farming and fruit orchards to improve the quality and quantity of the produce. Order 81 on patenting makes this method of farming history.
SHARE Thursday, January 12, 2012 Iraq - Heroism Amidst the Carnage
In the daily carnage of today's Iraq, with bombs and shootings targeting the innocent, one is forgiven for feeling despair at the sheer wickedness and inhumanity of these deeds. In the midst of the misery and carnage, however, an act of heroism and sacrifice that shows the true face of Iraq has passed completely unreported by western media.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, April 19, 2013 Wasting Food and Hunger Side by Side, Scandalous
In the industrialized west we need only a change in the way we think about food to reduce appreciably the waste. In the developing world the problems are more complex, but the west can help and in so doing help our economies.
(11 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 5, 2016 Basic Income: We Cannot Afford Not to Do It
Basic Income is an idea whose time has come. It will reduce the level of anxiety and stress that many suffer as a result of low wages and work insecurity. In short, it is good for people and good for the economy. As a society we cannot afford not to do it.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, June 10, 2011 Care for the vulnerable and profit don't mix
The market knows best, is the mantra of the moneymen; let private enterprise, financiers, and bankers, run everything. Competition will deliver good quality service. Light touch regulation and light touch supervision should be the order of the day. Otherwise you will kill innovation and progress. Two scandals in Britain this week have awakened ordinary Brits to the fallacy that such sentiments are universal.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 6, 2011 Rejection Of Eurozone Conditions Is The Best Option For The Greek People
I say to the Greek people: You have been treated shabbily by the rest of Europe. You have a beautiful country and proud history; leave the madness of the Eurozone. Take your destiny in your own hands and build an economy on the skills and expertise of your people, with a strong democratic oversight. The Eurozone is run by oligarchs and financiers who know the price of everything but the value of nothing.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, December 6, 2010 The War on Terror; is it value for money or senseless carnage?
The reaction of the US to 9/11 was akin to a muscle bound giant stung by a wasp. His response was to thrash around ignoring the shouts from those around him to use the antihistamine cream. Bruised and battered as he hits the walls around him he demands to know where the wasp has come from, vowing to destroy every place where wasps might live. Ten years since 9/11 and the endless wars continue with no discernable achievement.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, October 4, 2013 The Madness of Never-Ending Economic Growth
Our societies need a paradigm shift in what we value. We need to treat our environment and our planet with the respect that is essential for our survival as a species. We owe it to our children and grandchildren to alter the destructive path on which humanity is currently travelling.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, February 17, 2012 Orthodox Economics Gone Mad
Capitalism is grinding to a halt because the market is confined to the rich, who are over indulged and cannot consume any more. It is enlightened self interest to help those poor at home and worldwide who need the basics of life to get them onto their feet; they will then need more goods and services, demand will increase, and thus get the engine of capitalism working to supply it.
SHARE Tuesday, January 31, 2017 Trump's Travel Ban Is an Affront To Civilised Values
President Trump banning people from certain countries entering the US has robbed millions of people of their individuality. They are no longer separate human beings with their own thoughts, principles, likes, dislikes, fears and hopes. It is treating them all as an amorphous mass of humanity, not worthy of the right to be judged personally by their deeds and words.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 31, 2011 The Agony of Iraq, the Country of My Birth
As a 17-year-old in 1962, I was one of a group of about 10 Iraqi students doing A levels in a college in the UK. The group included three Christians, one Kurd and the rest were Muslims. Do not ask me how many of the Muslims were Shia and how many were Sunni. I had no idea. I only knew of the religion and ethnicity of others through casual conversations. The only label that mattered was that we were all Iraqis.
SHARE Friday, November 11, 2016 Trump's Win: a Lesson for Britain's Labour Party
So now we know. The 45th President of the United States will be Donald Trump, a billionaire who has presented himself as an insurgent anti-establishment figure who promised change. And what did the Democratic Party machine do? Instead of choosing their own insurgent who defined himself as a democratic socialist, Bernie Sanders, they chose the establishment- personified figure, Hillary Clinton. How dumb was that?
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 4, 2017 Empathy: What Our Dysfunctional World Needs
We must resist the temptation to block our empathy by the barriers of colour, religion or ethnicity. Our humanity should trump such feelings. It is the stronger bond that bind us all to this fragile planet.
SHARE Sunday, January 9, 2011 The Death Throes of Democracy in the US and the UK
You wonder why anybody bothers to vote. The anger of the public with bankers and their demands to make them pay for the mess they have created in the US and Britain seem to have fallen on deaf ears, and are ignored by politicians, even though British banks had a trillion pounds of public money pumped into them, with trillions more into US banks.
(7 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 28, 2016 Repair-Not-Replace: Good for Your Pocket and Good for the Planet
Climate change is with us already and such measures are needed as a matter of urgency. Such a proposal should not be a party political issue. Good quality jobs would be created in the country where the appliance is used. It would save the consumer money, and it is good for the environment.
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 11, 2011 QE - Quantitative Easing or Questionable Economics?
We all know QE stands for Quantitative Easing; a better description would be Questionable Economics. This is the process by which money is created electronically and pumped into banks' coffers. The more I read about it, the more convinced I become that this is a racket that enriches the banks and endangers the real economy, making the current dire economic situation worse.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, October 17, 2011 The Economy: It's the Poverty, Stupid
The politicians are unwilling, unable, or both, to tackle the causes of the economic problem which are the lack of demand as a result of unemployment, cuts in real wages and soaring energy prices. Instead, they continue to pump more and more billions into the banks, with the gap between the poor and the super-rich that lies at the core of the problem forever widening.
(11 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 27, 2016 How Would You Use Your wealth If It Were $28 Billion?
What sort of system have we created that relentlessly siphons wealth from the poor to the richest 1%, and in the process deprives humanity of the resources that could bring happiness, contentment and joy to billions of people? When, oh when, will world leaders take concrete steps to remedy this injustice and unfairness?
(12 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 28, 2013 Privatizing the National Health Service and Education Are Acts of Vandalism
What is it with neoliberal/neoconservative politicians and their ideological obsession with the market? In their view of human nature and public ownership, privatization would magically improve everything. To them, evidence-based decision making is not necessary; they have an ideologically blind belief in the transformative power of markets.
(6 comments) SHARE Monday, September 26, 2011 Economics of the Madhouse
The maddening thing is that politicians are so awestruck and mesmerised by the "moneymen", that they keep pumping more money into their coffers in the hope that something will trickle down to make the machine work. Politicians, please stop listening to the "moneymen". Go back to first principles and start using some common sense.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 14, 2012 Syria: Beware the Evils of Sectarianism
A genuine uprising for justice, freedom and dignity is morphing into a sectarian one that will hurt all the Syrian people through the sheer bloody mindedness of the al-Assad regime, and through interference of neighbours and foreign powers. I want an end to despotism in Syria, but I do not want "the baby thrown out with the bathwater". Is it too late for that? I hope and pray it isn't.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, June 4, 2012 Austerity in the Midst of a Depression - Mad, Bad and Immoral
It is galling that the UK government has embarked on the route of austerity and cuts voluntarily, as if this is some sort of a virility test to show that the "Brits" are more macho than the rest of Europe. Or could it be that the mantra of "shrinking the state" and "the market knows best" is trumping reason once again.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 23, 2011 Libya and the West
NATO Chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said today (August 22, 2011) "NATO wants the Libyan people to be able to decide their future in freedom and in peace." Dare I hope that the statement is sincerely meant? Or am I being naïve?
SHARE Sunday, February 7, 2016 Obscene Bosses' Salaries Are Subsidized by Taxpayers
Fairness and justice are the pillars on which successful, happy societies are built. The present system that siphons so much wealth to the top 1% to the impoverishment of the rest is neither fair, nor just. Failure to take action will result in the whole of society becoming the poorer; we will all suffer rich and poor.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 24, 2012 The British National Health Service - Is It Safe With the Tories?
The National Health Service is just about all that is left from the mixed economy that characterised Britain not long ago. This government knows that it cannot get away with a full frontal attack on this most cherished of Britain's institutions. I fear that their Health and Social care bill is a way of salami-slicing the privatisation of the NHS.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, April 8, 2013 Cutting the Welfare Safety Net Is Not the Way to 'Make Work Pay'
So, there are far better and just ways to tackle the deficit and make work pay than going after the poor and vulnerable in our society. A prime example of that meanness of spirit is the bedroom tax that saves no more than -465m and possibly far less, but will affect 660,000 people, two-thirds of whom are disabled.
SHARE Monday, December 5, 2011 Callous and Cruel to the Vulnerable and the Poor
George Osborne, the British Chancellor's autumn statement may be many things, but fair and just it is not. Some of the poorest members of our society, public workers, who do valuable work that distinguishes a caring society from one that is not, are to carry a heavy load for dire economic conditions not of their making.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 2, 2013 Boom and Bust, Fuelled by Banks for Benefit of Banks
One can see that if you want to create a bubble economy that enriches the banks, but starves the wealth-creating sector, you would be hard put to devise a better system. The bursting of the bubble becomes inevitable, leading to the misery and ruin of millions of lives.
SHARE Thursday, January 5, 2012 The Plight of Iraqi Children
The sectarian and ethnic divisions among Iraqi politicians have now become so deep that trust across the sectarian and ethnic schisms, Shia, Sunni, Kurdish, is now practically non-existent. Any action or statement by any politician, whether well-intentioned or not, is viewed through this destructive prism. Is there any action that all politicians could agree upon that could not possibly be interpreted as suspicious?
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 6, 2012 Beware Market Extremism
Market fundamentalism is to be given free reign; never mind that it was the erroneous notion "the market knows best" that brought us the economic depression engulfing western societies. Austerity programmes and cuts are causing distress, hardship and misery to the majority of people in the west. This same blind belief in markets is also blighting the lives of billions more worldwide.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 22, 2011 In Praise of Taxation
Salaries above a certain threshold earned by the super rich are used as a status symbol, part of the "because you are worth it" culture that now permeates our society. It is a way of massaging the massive egos of those people. It is a competitive weapon in their battle with other like minded bosses that shouts, "I am at least as important as you if not more important". Look at my salary.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 26, 2012 Workers Rights Are Fundamental Human Rights
Exploitation and oppression have been with us since the dawn of time, by the strong of the weak, men of women, the rich of the poor. A measure of civilised societies is their effectiveness in mitigating and controlling such unfair and unjust practices.
SHARE Tuesday, June 30, 2015 A Greek Tragedy That Can Only Be Ended by Greece Leaving the Euro
Have the people of Greece been singled out for particularly harsh punishment by its international creditors for daring to elect Syriza? Are they being used as a warning to other countries not to emulate Greece? The economic argument for demanding more cuts and austerity no longer makes any sense.
SHARE Monday, January 9, 2012 Iraq - Humble Advice to Its People
Edmund Burke, the Irish political philosopher, wrote: "When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle." Looking at today's Iraq, I could think of no better advice than that uttered by Edmund Burke in 1770.
SHARE Wednesday, December 9, 2015 Climate Change: Fairness and Justice for all Humanity Must Guide our Paris Decisions (COP21)
As a species we have tremendous talents. Our scientific achievements are incredible; our advances in medicine and technology are stunning. So let us give our ingenuity and imagination a free rein to think beyond our borders. Let us work together to face climate change in a spirit of fairness and justice, guided by our shared humanity regardless of where we happen to live.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 3, 2012 By George, British Politics is Opening Up; An Example to America? Perhaps
The Bradford West by-election has demonstrated the pent up distrust of all major parties and their policies of wars and cuts. People are yearning for leaders who can sincerely articulate their worries and their struggles; George Galloway did that and the electorate rewarded him with an emphatic win.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 24, 2012 The British Liberal Democratic Party is Heading for Oblivion
The principled stand by the British Liberal Democratic party under Charles Kennedy against the Iraq war earned it the respect of the majority of the British electorate; I was one of them. All that has now been squandered under the leadership of Nick Clegg. Entering a coalition agreement with the Conservative party was a strategic blunder that is going to take you a long time to recover from. It may even be terminal.
SHARE Tuesday, August 23, 2011 Society's Cohesion, Fairness, and the Cuts
People could accept hardship and cuts if they perceived that the load was being shared fairly and justly, with those most able shouldering a heavier load. The Prime Minister and the Cabinet collectively must look at policies holistically, and subject them to a societal impact assessment to see their effects on society as a whole.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 17, 2012 Why We Should Empathize With Asylum Seekers
Applicants who do not qualify for refugee status under the 1951 UN convention on refugees are guilty of no more than being economic migrants trying to improve their future chances and that of their families. And let us be honest, how many of us would not do the same if we found ourselves under similar circumstances.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, March 19, 2012 Politics, Reason and the Courage to Confront Dogma
Progressives and the left need to have the confidence to confront dogmas that are presented by the right as self-evident; they need to articulate counter messages that resonate with ordinary people if they are serious about changing society and the politics that are impoverishing the quality of life of the majority in Europe and the U.S.