Support Stop the South London Incinerator Campaign

By John Eden

Croydon Tory Council are supporting the building of an enormous Incinerator at Beddington Lane, when built it will be run by private contractors for profit. The contact will be worth £1billion, private profit and people’s health are incompatible. The site will be close to Croydon North, which is the largest mainland Parliamentary constituency in England, it is overwhelmingly working class, every local councillor, and there are twenty four are Labour. This is a part of Croydon the Tories can’t win and the Labour party can’t lose, that’s why it seems they are putting all their efforts into winning the three seats in the Waddon ward and one in the New Addington ward in the local elections in 2014, if Labour win three, they then will control of the Council, but by then the Incinerator will have been built. The time to fight is now! That’s why we support the “Stop the South London Incinerator Campaign”

Visit their website www.stoptheincinerator.co.uk  read about the dangers of incineration and sign their online petition.

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Sign petition for public inquiry into jailing of the Shrewsbury Pickets

By John Eden.

It’s 40 years ago that the National Builders Strike began,the first national strike of building workers since 1924. I took part in it while working in Leicester as a Carpenter and Joiner, I was then a member of the Socialist Labour League, which in 1973 became the Workers Revolutionary Party. It was mainly WRP building workers that organised a march from Wigan to London in 1975 for the jailed Shrewsbury pickets which ended in a rally at Trafalgar Square, see photo left, somewhere there I will be present. Peter Farrell a member of UCATT the main union in the building trade and active in the Justice for the Shrewsbury pickets as launched an online petition. Peter is no doubt there in the photo somewhere.The aim of the petition is to get a public enquiry into the events surrounding the jailing of innocent building workers following the strike.  Sign the petition at http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Justice_for_Shrewsbury_Pickets_40_years_on/?tta

Photo above by Workers Press 26th feb 1975

For details of the 1972 strike, the jailings and the latest campaign for justice e-mail justice4pickets@gmail.com

Backlash Against Corporate Greed

Chris Guiton

There have been a number of  reports recently in the media about the backlash against the latest round of excessive chief executive pay packets in the context of the so-called ‘Shareholder Spring’. Unfortunately, like the ‘Arab Spring’, this seasonal change has been wildly over-egged by the media. No doubt because it’s a useful distraction from the very real problems generated by our turbo-charged system of finance capitalism.

The drivers behind the seemingly endless CEO pay ratchet are unlikely to be seriously undermined by current Government proposals to give greater power to shareholders. More importantly, they ignore the elephant in the room: the ‘Shareholder Spring’ is a struggle between senior executives and shareholders for control of corporate profits which offers little comfort to the workers who have actually produced the wealth and who fund these obscene ‘rewards’.

While we remain in a capitalist system, the only real mechanisms that will limit the greed of the City and business elite are a supertax on wealth and income; corporate legislation applying to all major companies, which awards equal voting rights between management and workforce representatives; and legal caps on executive pay, expressed as multiples of median pay. Or we could, of course, consider genuine socialist alternatives to this current madness!

Syria end coming for the Assad regime.

By John Eden.

It looks now that the UN or Nato is going to intervene, the tide is turning against the regime, especially since the Huala massacre, but this event is more likely to be the result of the fact that the tide had already turn against Assad. Just as the intervention of NATO in Bosnia only came after three years of bloody war, and only after the Bosnian and Croat armies had routed the Bosnian Serbian and Serbian armies in the late spring and early summer of 1995 did the West intervene, they were quite content to hide behind Russian objections.

But why would the West intervene to support the opposition in Syria, who have been mainly made up from the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood? who are no friends of the West and opponents of the Israeli State,the reason is they are not supporting them.

What as happened since the resent massacre’s is the beginnings of split between the Assad regime and the Sunni bourgeoise, an alliance cemented in the Baathist military coup against the civilian Baathist regime of General Saleh Jadid in late 1970.

It as been reported that Sunni bourgeoise since the massacre’s have been shutting down their shops and businesses early in protest against these massacre’s clearly blaming forces loyal to the regime. It is these Sunni bourgeoise elements that comprise the main ruling elements in Syria, as they have always done, that the West is relying on to provide the basis of a post Assad regime, this was clearly stated some months ago in one broad sheet newspaper, these people will be propped up by the West’s intervention at the expense of the present internal armed opposition which is overwhelming from the poor and mainly Sunni population.

More on the end game for Assad.

James Brooke

June 29, 2012

MOSCOW — On the eve of Saturday’s international meeting in Geneva on the future of Syria, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed Syria with her Russian counterpart in a meeting Friday in St. Petersburg.

Before the meeting, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov distanced himself from a draft United Nations resolution that signaled peace will only come to Syria if President Bashar al-Assad steps down.

He says a Syrian solution can only be made by Syrians.

That said, Russia will participate in the Syria conference Saturday – a meeting that will have no Syrian participants.

Analysts here say the Kremlin is starting to think that Mr. Assad may not survive as president much longer. They say Russia is working on “Plan B.” This would be a negotiated political solution that would include members of the Assad government, but not President Assad.

“The Russians now realize that it would be very difficult, if possible at all, to keep Bashar al-Assad in power, even if he is ready to make serious concessions to the opposition,” Andrei Kortunov, president of the New Eurasia Foundation, a non-profit group in Moscow.

Kortunov and other analysts say Russian demands would include safety for the Syrian president and his family, participation of existing government figures in a coalition government, and protection for Syrian minorities such as Christians, Armenians and Circassians – descendants of a group deported from Czarist Russia in the 1860s.

Russia is often seen as President Assad’s closest big-power ally. Moscow’s state-controlled television and newspapers routinely relay the official line of Damascus, saying that the 16-month-old uprising is the work of foreign powers and “terrorists.”

For 40 years, the Kremlin has maintained close ties with the Assad family. Today, Russia is Syria’s biggest military supplier and maintains a naval station on Syria’s Mediterranean coast. Russia is completing contracts to modernize 20 attack helicopters and 100 Soviet era tanks.

Ruslan Aliyev, an analyst with the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, a Moscow research organization close to Russia’s defense industry, says the ties with Damascus are often more emotional than rational.

He says Syria is not a major market for Russian arms sales “Syria is not a principle customer for Russia. It’s not the most be weapons’ market in the world, or in the region for that matter,” Aliyev said in an interview.In regards to the Naval base, strictly speaking, it’s not really a base at all. It’s a small point on the global map where Russian ships can occasionally stop off to get food and water supplies, and where ships can have minor repairs.”

He and other analysts here say Russia main interest is to keep Syria from disintegrating into a failed state where Islamic radicalism would thrive.

Mark Galeotti, chairman of New York University’s Center for Global Affairs, agrees.

“It’s important to stress that it’s not that Russia has some particular enthusiasm for the Assad regime,” said Galeotti, a Russia expert. “They are desperate to avoid chaos in the area. And their experience is that, on the whole, Western experiments and regime
change have always led to, not just chaos, but the rise of Islamist governments that frankly would be very bad news for Moscow.”

Moscow has been battling Islamic radicalism for more than three decades – since the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1979. A central thrust of Kremlin policy has been to avoid – or at least contain – this radicalism.

Galeotti and others say Russia’s goal in Syria is to move from the current state of civil war to a moderate, tolerant Sunni regime.

“They would much rather see some stable regime,” he said Friday. “I think in this respect, the Russians would be very happy to broker some kind of deal, which would see maybe the Assad family depart from Syria. ”

The Kremlin’s challenge will be to get from here to there – without being seen as following Washington’s lead.