No New Wars, No To Nato – Week-Long Protest of Nato Summit 2014 – 30 August – 5 September

No to Nato

60 world leaders, including Barack Obama, meet in the UK for the NATO Summit on 4-5 September to plan their war on the world. From 30 August protesters will flock to South Wales for international actions including a national demonstration, counter summit, and week-long peace camp. Stop the War and CND have organised NO TO NATO – NO NEW WARS protests from 30 August to 5 September. See the timetable of action and events below.

Transport to the national demonstration 30 August…

Saturday 30 August: Mass demonstration

March through central Newport. Assembles 1pm at the Civic Centre Car Park and marches around the town centre ending at Westgate Square for a rally.
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Sunday 31 August: Counter Summit in Cardiff

County Hall, CF10 4UW View on map
Speakers include:

No to Nato speakers

Boris Kagarlitsky RussiaJoseph Gerson USAMedea Benjamin Code Pink USAMargaretta D’Arcy IrelandJeremy Corbyn MPLindsey German Stop the War Coalition.

Sessions and workshops: • NATO expansion • The drive to war and military spending • Ukraine and a new cold war • Afghanistan – the endless occupation • Women and War • Move the money • Disarmament for Development • Palestine • Middle East: Oil & Empire • The New Nuclear Arms Race • Militarisation & Science • Singing for Peace. Full timetable here…

Post-Counter Summit Social: A Fundraiser for Gaza
The Full Moon, Womanby Street, Cardiff City Centre, CF10 1BR, Upstairs – the Moon Club.
5pm – 8pm – snacks, stalls etc.Music from 8pm. Admission £5

Performers include: Stu and Reb from Dirty Revolution (Ska-Punk-Reggae), Lynne Denman (unaccompanied Welsh singing), Salih Hassan (Palestinian Oud Player), Cosmo (Folk-punk), Novacoda (Dance), Flora Mackay (Acoustic), David Ambrose (Storytelling), Neta Hel (Poetry), Think Pretty (Acoustic), DJS – Love & Harmony Sounds, Shahid (Salsa Buena), Dave Grooveslave 

 All funds raised will go to Middle East Children’s Alliance. More details… 


Monday 1 September: Newport Alternative Summit

Newport Dolman Theatre, Emlyn Square, Newport NP20 1HY, 10.00 – 5 pm.
Topics: Drones • Women and War • Iraq • Afghanistan • Ukraine • Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty


Tuesday 2 September

Newport Alternative Summit continued
Dolman Theatre. 11am – 4pm – Sessions on Gaza • Peaceful co-existence • Victims of NATO


Wednesday 3 September

Artists and Musicians against War. All day at the Tredegar Park Peace Camp
• Kite making • anti-facial-recognition-software makeup • placard making • banner making • self-defence workshops • Urban Circle workshops • Singing peace and protest workshop • Fly Kites not Drones

Revolution Rock with Birmingham band Living Field. Open mic throughout the day until 8pm for poets and musicians.


Thursday 4 September

First day of NATO Summit. 

Newport Mass Action and March on the Celtic Manor where world leaders meet to present messages. Gather at 12.00, Cenotaph, Clarence Place

Cardiff No dinner of death. Protest World Leaders Castle banquet at 6pm to send a message from Wales and the world: Freedom for Palestine. No New Wars. Cardiff Stop the War Coalition and Cardiff Trades Council are calling for people to gather assemble Queen Street Cardiff  (Details may change due to security on this day )

Facebook event page…


Friday 5 September

Final day of NATO Summit.
Direct Actions. Street Theatre. Celebration party at the Pen and Wig in Newport from 6.00


Newport Peace Camp

A peace camp will be located in Tredegar Park, Newport, from Friday 29th August for people who wish to stay in Newport for the week. Basic facilities will be provided and the camp is recognised by the local council and police. Bring your own tents. The camp is asking for a donation of £2 per night per person. More details…

Facebook event page…


No to Nato – No New Wars

Wales could see its biggest protests in a generation as 60 world leaders meet at the Celtic Manor in Newport for the NATO summit on 4-5 September to plan their war on the world.

Previous summits in Chicago and Strasbourg saw thousands protest war, austerity and global inequality. From 30 August people will flock to South Wales for international actions including a weekend march and Counter Summit, week-long peace camp, and protests on the summit’s opening day.NATO expansion has created a dangerous crisis in Ukraine which threatens a regional war.

 

NATO’s nuclear armed alliance binds Europe to US foreign policy, a foreign policy post-Iraq increasingly unpopular around the world. It is also the military alliance currently occupying Afghanistan.

War is the enemy of the poor. At this year’s summit the US will be pressuring Western powers to increase their already huge military budgets at a time when poverty and inequality are soaring.The world’s 85 richest people have as much as poorest 3.5 billion. Money into war is money out of our communities.

In the UK, 500,000 people had to resort to food banks last year. None of the cuts would be necessary if the sums Britain spends on its military and armaments were invested in social need instead of the war machine.

This autumn the powerful will make their voices heard at the NATO summit. We must make sure that the voice of the millions around the world who need peace and justice is also heard.

The Agonist – Nietzsche and Tragedy, Spring 2014, Volume VII, Issue 1

The Wreckage of Stars: Nietzsche and the Ecstasy of Poetry – The Unstitute

The Unstitute is proud to present the essay ‘The Wreckage of Stars: Nietzsche and the Ecstasy of Poetry’ by Dr James Luchte – available in English for the first time. It has been included in the permanent archive ‘[dis]Corporate Bodies’.

The essay artfully argues against the scholastic traditions of Western academia, the creation of the modern ‘theoretical man’ and the philosophical ‘spectator’, and explores the challenging alternatives presented in Nietzsche’s ‘Thus Spoke Zarathustra’.

Read the full essay here: http://theunstitute.org/disCorporate.Bodies.2.html
Go to: The Wreckage of Stars: Nietzsche and the Ecstasy of Poetry on this site.

Mythical Sword Fighters in Shanghai

Discovering Plaid Cymru, the Party of Wales

Plaid Cymru, the Party of Wales

Plaid Cymru, the Party of Wales

The following essay, the fourth in a series of pieces engaged in Welsh and British politics, takes the position that the manifold deficits upon the Welsh political and economic landscape cannot be resolved by the current constitutional arrangement of the United Kingdom.  Moreover, against the background of the obsolescence of the constitutional order, Plaid Cymru, the Party of Wales will be introduced as an experienced and progressive voice in the Welsh experience, and as an option for an increasingly broad array of citizens in the General Elections of 2015.  Despite the fact that it has been around since 1925, still  too few in Wales itself know about a political party which is New Left, Green, Socially Liberal, Internationalist and Pro-Europe.  What makes Plaid Cymru different from the Westminster parties, including the Greens, is that the Party of Wales no longer believes that Westminster will or can fulfill the aspirations of the people of Wales for a better life.   Wales, in this light, needs a voice and direction of its own.

To read the essay, please visit Discovering Plaid Cymru, the Party of Wales

The British Wasteland: The Toxic Coalition and the Vultures of the Right

The British Wasteland: The Toxic Coalition and the Vultures of the Right

Cameron

Prime Minister David Cameron

On the Toxicity of the Coalition Government and the Cynicism of UKIP and the Tory Right

 

The British Wasteland: The Meaning of Cameron

As we can barely remember the debates between Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg, it appears that the odd man out has now obtained legitimacy, stature, plausibility. Nick Clegg was dreadful and failed to convey the very absurdity of UKIP policy on obvious grounds. The very fact that Nick Clegg stood on the same stage as Nigel Farage was a mistake and revealed his lack of political judgment.  Why were not the other two parties represented, as an all UK debate?  Or, was it, perhaps, merely a job interview for the junior partner of the next Coalition?

Clegg’s follow up criticism of Farage over Ukraine was a pathetic sideshow to the illegal Western involvement in a coup d’etat, in which fascists have now formally entered into the cabinet of a soon-to-be European government for the first time since WWII.  But, we all pretend that that did not happen and condemn Russia instead.  Farage was ironically correct on this issue that the Coalition government has ‘blood on its hands’ over Ukraine, and UKIP has never been as strong as it is today. It is now conceivable to imagine a Coalition Government in which they would be a part, such as a Conservative-UKIP alliance.

To read the rest of the article, please visit The British Wasteland

 

‘Bastion’, School of Humanities, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics

Karl Marx and the School’s adopted cat, Meow Tse Tung

In a Park in China (June 2014)

Fish in Shanghai

Fish in Garden Unit, Shanghai

The Second Mystery: Employee Ownership and the Democratic Economy

employee

This essay, which is quite different than most of the essays on this site (especially as it unavoidably includes mathematical equations) explores that which is deemed here as the ‘second mystery’, which concerns why there are not more employee owned firms, given that they have been shown to be objectively more productive.  The first mystery, which was the focus of an investigation by Roger McCain in his ‘The Mystery of Worker Buyouts of Bankrupt Firms,’ examines the reason why workers will take over a bankrupt firm (a bankrupt country, global governance), even if it means a short-term fall in wages.  His conclusion is that the Neo-Classical economic theory of John Bates Clark, which depends upon the reductive notion of rational self-interest among workers, sets forth a false conception of the interests of the worker as a ‘one-dimensional man’ (Marcuse), and thus, cannot explain the complexity and depth of the decision-making process of workers in the crisis situation of a bankrupt firm or a bankrupt planet.

In this current essay, ‘The Second Mystery: Employee Ownership and the Democratic Economy’, in addition to giving a detailed account of McCain’s essay, sets forth the political and cultural reasons for the lack of confidence and interest by the banking sector in employee owned firms.  These reasons turn on the false picture of the worker in Neo-Classical economics and the anti-democratic prejudices of the ‘movers and shakers’ of the capitalist economy, including scholars of economics.  Beyond the alternative theoretical model set forth by McCain, which is based upon Game Theory and the capacity of workers to initiate subgame strategies in the context of an employee buyout of a bankrupt firm, the essay lays out historical examples of previous successful and non-successful attempts of employee ownership, emphasising the need for the creation of a Democratic Economy which is based on a revaluation of the intelligence and capacity for self-management of employees in the context of an ongoing concern – one of the most important of which is democracy itself (and its meaning).

To read this essay, please visit ‘The Second Mystery: Employee Ownership and the Democratic Economy.’

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