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Meeting Minutes

Maggio 27, 2019
Meeting Minutes del 28-5-2019
 
 
Basta un istante per fare un eroe, ma è necessaria una vita intera per fare un uomo onesto.
 
Paul Brulat
 
* 1926 Colpo di Stato in Portogallo: prende il potere Salazar
 
* 1912 nasce a Londra Patrick Victor Martindale White, scrittore australiano (Nobel 1973)
 
 
“Nella comunità cristiana i pensieri vanno come il resto della vita cristiana: chi pensa al più piccolo riceve anche il più grande”.
 
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

‘A Green Wave Has Swept the European Parliament’

Maggio 27, 2019

27.05.2019 – Pressenza London

‘A Green Wave Has Swept the European Parliament’
(Image by European Greens Twitter)

In Show of Demand for Climate Action, Green Parties Surge in EU Elections

A substantial share of the world has finally decided climate action is necessary now.”

Underscoring the growing demand for bold climate action that has found expression in global youth-led strikes, marches, and civil disobedience over the past year, Green parties across Europe had their strongest-everEU parliamentary election performance after running on a platform of transformative environmental change.

“It’s time the European Union puts all its efforts into a sustainable future and starts caring for its citizens.”
—Bas Eickhout, European Greens

“The Green Wave has swept across Europe. We want to thank everyone who has voted for change and climate action,” Ska Keller, a German MEP and one of the Greens’ leading candidates for European Commission president, said in a statement Sunday following four days of continent-wide voting.

“This trust given to us by voters is both a task and a responsibility to put green polices into action,” said Keller.

As The Guardian reported, the “Greens’ surge was strongest in Germany, where Die Grünen finished second behind Angela Merkel’s center-right CDU with almost 21 percent of the vote, according to provisional estimates—nearly double their 2014 total.”

Greens also had strong showings in Finland, France, and Ireland on the back of higher-than-usual voter turnout.

“Finland’s Greens… came second with 16 percent of the vote, while in a major upset, Europe Écologie-Les Verts, led by a former senior Greenpeace figure, came third in France with 13.3 percent, up from 8.9 percent,” according to The Guardian. “Against all expectations, a Portuguese Green Party won its first European parliamentary seat.”

Projections Sunday indicated that, overall, Greens secured 71 seats in the European Parliament—up from 52 seats five years ago. According to exit polling, the Greens’ surge was bolstered by strong support from young voters.

Bas Eickhout, vice president of the European Greens, said the election outcome gives the party a “mandate and duty to drive change in Europe.”

“Any new Commission should take this into account, as our program of climate protection, social justice, and defense of rule of law and democracy gave the Greens this important win,” Eickhout said in a statement. “It’s time the European Union puts all its efforts into a sustainable future and starts caring for its citizens.”

With much of the media’s attention centered on electoral gains by far-right parties amid Brexit chaos, observers argued that gains by the Greens—particularly as the climate science becomes more grim by the day—should be the focus of headlines across the globe.

“The best news of the night is Green parties winning more seats than ever in EU elections,” tweeted environmentalist Madalina Preda. “The people know we need climate action now.”

Bill McKibben, author and founder of 350.org, said the European election results make Green parties important leaders in the global fight for a livable future.

“A substantial share of the world has finally decided climate action is necessary now,” McKibben tweeted.

Meeting Minutes

Maggio 27, 2019

Meeting Minutes del 27 maggio 2019: buona settimana a tutt*

GOD’S LOVE
As near
As a prayer
God’s love
Is always there
David Herr

L’arte dello scrivere consiste nel riuscire a esprimere compiutamente quello che siamo e che pensiamo, non nel mascherarci migliore di noi stessi

Don Lorenzo Milani

* 1923 A Firenze nasce Don Milani , indimenticabile educatore e cristiano

* 1993 Attentato mafioso a Firenze

* Memoria  di Giovanni Calvino, riformatore e testimone (protestanti)

* 1867 nasce a Hanley (SStraffordshire)  Enoch  Arnold Bennet, narratore inglese

* L’unità della Chiesa non consisterà in organizzazioni, dogmi, liturgie e cuori devoti, bensì nella Parola di Dio, nella voce di Gesù Cristo.

Doetrich Bonhoeffer

Il primo ministro britannico se ne va, ma ha fatto il lavoro che le era stato assegnato

Maggio 27, 2019

26.05.2019 – Londra – Silvia Swinden

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Il primo ministro britannico se ne va, ma ha fatto il lavoro che le era stato assegnato
Ottobre 2017, proteste a Manchester in vista del congresso dei conservatori (Foto di Ilovetheeu – CC BY-SA-SA 4.0, Wikipedia)

Le lacrimose dimissioni di Theresa May hanno suscitato una serie di reazioni contrastanti.

C’è la fazione della “povera May”, secondo cui le è stato richiesto un lavoro impossibile: realizzare la Brexit in un paese diviso come i partiti politici, con una certa ammirazione per la sua resistenza (dove altri hanno visto testardaggine) e il tentativo di trovare qualcosa di positivo da dire sul “peggior Primo Ministro” di sempre.

Poi abbiamo il pezzo più illuminato di Owen Jones sul Guardian, in cui ci ricorda che come Ministro degli Interni Theresa May ha alimentando l’odio verso gli immigranti inviando furgoni con la scritta “Torna a casa” nelle comunità miste e diffuso miti perniciosi secondo cui non si riusciva a deportare immigrati clandestini perché possedevano un gattino. Durante il suo mandato i rifugiati gay si sentivano obbligati a filmare se stessi mentre facevano sesso per evitare la deportazione. “Questo, insieme all’austerità per i meno abbienti e a una maggiore ricchezza per i ricchi, ha creato l’atmosfera per il voto sulla Brexit….. “Nessun accordo è meglio di un cattivo accordo“, è diventato il suo mantra, portando le aspettative a livelli impossibili, rendendo rispettabile e perfino auspicabile un risultato disastroso.” Poi ha promosso ad addetto stampa il giornalista che aveva definito “nemici del popolo” i giudici convinti che il Parlamento debba avere l’ultima parola sulla Brexit.

Ma non c’è solo la Brexit, perché dobbiamo giudicare un primo ministro in base alle sue stesse promesse. Entrando in carica Theresa May dichiarò guerra alle “ingiustizie brucianti” che aveva correttamente identificato e che avevano spianato la strada verso la Brexit. E poi, nei tre anni successivi, ha consentito il maggiore aumento di povertà infantile degli ultimi tre decenni; una crisi degli alloggi in continuo peggioramento; lo sviluppo di un sistema di credito universale disastroso e distruttivo. L’incendio della Grenfell Tower ricorderà per sempre un ordine sociale costruito dai conservatori che privilegia il denaro rispetto alla vita umana. Lo  scandalo Windrush, in cui cittadini britannici si sono visti negare le cure mediche, sono stati cacciati di casa e perfino espulsi dal loro paese, rimarrà una lezione salutare sugli effetti della politica migratoria della May. L’ondata di crimini violenti testimonierà sempre le disastrose conseguenze dell’austerità da lei sostenuta.

Il lavoro di cui pochi sono a conoscenza

Nonostante la sua incapacità di “realizzare la Brexit”, Theresa May ha comunque conseguito con successo la parte che forse era l’unica abilitata a fare, essendo sposata con Phillip, il suo “consigliere più fidato” e dirigente di una banca d’investimento legato agli Stati Uniti, al Regno Unito e a vari gruppi finanziari. La City di Londra, l’isola finanziaria quasi indipendente accanto alla Cattedrale di St Paul, in pratica un paradiso fiscale, è riuscita a concludere un accordo con l’Europa al di fuori di qualsiasi altro accordo Brexit per garantire la continuità del suo ruolo nel settore finanziario europeo. Pressenza ha pubblicato un articolo basato sul pezzo di Simon Jenkins per il Guardian, sperando che altri potessero cogliere l’enormità di questo accordo fatto a porte chiuse, ma la maggior parte dei media lo ha ignorato.

Per dare continuità a questo processo, il Partito Conservatore è intenzionato a scegliere come prossimo Primo Ministro un duro favorevole alla Brexit come Boris Johnson (il nostro Trump!) che molto probabilmente sta lavorando per arrivare a un “No Deal” e realizzare il suo piano di unire il commercio statunitense con le privatizzazioni e la spinta alla deregulation. Pollo al cloro, ormoni e carni ripiene di antibiotici (se gli animali vengono ingrassati in questo modo, potrebbe essere questa la radice dell’obesità degli americani?) e prezzi dei farmaci molto più alti sarebbero solo l’inizio.

Il Partito Laburista chiede le elezioni politiche, ma per il momento i numeri non sono sufficienti e il fattore “paura di Corbyn” diffuso dai media permetterà ancora una volta a un gruppo ristretto di persone di decidere il destino politico di 70 milioni di cittadini.

La “povera” Theresa May lascerà la sua carica per condurre una vita agiata, mentre gli autentici poveri britannici dovranno continuare a lottare in un sistema crudele mascherato da “democrazia”.

Traduzione dall’inglese di Anna Polo

An oasis of progressive thinking in the midst of the Syrian war

Maggio 27, 2019

27.05.2019 – London UK – Silvia Swinden

An oasis of progressive thinking in the midst of the Syrian war
The Regions of North and East Syria since September 2018. (Image by Editor abcdef • CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikipedia)

Have you ever heard of Rojava, the semiautonomous Kurdish region in North West Syria? Probably not, or you may have seen a recent article/letter in The Guardian from relatives of British people who went to join the US-backed Kurdish effort to fight ISIL (several died) and now are treated like terrorists by the British Home Secretary, threatening long jail sentences when they come back.

Rojava (aka the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria) is, however, extremely interesting as one of the most creative experiments in direct Democracy, federalism, co-operative economy, gender equality, LGBT and multiethnic rights (although Kurdish dominated there are also Arabs, Assyrians and other smaller ethnic groups – Muslims, Jews and Christians) taking place in the world, all in the midst of the Syrian war and determined attempts by ISIL to expand their caliphate into their territory, which they fought with great determination, suffering around 10,000 deaths. In spite of acknowledging their central role in defeating ISIL locally and the international support they have received, their project is under threat from Turkey, and not at all clear what will be the Syrian central government’s attitude once the war is over. And they were not invited to Geneva for the peace talks as Turkey opposed it.

Perhaps it is precisely their success in creating a pocket of decentralised politics, gender equality and co-operative and green economics that make those with authoritarian tendencies feel uneasy. There are around 4 million people participating in this experiment.

David Graeber, Anthropology Lecturer from the London School of Economics went to visit a few years ago and has been writing articles about it for The Guardian, the New York Times and other publications in spite of which the project remains largely ignored. With some exceptions as they count now on the support of the British cooperative movement.

Graeber’s father had gone, together with many European young people (like George Orwell) to Spain to fight against fascism as WWII was developing its roots and Graeber sees lots of parallels with the young idealists who went to fight with the Kurds against ISIL. What he saw was how a movement somehow emerging from Marxism was inspired to develop a system more akin to libertarian socialism, or anarchism, inspired on a number of sources. Marie Bookchin and feminist theory, and Abdullah Öcalan, PKK leader serving a life sentence in Turkey (he was sentenced to death but commuted as Turkey was interested in becoming an EU member), are the central ones.

“They decided that rather than demanding a state of their own, they wished to simply make borders irrelevant and dissolve away states entirely. And it’s kind of made sense to people in that part of the world. Remember the Kurds are a population who are divided between Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey. The idea they are somehow carving a government out of that seems unlikely. And they also make the rather … a point you hear a lot of, actually, people will say, “Well, you know, we’ve come to realize in this part of the world, demanding your own country is basically the same as ‘I demand the right to be tortured by secret policemen speaking my own language’.” It’s not much of a demand. So they’ve come around to this idea of bottom-up direct democracy and sort of eliminating borders as the best way that they can come up with something like a Kurdistan that would make sense.” Mesopotamia Coop interview to David Graeber.

Rojava has its own University: “Young people in that region were historically excluded from higher education by the regime,” said Rana Khalaf, author of a paper on Rojava’s institutions. “If they wanted to study, they had to go to Aleppo. This meant that girls could not study, because their families would not allow them to commute between the two places.”At the end of its second year, Rojava University had 720 students and 127 faculty members, according to Massoud Mohammed, a media spokesman for the university.”  “A CO-OPERATIVE REVOLUTION IS HAPPENING IN NORTHERN SYRIA. People in Rojava are collectively building a society based on principles of direct democracy, ecology, and women’s liberation, with co-operation playing a crucial role in rebuilding their economy. In Bakur (the predominantly Kurdish region of eastern Turkey) people are setting up co-operatives within a similar democratic model, despite ongoing military repression by the state of Turkey.” Mesopotamia Coop

Carne Ross (30 September 2015). “The Kurds’ Democratic Experiment”New York Times: “For a former diplomat like me, I found it confusing: I kept looking for a hierarchy, the singular leader, or signs of a government line, when, in fact, there was none; there were just groups. There was none of that stifling obedience to the party, or the obsequious deference to the “big man”—a form of government all too evident just across the borders, in Turkey to the north, and the Kurdish regional government of Iraq to the south. The confident assertiveness of young people was striking.”

Rojava has many critics, as any functioning alternative to capitalism would have, and its future in such an unstable region is uncertain, but by reaching out for solidarity and showing themselves as a demonstration effect of what can be achieved through an evolving commitment to a society built from the bottom up they are increasing their chances of inspiring other parts of the Syrian society in the post war reconstruction effort, and other parts of the world.


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