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Signs of Hope – A continuing series – Week 2, Jan 12, 2017 January 12, 2017

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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Gewerkschaftler suggested this recently:

I suggest this blog should have a regular (weekly) slot where people can post happenings at the personal or political level that gives them hope that we’re perhaps not going to hell in a handbasket as quickly as we thought. Or as the phlegmatic Germans put it “hope dies last”.

Any contributions this week?

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1. Starkadder - January 12, 2017

Romanian activists in the village of Rosia Montana win a victory over the Canadian multinational trying to exploit the site:

http://wagingnonviolence.org/feature/romania-rosia-montana-gold-mine-world-heritage-victory/

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2. Michael Carley - January 13, 2017

Tristram `Scab’ Hunt is bailing out of politics to become head of the Victoria and Albert.

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Ed - January 13, 2017

The New Statesman’s pundit reckons it’s likely to be a Labour hold, if so that would be Hunt disposed of at minimal price—a good start to the year:

http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/elections/2017/01/wholl-win-stoke-trent

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oconnorlysaght - January 13, 2017

Did anyone read Hunt’s exercise in alternative universe biography ‘The Frockcoated Revolutionary’? I would not recommend it for the book club.

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3. yourcousin - January 15, 2017
4. GW - January 15, 2017

After a brief diversion into Corbyn/Migrants territory, Die Linke is rightly refusing to contest the coming national election in Germany on the issues determined by the racist nationalist right and it’s fellow travelers in other parties.

Instead first draft of the party platform (PDF) is based around solid socialist political and economic measures such as:

– Lower rents. Restarting a social housing programme.
– Europe for people instead of for banks and big companies
– For a democracy in which there is something to decide
– Decent work for all instead of low wages and precarity
– For a left feminism
– Decent education for all
– Public investment in the future and a stop to privatisation

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