EU-China Comprehensive Strategic Partnership in 2003, Brussels adopted a shift in its approach towards what is currently the world’s second-biggest economy. In the new EU Commission document EU-China: A strategic outlook, which came out in March, China is mentioned as a “systemic rival” of Europe. The departure from EU’s China Policy that views Beijing as a “strategic partner”, which was followed for more than 15 years, towards a new policy that sees China as a “systemic rival” is a very meaningful change. It symbolises the EU’s recognition of China as an economic and technological rival and at the same time as a fellow global power that is following a different development and governance model. China’s model of state-led and planned growth under the Chinese Communist Party (CPP) and led by state-owned enterprises (SOEs), both of which are longstanding and unnegotiable cornerstones of China defining itself as a socialist … [Read more...] about Is the UK prepared for a Super China and its global New Silk Road?
th April, campaigners handed in a petition signed by over 96,000 people, and an open letter signed by 89 organisations to the secretary of state for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark, urging him to refuse permission for the UK’s largest gas-fired power station yet. As the UK’s largest power station and largest single emitter of CO2, Drax Power Station is no stranger to controversy and attention from activists. In 2006, its role as the country’s largest burner of coal made it the focal point of the UK’s first ever Climate Camp; it has since drawn widespread criticism for the conversion of most of its capacity to run on biomass instead of coal; and currently, it is fighting the tide of public opinion to replace its remaining coal-burning units with a 3.6GW gas-fired power station. This is a desperate measure in the face of the planned phaseout of coal in power stations by 2025 (although a hard Brexit would put this plan into disarray). While a … [Read more...] about Activists are taking on the UK’s largest carbon culprit
Photo via the Free West Papua campaign We think we know all about the great injustices of the world. The people who have been killed, who have had their human rights transgressed, who have been illegally imprisoned, and have seen their calls for a right to Self-Determination unanswered. We might be familiar with the situations faced by the peoples of Kurdistan, Western Sahara, Kashmir, Tibet and Palestine. However much less is spoken of West Papua even though the International Headquarters of the Campaign to fight for against Human Rights abuses and self-determination is based right here in the UK. West Papua is the Western half of the Island of New Guinea off the North coast of Australia sharing the Island with Papua New Guinea which achieved its Independence from Australia in 1975. However the Western part of the Island which was a Dutch Colony is under occupation by the Indonesian State. The indigenous people of the Island of New Guinea are Papuans of Melanesian descent, quite … [Read more...] about West Papua – the world’s forgotten injustice
I have never been the greatest at maths. All the numbers on my page jumped around in no real logical order and I struggled to do basic sums nevermind a quadratic formula. Yet from age 14 onwards I was continuously offered opportunities to go on trips to mathematical research institutes and take part in extra maths tests to ‘help further my passion’. I always thought of it as odd but I was grateful for the opportunity, and the extra education despite my lack of ability. My lightbulb moment about why this was happening came when I realised I was being offered a three day science residential to talk about career prospects and university degrees in science fields for free, despite my target grades being three C’s. It then became very apparent this was happening because a STEM degree was what my teachers wanted my future to consist of- it was what they had been told to encourage. This was great for a little over 50% of my classmates all of whom loved these subjects, and … [Read more...] about Governments fixate on STEM education – so why won’t they listen to scientists on climate change?
The World Transformed, Liverpool 2017. One of the criticisms of the Corbyn project has been the lack of political education within the movement. It’s a reasonable critique – for years the left has failed to really gear up to the challenges of political education, partly because we haven’t had to seriously engage with the possibility of a socialist government. All that has changed. We need to urgently engage with the political education as a tool to unlock the potential of our mass movement.As a movement, we need to ingrain the idea that getting Corbyn into number 10 is not the end of our struggle but the beginning. And if we’re going to hold any Corbyn government to account and keep it honest, we need a movement which is confident in its analysis of power, empowered in its understanding of today’s crucial issues. We need to think tactically, identify where power lies, and build coherent plans to fight back and take power. Thinking structurally The lack of … [Read more...] about Let’s harness the power of political education