Archive for January, 2009

17 Student Occupations so far this month

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

I am amazed at the wave of student activism that is sweeping the UK. I’m still trying to keep track of it all or at least link to people keeping track of it at and that has totally absorbed me over the last couple of days. I rush home from work to update, I […]

Obama’s policy of war

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

It will not come as a surprise to many of you that within days of taking office Barack Obama has sanctioned two missile attacks in Pakistan – which have killed dozens of civilians. He also announced the doubling of US troop numbers in Afghanistan to 60,000. Same old war policies, different face. Chomsky comments on […]

Monday, January 26th, 2009

I have a new site up and running all about occupations. It’s in its infancy so be kind!

BBC Headquaters in Glasgow occupied in protest

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Stop the War have occupied the BBC headquarters in Glasgow. It’s all over the web – they have demanded to see a senior representative of the BBC. It’s great to see so much action being taken. More info about it on LSE Occupation website.

University Students Occupy in support of Palestinians and Tony Benn makes a stand

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

The situation in Gaze continues – over a dozen universities in the UK have seen student occupations some of which seem to have been successful to some degree. The universities so far are: SOAS – Occupation 13th-16th January LSE – Occupation 15th-22nd January Essex – Occupation started 16th January and still going King’s College Occupation […]

The Five Filters – Garage Science meets the Propaganda model

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

K is off to Madrid next week to the MediaLab-Prado Grange Science Interactivos workshop. He is going to be making a project named after and based on The Five Filters from the Propaganda Model as put forward in the book by Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky called Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the […]

Change I don’t believe in

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

While it would be nice to believe that Obama ascension to presidency is going to usher in a new era I remain staunchly pessimistic. John Pilger points out that “Obama’s campaign was funded largely by rapacious capital, such as Citigroup and others responsible for the sub-prime mortgage scandal” and I guess He who Pays wins. […]

University of Cambridge celebrates 800 years

Monday, January 19th, 2009

I was in Cambridge over the weekend and got to see some of the celebrations for the 800 year anniversary of the university. On Saturday night there was a wonderful light show projected on to the Senate House with illustrations by Quentin Blake. On Sunday morning Tim and I wandered to the Fitzwilliam to see […]

We won’t do business with Israel

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

I can’t believe the horror is continuing on Palestine. How dare the Israeli government perpetuate such atrocities in the face of the outraged international community. However there is some hope coming out of the situation. There have been massive protests in Norway, and the Managing Director of a VOIP company emailed Israeli MobileMax to say […]

Bias, Palestine/Israel and the Media

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Israel appears to be hell bent on continuing their attack on Palestine – I don’t know whether it’s the desire not to look ‘soft on the Palestine’s’ in the face of the upcoming Israeli election or the ending of the ceasefire between Israel and Palestine. What is certain is that the situation is causing untold […]