Scottish Elections 2021 – One Month Later

It’s been one month since the Scottish election, how are politicians dealing with the climate and ecological crisis so far? Last month, Scottish voters took to the polling station to decide the country’s future. In the results of the election, the Scottish National Party (SNP) won a majority with 64 seats, one short of an overall majority. The Greens also made history with their results, they won eight seats which is their highest result since the Scottish parliament was established. Rebel Radio produced a three-part miniseries where we asked politicians about their plans for tackling climate change: Rebel Radio produced…

Students in Oregon join calls for divestment from prison labor

Calls for universities in the United States to divest from prison labor are growing as students in Oregon bring attention to the exploitation involved in producing their dorm furniture. In an opinion piece for the student newspaper the Daily Emerald, University of Oregon (UO) student Parsa Aghel argues that many of the bed frames, mattresses, closets, and dressers used every year in UO’s dorms are made by incarcerated people. Aghel’s assertions are based on the fact that according to UO spending figures, $2,041,834 went toward Oregon Correctional Enterprises, an agency which produces furniture through prison labor. Incarcerated people in Oregon…

Trafficking survivors housed in squalid military barracks

Trafficking survivors are amongst hundreds of people seeking asylum who are being housed in squalid conditions in the U.K.’s controversial Napier military barracks, despite the Home Office’s use of the barracks being ruled as unlawful. Official guidance for Home Office staff states that trafficking survivors who have been referred to the National Referral Mechanism ­– the system through which survivors are identified in the U.K. – should not be housed in Napier barracks. Alarmingly, people seeking asylum have been threatened with having their asylum application “impaired” if they speak to the media about the living conditions in the camp that…

‘You’re burning our children’s future’ – Ocean Rebellion stages fiery action on the shores of the Cornish coastal resort Marazion

Email: sophmiller@googlemail.com, higgsrob@yahoo.comPhone: 07967525461‬ / 07866224414 Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Media Assets | Website | Video | Donate#OceanRebellion #ActNow #G7 At the crack of dawn this morning, members of Ocean Rebellion staged a theatrical action on the shores of the Cornish coastal resort Marazion with the iconic St Michael’s Mount in the background.  The action was part of an ongoing series of protests leading up to the G7 summit to be held nearby, featuring Boris Johnson sharing intimate quality-time in Cornwall with a Fossil Fuel Buddy. The celebrity pair were seen sitting on deck-chairs as the sun rose and…

Non-Contact

Perhaps it was some sort of strange precognitive cultural memory of the future, but the cliches, it turned out, were all true. Well, almost all true. The aliens did come in large flying saucers that could hover silently and move silently at physics-defying speeds. They did make mysterious crop circles and abduct and probe hundreds […] Source: Read More: Non-Contact

Controversial Ontario trafficking law passed

Despite strong opposition from Freedom United and dozens of other organizations, Ontario’s controversial new anti-trafficking bill, Bill 251, passed into law on May 31. Under the new law, police in Canada’s most populous province have increased powers to question anybody they consider relevant to a sex trafficking investigation, as well as free access to hotel registers. But Freedom United and others have raised serious concerns that the law risks conflating sex trafficking and consensual sex work, therefore subjecting sex workers to increased surveillance and harassment. With sex workers’ trust of the police already low, this is counterproductively likely to push…

‘We’re drowning in promises!’ Extinction Rebellion announces plan of action for Cornwall G7 Summit

Email: xr.sw.media@protonmail.comPhone: +44(0)7901 916489 / +44(0)7711 898499Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Media Assets | Donate#DrowninginPromises #G7Rebellion #ExtinctionRebellion Today, Extinction Rebellion revealed their plans for the G7 Summit in Cornwall (11 – 13 June.)  The series of protests – to be held across the UK in the run up to, and during the summit – will be focused on the failure of G7 nations to respect the global climate commitments they made in Paris in 2015, and to urge the leaders meeting at Carbis Bay in Cornwall to act immediately to address the Climate and Ecological Emergency. [1] Beginning on…

Orphan children “volunteering” on North Korea’s farms & mines

North Korea has generated its latest human rights controversy after claiming that orphan children are working as volunteers on state-run farms and mines. The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), North Korea’s state-run media, released photos of a ceremony featuring hundreds of orphans it says volunteered to perform manual labor. Over the last week the KCNA has also alleged that 700 orphans have volunteered to work in factories and on farms, as well as that “dozens of orphan children rushed out to the Chonnae Area Coal-mining Complex to fulfil their oath to repay even just a millionth of the love the…

WHO Director General meets Extinction Rebellion Doctors after Geneva protest

●      Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the WHO today met with Doctors For Extinction Rebellion, who called on health authorities worldwide to prioritise climate and biodiversity loss as a health priority, outside the World Health Assembly in Geneva. ●      They handed him a letter signed by over 1000 health professionals along with a large hourglass, the symbol of Extinction Rebellion. ●      Dr Richard Horton, editor of the Lancet and Dr James Hospedales, former head of the Caribbean Public Health Association called via videolink to speak to Dr Tedros directly and support the…

Children recruited into orphanages to meet volunteer demand

Teresia Wairimu is a survivor of orphanage trafficking. Her experience of being taken from her home in rural Kenya to an orphanage, for the sole purpose of interacting with western volunteers and to keep donations to the orphanage flowing, is disturbingly common. While both Teresia’s parents were no longer able to take care of her, she lived happily with her aunt until a man, known locally as a child finder, showed up in their village offering to take Teresia away so that she could be fed, housed and receive a good education. “I wanted Teresia to stay with me like…

Students and activists against prison labor in Florida excluded from decision-making

A broad coalition of organizations campaigning against exploitative food service contracts at the University of Florida has been denied a seat on the committee negotiating future contracts, despite months of protests and boycotts. The Food Justice Coalition brings together 36 organizations at the University of Florida (UF) and in the city of Gainesville—where UF is situated—and was formed in January to protest the university’s contract with food service company Aramark. Aramark has been repeatedly criticized by campaigners including Freedom United for relying on prison labor, an exploitative practice that often amounts to legal modern slavery. In addition to its connection…

Supermarket giant admits to forced labor in its supply chain

A new report by the NGOs Somo and Arisa investigating 29 spinning mills in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu has found several international brands implicated in forced labor through their supply chains. One of the world’s largest retailers, U.K. groceries and general merchandise company, Tesco Ltd, is one of those companies. Tesco has admitted that it is indeed tied to one of the named suppliers in the report. They have publicly committed to further investigations and ensuring “improvements are made.” Another guilty company, Next plc, has also admitted fault and a similar pledge to do better, moves that Freedom…