08/08/2015   Tory policies trash renewables

The Government wants to scrap a policy that puts solar panels on the roofs of schools, hospitals and businesses. Email the Government consultation now to stand up for renewable energy.

17/07/2015   Media censors protests against Japan's defence expansion

Asahi ShimbunAsahi ShimbunJapanese PM Shinzo Abe has silenced debate on controversial “Peace and Security” legislation. Opposition politicians protested the move while thousands of people took to the streets. The unconstitutional legislation contravenes Article 9 of Japan’s post-war Peace Constitution.

16/07/2015   War-zone child refugees deported at 18

Counterpoints ArtsCounterpoints Arts2000 lone children come to the UK from Iraq and Afghanistan every year. Even without documents or evidence they are protected by the Children Act and can settle into British life, do well at school, make friends… But when they reach 18 they are deported back to a war zone. Watch the Refugee Council’s new BBC investigation.

11/07/2015   Charities call for enquiry on "UK:KGB"

Amnesty’s Kate Allen has called Government spying on charities “straight out of the KGB handbook”. With Liberty and Privacy International, AI is calling for an enquiry into GCHQ. The ITP, while maintaining surveillance is “lawful”, has revealed that intercepted comms data was retained illegally.

05/07/2015   Crisis for Greece, billions for the arms trade and the IMF

Its people are desperate, its economy crippled, but Greece’s debt crisis has been very profitable not only for the IMF, but also for arms industries in Europe and the USA. At 2.2% of GDP its annual defence budget is double that of most EU states except Britain, and before 2010 was at an eye-watering 7%.

17/05/2015   Hacking case reveals stealth Computer Misuse Act change

The day before its latest anti-hacking case hearing at the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, Privacy International was notified that the Computer Misuse Act had been rewritten in March to exempt the intelligence services from provisions making hacking illegal. Read the full story and press reactions.

23/04/2015   UK nuclear energy policy in ruins

Stop New NuclearStop New NuclearThe future of two reactors at Hinkley Point, and the Tories’ “significant new nuclear” election policy, has been set back by a “very serious fault in a crucial part” of an EPR reactor in Normandy. The head of France’s nuclear safety inspectorate said identical safety casings have been made for Hinckley Point, and the prototype plant at Flamanville, nearly three times over budget, could be further delayed for several years.

18/03/2015   UK claims power to bug and crack

The British Government has admitted GCHQ has the broad power to bug phones, computers and networks anywhere in the world, even if the target is not a threat to national security nor suspected of any crime.

06/03/2015   Paul Mobbs arrested in Downing Street

MobbseyMobbseyEnvironmental expert and GreenNet trustee Paul Mobbs has been arrested in an attempt to conduct a citizen’s arrest on members of the cabinet for Misconduct in Public Office, resulting from their financial interests in the promotion of fracking.