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27 November – Stop Arming Saudi – Stop Bombing Yemen

Stop Arming Saudi – Stop Bombing Yemen
Tues 27 Nov | 19:00
Mander Hall, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9BD
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Organised by: Stop the War Coalition »

Speakers:

Owen Jones, Journalist & Author
Kim Sharif, Human Rights for Yemen
Lowkey, Musician & Activist
Richard Norton-Taylor, Former Guardian Security Editor
Lindsey German, Stop the War Convenor

The Saudi regime is one of the most brutal and authoritarian anywhere in the world. Its ruler Mohammed Bin Salman is implicated in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey and has rounded up and tortured opponents at home. His government is also the main protagonist of the terrible war on Yemen.

The Saudi led war has already devastated Yemen and killed tens of thousands of people. Aid agencies warn that if it continues it will cause the worst humanitarian catastrophe since World War Two.

Yet the British government continues to back the regime. Earlier this year Theresa May welcomed Bin Salman to Britain, claiming he was a reformer. Really the British government stays close to Saudi Arabia because Saudi buys more arms from Britain than any other country, because it is a major oil supplier to the West and because it has long been a key ally in a region the West is desperate to control.

Ending arms sales to Saudi Arabia is now essential and urgent. It could help to avert catastrophe. Come to this important public meeting and join us in our campaign to make it happen.

Future Wars: The Impact of New Technologies

  • Free CND public conference – open to all
  • 10th November, 9:30am-5pm
  • Birkbeck University of London, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HX

We are living in increasingly dangerous times – most recently with President Trump’s announcement of US withdrawal from the INF Treaty. This opens the door to massive nuclear proliferation. At the same time, new technologies are emerging, rapidly transforming warfare; billions of dollars are being spent on a new hi-tech arms race. It’s already big news and the public is awakening to the serious consequences.

Space is being militarised, warfare is conducted online, and killer robots and drones carry out secretive wars via artificial intelligence and remote control. How do we organise to stop this new and uncontrolled wave of weapons and war?

Join CND and a host of expert speakers to discuss these issues at our public conference ‘Future Wars: The Impact of New Technologies’.

Sign up here for your free ticket

NUJ silent vigil Thursday 1 November 6-7pm

The assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is barbaric and gruesome.

As more and more evidence emerges about the murder, the International Federation of Journalists has called on the international community to stop appeasing the Saudi regime.

On the eve of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, the union has organised a silent vigil outside the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in London.

The event will take place on Thursday 1 November starting at 6pm for one hour at 30 Charles St, Mayfair, London W1J 5DZ.

Please spread the word and come along on the night.

https://www.nuj.org.uk/events/international-day-to-end-impunity-for-crimes-against/

Mariela Castro to speak at Latin America 2018 Conference

Saturday 1 December 2018, 10am – 5pm
Congress House, Gt Russell Street, London
Discussion, films, stalls and music

Dr Mariela Castro is one of the special guest speakers at this year’s Latin America Conference.

Featuring contributions from more than 50 campaigners, politicians, trade unionists and academics from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Venezuela and the UK, Latin America 2018 is the largest event of its kind in Europe.

With countries across the region facing the threat of intervention from Trump, this year’s Latin America conference comes at a critical time.

Mariela Castro Espín is the daughter of former Cuban president Raúl Castro and feminist and revolutionary Vilma Espín. However, she is best known in Cuba for her work as director of the Cuban National Centre for Sex Education (CENESEX), which is at the forefront of campaigning and promoting LGBT+ rights in Cuba.

As well as addressing the main conference, Mariela will be speaking in two seminars on LGBT+ rights and challenges in Cuba, and on the process of updating the Cuban constitution. There will also be a special Cuba60 seminar looking at Cuba’s achievements on the eve of the 6oth anniversary of the Cuban Revolution. This year we are delighted to welcome more Cuban speakers to the conference: Dr Mayelín Gonzalez, a Cuban teacher, and journalist Cristina Escobar, as well as the Cuban Ambassador HE Teresita Vicente.

Other guest speakers include
Maritza Espinales, Nicaraguan MP – Guillaume Long, former Ecuadorian Foreign Minister – HE Rocio Maneiro, Venezuelan Ambassador – HE Guisell Morales-Echaverry, Nicaraguan Ambassador – Tariq AliChris Williamson MPKaren Lee MPDan Carden MPVictoria Brittain, Journalist – Laura Morales, Justice Mexico Now – Colin Burgon, Labour Friends of Progressive Latin America

And many more including:
Marcus Barnett, Young Labour International Officer – Christine Blower, National Education Union – Pablo Bradbury, Argentina Solidarity Campaign – Tony Burke, Unite – Dr Lauren Collins, Academic – Andy De La Tour, Actor – Dr Francisco Dominguez, Academic – Huda Elmi, Labour Party NEC –  Julia Felmanas, Brazil – Jesus ‘Chucho’ Garcia, Movement of Afro Venezuelans – Lindsey German, Stop the war – Artin Giles, Chair, London Young Labour – Dr Mayelín Gonzalez, Cuban teacher – Diana Holland, Unite – Kate Hudson, CND – Mike Jackson, Lesbians and Gays support the Miners – Jon Lansman, Momentum – Dr Grace Livingstone, Academic – Lara McNeill, Youth rep on Labour’s NEC – Dr Alan McCLeod, academic – Navendu Mishra, Labour Party NEC – Roger McKenzie, UNISON – Fidel Narváez, Ecuador – Pablo Navarette, Alborada – Dan Ozarow, Action for Argentina – Bernard Regan, CSC – Carol Regan, CSC – Gabriel Rodriguez, Argentina – Steve Sweeney, Foreign Editor Morning Star – Calvin Tucker, Morning Star – Steve Turner, Unite – Adrian Weir, Unite – Jack Youd, Unite

Keep Space for Peace week

This week, activists from around the world are holding actions and protests to demand an end to plans for a US Space Force during the annual Keep Space for Peace week.

In June, President Trump made a highly controversial announcement: he directed the Pentagon to develop a ‘Space Force’ – a new branch of the US military, ‘separate but equal’ to the US Air Force – to ensure ‘American dominance in space.’

Here in Britain, at Menwith Hill outside of Harrogate in North Yorkshire tonight, a demonstration will take place between 6pm and 7.30pm. All are welcome to join. See Global Network Against Weapons website for more events.

Future Wars Conference: The Impact of New Technologies
10th November • London

The US Space Force will be a major theme of our Future Wars Conference that will explore The Impact of New Technologies, taking place on the 10th November in London.

Speakers include Duncan Campbell investigative journalist Arielle Denis ICAN Campaigner Stuart Parkinson Scientists for Global Responsibility Ted Seay Former NATO arms control advisor Elke Schwartz Lecturer in International Politics at LSE Carol Turner London Region CND Dave Webb CND and Lucas Wirl International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility.

7th October | Weekend of action – Troops Out Now!

7th October will mark the 17th anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan by the US, the UK and several of its allies. According to a conservative estimate, 217,000 Afgans have died as a direct result of the fighting.

Over a thousand more UK soldiers have recently been deployed to the country, although UK military intervention has been leading to more bitterness and more violence.

We are calling for action on the weekend of 7th October to demand the immediate withdrawal of UK troops from Afghanistan. We are asking supporters and local Stop the War groups to organise street petitions, stunts and protests. In London we will be handing in a letter of protest on Friday 5th October at Downing Street. You can download the petition here.

Amigo Month Event – Friday 5 October 2018

Friday 5 October 2018

19:00 – 20:30

TUC London, East and South East (LESE) Celebrates Amigo Month 

TUC Congress House, 23-28 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS

Amigo Month is a 5-week period of hundreds of events celebrating the history, culture and contribution of the UK’s three million Spanish/Portuguese speakers, and opens on Monday 7 September, National Day in Brazil and Mozambique. Amigo Month commemorates friendship and promotes cultural, artistic, social, economic and tourist links amongst the Spanish and Portuguese speaking world and Latin America with Britain and remembers the history and heritage of the “amigo” communities that have lived in Britain and London for thousands of years.

Please register: 020 7467 1218 / lese@tuc.org.uk

This event is supported by LESE International Affairs Committee 

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