Statewatch News Online, 26 July 2013 (10/13)

25 July 2013 — http://www.statewatch.org/ – e-mail: office@statewatch.org

1.   USE OF DRONES: A new poll has found that the US policy of drone strikes remains unpopular around the world
2.   EU: FREEZING AND CONFISCATION OF ASSETS
3.   EU: ACCESS TO EU DOCUMENTS: Council’s public register of documents hits 2 million mark
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Book Launch, London: Hugo Chávez and the Bolivarian Revolution By Richard Gott

BOOK LAUNCH: Thursday July 14, 18.30- 21.00. At the Marx Memorial Library, 37A Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DU

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Places available – please email info@venezuelasolidarity.co.uk to reserve your place today! With rum cocktails, complimentary refreshments, music, stalls and much more!

Plus special guests including:

  • Richard Gott
  • Ambassador Samuel Moncada
  • And more to be announced

Praise for Hugo Chávez and the Bolivarian Revolution

  • “A colourful and readable account of Chávez’s background and beliefs.”
    Financial Times
  • “Gott is always an interesting, well-informed, and engaging writer.”
    Foreign Affairs
  • “Chávez, as Richard Gott’s readable profile makes clear, is no ordinary caudillo.”
  • Times Higher Education Supplement
    – “Gott is, if nothing else, a true believer of the revolutionary process in Latin America and brings his own sense of moral indignation every time he mentions the United States. It is worth reading a text that is so ideological yet effectively explains how many people in the upper ranks of the Chávez government perceive the world around them.”
    – Center for Strategic and International Studies

This event is free, but please pre-register by emailing info@venezuelasolidarity.co.uk
Organised by the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign in association with Verso Books and the Marx Memorial Library.

Book Launch, London: Hugo Chávez and the Bolivarian Revolution By Richard Gott

BOOK LAUNCH: Thursday July 14, 18.30- 21.00. At the Marx Memorial Library, 37A Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DU

gott-ven.jpg

Places available – please email info@venezuelasolidarity.co.uk to reserve your place today! With rum cocktails, complimentary refreshments, music, stalls and much more!

Plus special guests including:

  • Richard Gott
  • Ambassador Samuel Moncada
  • And more to be announced

Praise for Hugo Chávez and the Bolivarian Revolution

  • “A colourful and readable account of Chávez’s background and beliefs.”
    Financial Times
  • “Gott is always an interesting, well-informed, and engaging writer.”
    Foreign Affairs
  • “Chávez, as Richard Gott’s readable profile makes clear, is no ordinary caudillo.”
  • Times Higher Education Supplement
    – “Gott is, if nothing else, a true believer of the revolutionary process in Latin America and brings his own sense of moral indignation every time he mentions the United States. It is worth reading a text that is so ideological yet effectively explains how many people in the upper ranks of the Chávez government perceive the world around them.”
    – Center for Strategic and International Studies

This event is free, but please pre-register by emailing info@venezuelasolidarity.co.uk
Organised by the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign in association with Verso Books and the Marx Memorial Library.

Register now for Viva Palestina 5 – a global lifeline to Gaza

25 July, 2010 — Viva Palestine

Registration now open for the next convoy to Gaza

Registration for the new convoy, Viva Palestina 5 – a Global Lifeline to Gaza, is now live. The VP team has put a lot of work into reviewing everyone’s feedback from the previous three successful convoys, and from the Freedom Flotilla, in order to make this next convoy even more effective. So even if you have taken part before, please read through the application process (links at bottom of page) carefully. There are, for example, new procedures governing registration and controls on finance and aid.

The challenges are immense – the government of Israel, and others, remain committed to this siege on the Palestinian people. But the chance to make decisive progress is better now than at any time in the last three years. The blockade is weakening, though that has come at the enormous price of the loss of nine aid volunteers aboard the Mavi Marmara when it was so brutally attacked. Many governments and major NGOs are now calling for an end to the blockade.

Ending this illegal and immoral siege is going to require a huge effort from all those who care about Palestine. It is also going to need strategic cooperation between the international aid efforts.

That’s why Viva Palestina has agreed to launch this convoy after extensive discussions with partners in Gaza and internationally, aimed at maximising rather than duplicating our efforts.

It is hoped that a new, bigger, more international flotilla will head off for Gaza at around the same time as the land convoy is there. In any case, Viva Palestina 5 will be the biggest convoy yet, with three legs – from London, from Casablanca and from Doha, converging at Al Arish.

We are asking you to get behind the convoy in whatever way you can – going on it, providing a vehicle, fundraising, promoting it and helping to ensure widespread public awareness as it travels.

The aid we are taking will be of the highest quality. The people of Gaza deserve nothing less and we have clear lists of what is needed from those who are working on the ground and who know first hand.

We aim to take some of all the different categories of humanitarian relief required in Gaza. And, of course, by doing so we aim to highlight the unjust and unsustainable siege.

Enthusiasm for this convoy is very high and we anticipate it filling up quickly. Already, support is coming in from new areas, such as major trade unions in the UK, and new coalitions to build the VP5 convoy are forming in many countries – from New Zealand to Morocco and Italy.

We are very grateful for your ongoing support for the people of Palestine and for Viva Palestina’s efforts.

There are many ways you can help, including volunteering to be part of the teams working on aid, fundraising, vehicles and so on.

Please feel free to contact us with your ideas. But don’t delay, we have eight weeks to make a major contribution to ending the suffering in the Gaza Strip and moving a step closer to justice for the Palestinian people.

To read more about the convoy, please click here – http://www.vivapalestina.org/vp5/intro.html

For details on how to register, please click here – http://www.vivapalestina.org/vp5/register.html