Monday, 28 March 2011

since the start of 2011, Iran has executed at least 116 people.

Amnesty writes the majority were convicted of drugs offences and at least nine were political prisoners.

support actions against capital punishment in Mongolia, here, and in Iran, here.

Monday, 21 March 2011

used to shott weed, now I sell records

- Wiley

One in five young British people are not working, nor in any form of training or education.
in some areas (particularly inner London, provincial cities like Birmingham, and parts of Wales and Scotland) the figure is more like one in three.

the coalition government decided to cut young Britons adrift.

the local authority i live in, Southwark in southeast London, is one of the worst affected (tangentially, one of the parliamentary constituencies that lies in Southwark, Camberwell and Peckham, has been noted as having a greater percentage of people below the breadline than any other constituency).

Southwark lies just south of central London.

from my bedroom window i can see most of the skyscrapers of the City financial district.
a few hundred yards from my front door on a bend in the road you can see some of the skyscrapers of London's other main financial area, Canary Wharf in the east.

despite the fact the government is slashing vital living allowances for disabled Britons, and despite the fact that institutions like Barclays Bank were, in fact, helped by the British taxpayer during the crisis, the British chancellor thinks we're all being too mean to banks, and that the financial sector has suffered enough.
bonuses in the sector are, of course, as healthy as ever.

is this, morally speaking, right?

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Ireland Park

here's a link to some photos (taken last summer) i want to share.

they're of the Irish famine memorial in downtown Toronto; at the bottom of Bathurst Street, by the water.
(in one of the captions i re-up an Alex de Waal quote noted at this blog before, i must admit.)

anyone reading this who knows me on Facebook might already have seen them (though they were only put up there just yesterday).

you don't have to have a Facebook account to view.

click on individual pictures to enlarge and read captions.

Friday, 18 March 2011

Thursday, 17 March 2011