Saturday, 31 May 2008 20:00 John M. Miller (ETAN) Letters

 International Coalition Urges UN to Be Active for Justice for East Timorese. 

In a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, an international coalition of more than 90 human rights and other organizations urged the UN and the international community "to fulfill their long-standing commitment to see that justice is done for crimes against humanity committed in Timor-Leste" during Indonesia's two and one-half decade occupation.

The letter comes as the bi-lateral Commission on Truth and Friendship (CTF) prepares to hand its report over to the presidents of Indonesia and Timor-Leste.

The letter said the CTF report "must not stand as the last word on these issues .... The right to know (the truth) and the right to justice are inalienable, and are a bulwark against the culture of impunity represented by [Indonesia's] Ad Hoc Court and the CTF."

The letter noted the April release of Eurico Guterres, the last remaining defendant of Ad Hoc Court. All those tried by the court have now been acquitted bringing that "farcical process to an end."

Monday, 26 May 2008 20:00

ImageWe are seeing steady reports of both food price rises and shortages across the Globe.

A significant cause of this are the protectionist policies of the EU and USA. The restrictive tariffs around them deter the production in and export of food from the third world.

It also results in food prices rises within those trade areas being higher than a global market would determine

The artificial surplus of food is then either stored or dumped on the third world. this in turn damages the profitability of third world farmers

If we are truly concerned to encourage long term production of food in the third world and reducing our own food prices , then the EU must immediately drop its tariffs and subsidies. Free Trade benefits everyone, Tariffs damage EU consumers and tax payers and harms the third world economy

Without doubt Trade is far beneficial than token aid

Cllr Steve Radford
President of the Liberal Party
41 Sutton Street
L13 7EG
0151 259 5935

Sunday, 11 May 2008 20:00

Gordon Brown’s satraps should go back to their natural environment underneath rocks rather than attack Frank Field for illustrating his consistent support for those in poverty and their willingness to undermine the low paid for positive headlines. It is obvious that Mr Field and those associated with him wished for the government to get its act together and indicate without equivocation that the income tax increase on five million low-income people would not stand.

Tuesday, 22 April 2008 19:00

ImageBritish Universal Inheritance (BUI) is a popular capitalist, meritocratic, broadly self-financing Asset Welfare State proposal suitable for a genuine 'Opportunity Society' (Conservative Party) or genuine 'Opportunity for All' (New Labour). It is already - since 2005 - party policy of the original and continuing Liberal Party (not the EU-fanatic LibDems).

Tuesday, 08 April 2008 19:00

ImageOn the eve of the Olympic torch relay on US territory, we would like to ask you not to attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games on August 8. Or rather, we believe you should tell the Chinese authorities now that you are setting conditions on your presence at this ceremony, which is the political event of these Olympics.

A total boycott of the Olympic Games by athletes is not the solution, but we are convinced that, in view of the massive and growing violations of human rights in China and Tibet, it is essential that the heads of state and government of democratic countries threaten to stay away from the 8 August ceremony in Beijing.

Thursday, 03 April 2008 19:00

ImageThe Prime Minister is to be congratulated for ignoring the advice of The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs and rolling ahead with plans to reclassify cannabis as a class B drug.

Having seen its sad effect on so many unfortunate colleagues in his cabinet (even if taken only once many years ago and not inhaled), Mr Brown must be only too well aware that use of this pernicious drug leads inexorably to immorality, psychosis and worse.

John Eoin Douglas


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