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We broadcast music, news and discussion from 10am to 10pm and repeat overnight, 7 days a week. We also Mixcloud our shows so that you can listen whenever and wherever suits you.
We cover a wide range of topics by all ages for all ages:
- Eco issues, human rights and in-depth news (both local and global)
- Science, history, arts and poetry
- Stories, weekend live performances by Brighton musicians.
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Listen Here: Politics Show with Davy Jones and Andy Richards from Brighton,Hove and District Trades Union Council
LISTEN HERE to Davy Jones with Andy Richards from Brighton Hove and District Trades Union Council. Trades union councils consist of representatives of trade unions or branches of trade unions which meet within the area covered by that council, or which have members working or living in the area. A union branch will normally affiliate to the trades unions council in the area in which it meets. Locally BHDTUC have been vocal against austerity cuts ‚the proposed anti union laws and limitation/withdrawal of the right to strike.
LISTEN HERE to Davy Jones with Colin Miller from Brighton and Hove Compass.
B & H Compass is a new group to Brighton and Hove. Nationally they promote unity on the progressive left. They are sponsoring a public meeting on July 27th 7pm at the Brighthelm Centre, North Road where speakers include Caroline Lucas MP, Nany Platts and Neal Lawson from the national Compass. More info @ http://www.compassonline.org.uk/about/
Listen here to Davy Jones with Marina Prentoulis of Greek Solidarity Campaign
Today Davy Jones discusses the latest developments in the ongoing crisis in Greece with Marina Prentoulis from the Greek Solidarity Campaign
Davy Jones with Mike Aiken from the
National Coalition of Independent
Davy and Mike Aiken from the National Coalition of Independent Action (NCIA) discuss the changing role of the voluntary sector and the increasing danger of it becoming a Trojan Horse for privatisation.
Davy Jones with Ali Ghanimi Free
University of Brighton
Davy Jones talks to Ali Ghanimi from the Free University of Brighton (FUB) about their latest projects including the launch of a FUB degree course.More information athttp://www.freeuniversitybrighton.org/
Davy Jones with Ken Montague
Campaign Against Climate Change
This week Davy Jones is with Ken Montague from the Campaign Against Climate Change talking about the plans in Brighton to mobilise around the Paris COP talks (and the embryonic launch of Brighton CAN (Climate Action Network).
Excellent performance of the Wyrd Sisters performed as part of the Brighton Festival Fringe 2015. Listen out for BUDS weekly radio plays on Radio Free Brighton. Well done guys.
Brighton University Drama Society perform Eric Coble’s ‘The Pepperonis’
A look at Tony Pepperoni, his family, his therapist, and the violent dough business that just keeps pulling him back in… First broadcast on WCLV in 2004.
Brighton University Drama Society is back with a series of wonderful radio plays. This week Death of a Jazz Salesman
BHESCO is a consumer co-operative established to help consumers lower their energy costs by introducing energy savings and renewable energy installations in communities, empowering individuals to take more control over their own energy supply. More info on the share launch here http://bhesco.co.uk/category/community-share-offer/
More news on community energy and surrounding issues from Kayla Ente BHESCO,co.uk 29−5−15
This week Kayla looks at news on sustainable energy supply in and around Brighton and Hove
Kayla Ente discusses energy issues in the light of the new political environment and talks to Karla Rosendahl, RFB’s current intern from Denmark about the use of sustainables in Denmark.
Today’s topic: Comparison of sustainable energy sources used in Britain and Denmark.
Kayla Ente from Brighton and Hove Energy Services Coop is back, talking this week to Jackie Chase about the implications of the new government for the energy policy and sustainables. Also with news of the share launch happening now at BHESCO. More info at
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Greeks receiving distribution of free food
Moldovan women await free food distribution
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An interview with Brooke Larson about Latin America
continued discussion about United Kingdom General Election 2015, and Greek government.
United Kingdom General Election, 2015.
An interview with Jeff Faux about the American’s Economy
This week John Weeks discusses further the issue of Cuba with Elizabeth Dore talking about “Voices from the Cuban Street”
The photograph is of Elizabeth Dore and Regla Hernandez Gomez, one of the people she interviewed for her 10 year study of at
Attitudes of Cubans toward the revolution.
First of a new series of commentary on economic conditions and policy in the UK and beyond from John Weeks.John Weeks is a professor emeritus of the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies and author of The Economics of the 1%: How Mainstream Economics Serves the Rich, Obscures Reality and Distorts Policy. His recent policy work includes a supplemental unemployment program for the European Union and advising the central banks of Argentina and Zambia. More info on John at http://jweeks.org/
“Capitalism’s Endless Costs”
This week’s programme includes updates on the Coke vs Pepsi war, price gouging on cancer drugs, Jeremy Corbyn good for UK Labour Party, and new Pope’s strong anti-capitalist speeches. We respond to listeners’ questions on guaranteed basic income and on why public employees are not an economic negative. Major attention is given to supporting countries that refuse to pay certain govt debts and especially to Greece in a review of its dramatic recent struggles.
Richard’s program today focuses on two alternatives to capitalism. The first is an alternative to how capitalism organizes enterprises in terms of their internal workings and relationships. We examine workers self-directed enterprises: how they work and how they compare to capitalist enterprises. In the program’s second half we look at an alternative to how capitalism organizes the economy as a whole: the socialist tradition that has evolved multiple different forms in the world today. We examine how socialism has evolved, its complex relationship with government, and how socialism compares with capitalism
Richard Wolff continues his new format experiment: two in-depth analyses of US Economics. In the show’s first half: The New Deal was both a victory and a defeat. Both offer crucial lessons for today. In the show’s second half, a critical review of labor’s short and long-run goals, labor’s defensive decline, and a new strategy built on lessons of that decline.
“Updates analyze unemployment numbers to show what they hide as well as reveal. Responses to listeners’ questions expose the economics of lotteries and why the largest US corporations have recently used their profits to buy back their shares in the stock markets. An in-depth interview of Prof. Sohnya Sayres explores the end of free college and universities in the US, the rise of administrators dominating students and faculty, and what these trends have meant for the quality of higher education in the US
Change: Sawant in Seattle
Updates offer latest on Greece’s struggles with Europe, a critique of Buffett on rich vs poor and a hard look at $400 million gift to Harvard from billionaire Paulson. Responses to listeners on new Mayor of Barcelona and TPP. A detailed interview with socialist Kshama Sawant and her seat on Seattle’s city council.
Title: The New Deal Lives
We begin with Larry Summers and other signs of a broken economic system. Then the economics of Nebraska ending it’s death penalty and vast sports corruption (FIFA). Responses to listeners on reorganizing universities and household class structures. Major interview with two guests, Professor Richard Walker and Dr. Gray Brechin, on rediscovering the New Deal
Children, Capitalism, Family Values?
Updates on Alberta election, Kansas closes schools early, Gallup polls on unequal US wealth and on average work weeks over 40 hours, Über and markets, ignorance about USSR economy. Response to listeners on public subsidies to private profits. Interview with Dr. Harriet Fraad on children and families in US capitalism.
Capitalism’s Other Side
Updates on May Day holiday, Baltimore uprising, Nepal earthquake/poverty, Varoufakis vs repression, and Bud Light pushing beer by endangering women. Response to listener’s questions on varieties of coops. Interview with Prof. Yahya Madra on Turkey, Capitalism, and Islam.
Updates on UK elections, crisis’s long-term effects, Kansas demonizes the poor, and the mustard-ketchup economic war. Responses to listeners on child-support economics and car production moving to Mexico. Major discussions: capitalism and war — a history, new stages of Cuban socialism and US Cuba-policy, the high stakes of Greece’s economic situation.
Title: Honest Economics
“Updates on Bernanke’s new big-bucks finance job, GM avoids billions in victims’ claims for faulty ignitions, Seattle capitalist raises all workers to minimum $70k/yr, Americans’ self-delusion on inequality, private profit trumps public policy, and anti-student-debt activism. Responses to listeners: impact on China if capitalism’s relocation stopped. Major discussions of economics of wages and prices, narrowness of economics education, and basic global economic development issue.”
Economic Change and Personal Life Crises
Updates on car parts industry, German courts cut Über, Russia’s economy grows despite sanctions, no recovery in declining teaching positions for new US PhDs in humanities, and huge Mexican strikes against Driscoll berries produced for US. Responses to listeners on (1) countries’ currency manipulations and (2) role of unions in workers’ coops. Interview Dr. Harriet Fraad, mental health counsellor, on how capitalism’s changes since 1970s have disrupted the personal lives of US men and women and creative solutions.
System Change: Then and Now
Updates on Trans-Pacific Partnership secrets, the Heinz-Kraft merger, the overly costly, underperforming US medical care system, fines for Graco selling faulty child car-seats, China’s real-estate bubble, and estate tax repeal by Republican House. Response to listener on property: private versus public. Major discussion of how system change happened in the past and and how in capitalism today.
“Economics of Corruption”
Updates on Yellen press conference,“Blockupy” protests in Europe against ECB and austerity, New York mayor DiBlasio signs bill for worker coops, and important fight over closing Sweet Briar college. Interview with veteran reporter Bob Hennelly on economics of US political corruption with special focus on his native New Jersey.
“Housing, Cities, Suburbs”
Updates on pizza politics, changing currency values, and tax-cutting politicians’ wild claims. Responses on workers coops’ competitiveness and on ‘unfree’ agricultural markets. Interview Walter South on economics of housing and dangerous economics of US cities and suburbs.
“Economic Decline and Growing Resistance”
Updates on taxis vs Über vs driver coops, an apology on Detroit, International Womens Day, and cutting workers’ compensation. Response to listeners on the economics of debts, past and present. Major discussions of (1) resisting economic decline: Minnesota governor, Emma Thompson and Pope Francis, (2) Wisconsin governor presides over economic decline, and (3) extremes of economic inequality.
Updates on Europeans’ struggles against austerity policies. Response to questions on how workers’ self-directed enterprises solve various problems (especially financing and different skill levels). In depth critical discussion of ‘free enterprise’ and the free enterprise system.
‘The age of oil has been an age of inequality, of staggering wealth and abject poverty. The discovery of hydrocarbons has often brought fortune to the few and misery to the masses. The phenomenon of the ‘oil curse’ is well-documented: many oil-rich countries suffer distorted economic development, financial instability, repressive authoritarian rule, stifled human rights, soaring poverty and pervasive corruption.
In the oil-addicted West, its toxic political influence echoes through domestic and foreign policy. Today’s oil majors deploy their power deftly, and devastatingly, their probing tentacles lubricated by de facto impunity and state collusion. The CEO of Exxon clicks his fingers: national armies are mobilized. Shell’s chair has a quiet word: democratically agreed policies are shelved
US and UK taxpayers spent, respectively, $806 billion and $15 billion to fight the 2003-11 Iraq war and access its massive oil reserves for Exxon-Mobil, BP and Shell. Now that access is threatened by Islamic State, the West is embroiled all over again.
Yet change is coming. The dominance of the big oil companies is being assailed from all sides. Oil’s future is looking increasingly — exhilaratingly — shaky.
Decades of accelerating carbon emissions have set Big Oil on a collision course with the interests of humanity. Oil extraction has always externalized its environmental costs, shifting them onto nearby (usually economically disadvantaged or Indigenous) communities: polluted drinking water, cancer and respiratory disease, poisoned fish stocks, deforestation. Now the damage it is doing to the climate on a global level has started to bite.
Oil companies’ current extraction plans for the next two decades set us on course for a six-degree global temperature rise and an unliveable planet. To have a chance of keeping the rise to a disruptive but not catastrophic two degrees, we need to leave 80 per cent of known fossil-fuel reserves in the ground. Financial markets and economies have got used to treating oil as infinite. But all the easy-to-extract crude has already been found, and largely consumed.
Now, most available oil is either in politically dysfunctional regions such as the Middle East and Nigeria, or in locations and forms that are much more expensive and risky to extract – tar sands, oil shale, ultra-deepwater, the Arctic. The oil majors are pinning their future drilling hopes on these ‘unconventional’ or ‘marginal’ sources of oil.
There is no doubt that we will witness the end of oil’s dominance over the coming decades. What speed and form that takes will depend on a host of actors. As the industry overshoots its limits in every direction and turmoil in the Middle East snowballs, the arguments for an immediate co-ordinated move away from oil dependence are overwhelming.
We need a managed and fair transition, not a massive oil shock which could plunge the already fuel-poor into further hardship and breed economic and social pandemonium. If today’s anti-oil social movements continue to strengthen, this could happen: through pressure from shareholders, the erosion of oil companies’ social licence, the physical disruption of operations by local resistance, the boom in renewable energy, and public pressure on governments to take more decisive climate action.’
Thanks to Penny, Amber, Billy, Sam and Travis for joining us at Radio Free Brighton and Under the Bridge Music Studios for their work experience. Here are their radio show and play recordings. Great work guys!
Talking about the Eid Multi-cultural event at the Open Market and cultural diversity in Brighton and Hove, poverty amongst children in an interview with Caroline Lucas and the legalization of gay marriage in the U.S. and the effects on LGBT Community.
They also recorded Act III of War of the Worlds by Howard Koch, based on the novel by H.G. Wells.
Thanks to Louis, Chris, Sam, Dominic, Millie and Misza from Dorothy Stringer Secondary school for joining us at Radio Free Brighton and Under the Bridge Music Studios for their work experience. Here are their radio show, play and song recordings. Great work guys!
Talking about how grime and rap culture influences young people, attitudes towards womens sport in the media, the effects of social media on young people, police brutality in the UK, teenage crime in Brighton, and why it has become increasingly difficult to gain success in the music industry.
For the song recording, they covered ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ by The Beatles.
They also recorded ‘The Amersham Chronicles’, a radio play by Patricia Keiller.
BBC News just posted: “The volume of Arctic sea ice increased by around a third after an unusually cool summer in 2013. Researchers say the growth continued in 2014 and more than compensated for losses recorded in the three previous years. The scientists involved believe changes in summer temperatures have greater impacts on ice than thought. But they say 2013 was a one-off and that climate change will continue to shrink the ice in the decades ahead.
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The Arctic region has warmed more than most other parts of the planet over the past 30 years. Satellite observations have documented a decrease of around 40% in the extent of sea ice cover in the Arctic since 1980. But while the extent of the retreating ice has been well recorded, the key indicator that scientists want to understand is the loss of sea ice volume. Researchers have been able to use data gathered by Europe’s Cryosat satellite over the past five years to answer this question. This polar monitoring spacecraft has a sophisticated radar system that allows scientists to accurately estimate the volume. The researchers used 88 million measurements of sea ice thickness from Cryosat and found that between 2010 and 2012, the volume of sea ice went down by 14%. They published their initial findings at the end of 2013 — but have now refined and updated them to include data from 2014 as well. Relative to the average of the period between 2010 and 2012, the scientists found that there was a 33% increase in sea ice volume in 2013, while in 2014 there was still a quarter more sea ice than there was between 2010 and 2012. “We looked at various climate forcing factors, we looked at the snow loading, we looked at wind convergence and the melt season length of the previous summer,” lead author Rachel Tilling, from University College London, told BBC News. “We found that the the highest correlation by far was with the melt season length — and over the summer of 2013, it was the coolest of the five years we have seen, and we believe that’s why there was more multi-year ice left at the end of summer.”
The researchers found the colder temperatures allowed more multi-year ice to persist north-west of Greenland because there were simply fewer days when it could melt. Temperature records indicate that the summer was about 5% cooler than 2012. The scientists believe that the more accurate measurements that they have now published show that sea ice is more sensitive to changes than previously thought. They argue that while some could see this as a positive, when temperatures are cooler it leads to an increase in sea ice, it could also be a negative when the mercury goes up. “It would suggest that sea ice is more resilient perhaps — if you get one year of cooler temperatures, we’ve almost wound the clock back a few years on this gradual decline that’s been happening over decades,” said Rachel Tilling. “The long-term trend of the ice volume is downwards and the long-term trend of the temperatures in the Arctic is upwards and this finding doesn’t give us any reason to disbelieve that — as far as we can tell it’s just one anomalous year.” The updated data has been published in the journal Nature Geoscience.”
For those not familiar with what we do at The Clock Tower Sanctuary, we’re a Day Centre in central Brighton, helping 16 — 25 year old homeless and insecurely housed.
We offer services such as providing food, showers, laundry, storage, advice, postal service, signposting to other agencies, access to a small emergency ‘Crisis Fund’, life skills classes, music and photography workshops and other activities.
We’re currently trying to reach more young people that can benefit from our service and need your help to promote what we do.
Do you see anyone that would benefit from using our service? Would you like more information about what we do?
Directions and other information can be found on our website: www.thects.org.uk
Earlier this year, the government promised to ban fracking in national parks and wildlife protection zones.
But now in a shocking u-turn, energy minister Amber Rudd has announced a roll back on the government’s promise — meaning that very soon, important spaces for rare and threatened plants and animals could soon be exposed to the irresponsible fossil fuel industry.
The shale gas and oil industry already poses a huge threat to the climate, but if the government back tracks now it would put some of UK’s most-treasured wild spaces at risk.
Please sign the petition here and ask energy minister Amber Rudd to keep the promise to protect national parks and wildlife protection zones from fracking.
Eid Multi-cultural event at Brighton Open Market, London Road, on Sunday July 26th, 11am-3pm. East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service will be there alongside many other community organisations supporting this event to bring together the Brighton and Hove community organisations.
The next meeting of the newly-formed Brighton Climate Action Network — “Brighton CAN” — will be at 7.30 pm next Wednesday (22nd July) at the Brighthelm Centre. The meeting is open to everyone.
Peter Crowhurst discusses the Successes and Failures of Early UN Peacekeeping Missions.
Peter is a retired history teacher and was my predecessor as Chair of the North Laine Community Association. He is an engaging, thought-provoking and well-informed speaker.
Ros Cook reported on her attendance at the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Review as part of the CND delegation, held in New York during April-May 2015.
Saturday 23rd May. Francis Clark-Lowes. Islamic State, Bad or Mad?The discussion in the media about Islamic State (IS, ISIS or ISIL) is dominated by such concepts as religious perversion, extremism, radicalisation, brain-washing, evil and madness. Only in such terms, is the implication, can the phenomenon of IS be explained. Could, and should, the United Nations play a role in promoting a more intelligent dialogue between the West and IS, or indeed between the West and Muslims generally?
The United Nations Association held an Election Hustings with parliamentary candidates: Lloyd Russell-Moyle, Labour (Lewes & Seahaven); Clarence Mitchel, Conservative (Pavilion); Davy Jones, Greens (Kemp Town) and Paul Chandler, Lib Dem (Kemp Town).
Tom Lines came to the United Nations Association (UNA) meeting to give a talk of the city of London as a centre of power in Britain.
Tom Lines is a Writer, Economics, trade and development consultant.
You can learn more about Tom Lines and his work at
and follow him on Twitter @TomLINESorguk
Alex Mabbs came to the United Nations Association (UNA) meeting to give a talk on climate change.
Alex Mabbs is a United Reformed Church minister based at the Brighthelm centre, in Brighton in Sussex, England.
Alex Mabb’s blog = https://mabbsonsea.wordpress.com
The new government has promised to scrap the Human Rights Act. It’s a huge blow not just to us here in the UK, but to everyone still fighting for these rights around the world.
The Human Rights Act 1998 mostly came into force on 2 October 2000.Its aim was to incorporate into UK law the rights contained in the European Convention on Human Rights. The Act makes a remedy for breach of a Convention right available in UK courts, without the need to go to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Strasbourg.The European Convention on Human Rights draws much of its inspiration from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.It seems appropriate therefore to look again at this wonderful document and, as our Brighton University readers have done in this recording, to reconsider the aspirations and values herein.