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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
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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 @

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 at

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).





LISTEN HERE: BUDS Fringe Performance Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters


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


LISTEN HERE: BHESCO Show on sustainable energy in B&H

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



More news on com­munity energy and sur­round­ing issues from Kayla Ente BHESCO, 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.

Listen Here to her new show.

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


Listen here: Economics Weekly with John Weeks Show 25


John Weeks Eco­nom­ics Show 25


John Weeks Eco­nom­ics Show 24



John Weeks Eco­nom­ics Show 23



John Weeks Eco­nom­ics Show 22


John Weeks Eco­nom­ics Show 21



                                                                         John Weeks Eco­nom­ics show 20


 Greeks receiv­ing dis­tri­bu­tion of free food

Mol­dovan women await free food distribution


John Weeks Eco­nom­ics show 18



John Weeks Eco­nom­ics show 17



John Weeks Eco­nom­ics show 16



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


Listen Here Richard D Wolff: Economic Update US: Capitalism’s Endless Costs

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.”


Title:  “The Worker Coop Alternative”
  “Updates on inad­equate unem­ploy­ment insur­ance, Ted Cruz’s cam­paign money, law giv­ing domestic work­ers real bene­fits, and demon­iz­ing the poor. Responses to ques­tions on Cali­for­nia drought and US med­ical system’s exper­i­ments on people. Inter­view with Yochai Gal on Tech­Col­lect­ives he organ­ized: two suc­cess­ful worker coops.”



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 Future of the Oil Industry Jess Worth

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.’


Beacon Academy Work Experience at Radio Free Brighton


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.

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They also recor­ded Act III of War of the Worlds by Howard Koch, based on the novel by H.G. Wells.

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Work Experience at Radio Free Brighton


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.

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They also recor­ded ‘The Amer­sham Chron­icles’, a radio play by Patri­cia Keiller.

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Arctic Ice Increased by a Third Since December 2013

  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.”


Spread the word about The Clock Tower Sanctuary?‏


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?


Please con­tact or phone 01273 722353


Dir­ec­tions and other inform­a­tion can be found on our web­site:


Sign Petition Against Fracking: Government U-Turn

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 in Brighton Open Market July 26th

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.


Brighton Climate Action Network meeting Wed 22 July

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.

 The found­ing meet­ing of the net­work agreed to con­cen­trate on organ­ising the Brighton end of the “Time to Act!” mobil­isa­tion ahead of the UN cli­mate talks in Paris in Decem­ber. This includes build­ing for the national cli­mate demon­stra­tion in Lon­don on 29 Novem­ber and organ­ising a recep­tion for the cyc­lists on the mass cycle ride to Paris who will be stay­ing over in Brighton en route to Newhaven.
Since then we’ve dis­cussed a num­ber of excit­ing ideas, includ­ing organ­ising a week of climate-related activ­it­ies in the city from 16th — 22nd November.
The main agenda items for next week’s meet­ing will be an update on the pre­par­a­tions for the mass cycle ride and con­sid­er­ing ideas — and start­ing to make plans for — the week of activ­it­ies in Novem­ber. We’re hop­ing for as many sug­ges­tions as pos­sible from as many people as possible.
Dave Allen’s notes of the last meet­ing are below and there are updates and on-going dis­cus­sion on the Brighton CAN face­book at



United Nation Association: Events and Recordings


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.

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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.

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Before the Roll Back — Brighton Uni Students read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights



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.



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