On Friday 3 January, I attended the funeral in Bristol of Richard Hart. A Caribbean activist, researcher and writer, Richard served as attorney general in the Bishop government in Grenada in 1983, until the brutal invasion of the country by the US in October of that year.
I first met Richard when I was committee clerk at Hambledon rural district council in 1967, and he was solicitor to the Guildford Council.
Aged just 50, he had already had a long and distinguished political career in the Caribbean. He was a founder member of the People’s National Party of Jamaica (PNP), set up in 1938. In 1942, his political activities brought him into conflict with the British colonial authorities, who jailed him without trial.
On 11 March 2011, Japan was hit with the largest earthquake in its recorded history. The earthquake and its following tsunami crippled Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant on the east coast, about 150 miles north of Tokyo. Shocked by these events, and his long-standing campaign against the nuclear industry Mordechai Vanunu sent the following message, on the anniversary of the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945.
Report on the 2010 IFJ Congress – Cadiz, Spain – 25 -28 May
Every three years, the International Federation of Journalists holds its annual congress. Affiliated unions elected their delegates and the NUJ elected ours at the last year’s general meeting in Southport. Continue reading International action→