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27.2.10

Cornwall Respect on Facebook

The organisation Cornwall Respect can be found on Facebook.

One Kernow strongly urges all in the Cornish movement to engage with this celebration of diversity and culture.

The fight for Cornish rights and recognition is inextricably linked to the respect of all cultures and identities.

Strength in unity.

24.2.10

Civil Liberty: with friends like these......

It has come to the attention of One Kernow that the organisation -Civil Liberty- has recently commented on the Cornish question, and in particular the recent communications between the Celtic League and the EHRC.

Civil Liberty is intimately connected to the BNP and other elements from the British and English far-right. As an organisation one of its roles is to gather funds for the BNP among fascist sympathisers in the USA.

Whilst their critique of the UK governments policy towards the Cornish national minority (equally including the Scottish, Welsh and Irish) is not without reason, their stigmatizing of other minority groups in the same article is deplorable.

The combat for a fairer juster society is one the Cornish share with all other minority groups and, indeed, all citizens. The only response to the odious support of such groups as Civil Liberty is the firm adherence to the principle of strength in unity.

It should be noted that the Celtic League is open to anyone regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, language, sex or sexuality. Equally the League does not welcome any individual or group who/which embraces any theory of racial superiority or exclusiveness.

23.2.10

Putting Reunification on the Political Agenda


Two Breton groups are intent on putting the issue of Breton reunification on the political agenda this weekend, by organising a mass demonstration in the city of Naoned/Nantes.

This Saturday (27th February 2010) people are being urged to travel to Nantes from all over Breizh/Brittany to take part in a `Freque Humaine'. Bretagne Réunie and 44=BZH want to show politicians that the issue of Breton reunification should be firmly on the political agenda ahead of next month's regional elections.

The groups says that they are determined to get more political parties coming out in support of Breton reunification as part of their election campaign and want to start a debate on the issue in the run up to elections:

"Concernant les élections régionales, plusieurs partis politiques affichent leur volonté de réunifier la Bretagne mais d'autres restent sans voix devant la volonté populaire.

"Bretagne Réunie et 44=Breizh veulent imposer le débat sur la réunification afin que les candidats se déterminent sur ce dossier."

During the afternoon and evening there will be bands and a DJ and the mood of the day is expected to be festive. A bus will be travelling through Breizh picking people up to take them to the demonstration.
The demonstration comes in the wake of a court case against two well known Breton reunification activists on 1st February in Nantes. The two accused, Alan Haye and Jonathan William, are suspected of public disorder offences after police harassed them and their families while at a cafe in Naoned last year.

According to Reuters news agency 65% of voters in the French regional elections will be voting on local issues and 80% wanted the Paris government to take account of the vote in setting state wide policy.

Link: http://www.bretagne-reunie.org/

This article prepared for Celtic News by Rhisiart Tal-e-bot General Secretary Celtic League. For follow-up comment or clarification contact:

Issued by the Director of Information
Celtic League
CL News Letter

23/02/10

The Celtic League has branches in the six Celtic Countries. It works to promote cooperation between these countries and campaigns on a broad range of political, cultural and environmental matters. It highlights human rights abuse, monitors all military activity and focuses on socio-economic issues.

Putting Reunification on the Political Agenda


Two Breton groups are intent on putting the issue of Breton reunification on the political agenda this weekend, by organising a mass demonstration in the city of Naoned/Nantes.

This Saturday (27th February 2010) people are being urged to travel to Nantes from all over Breizh/Brittany to take part in a `Freque Humaine'. Bretagne Réunie and 44=BZH want to show politicians that the issue of Breton reunification should be firmly on the political agenda ahead of next month's regional elections.

The groups says that they are determined to get more political parties coming out in support of Breton reunification as part of their election campaign and want to start a debate on the issue in the run up to elections:

"Concernant les élections régionales, plusieurs partis politiques affichent leur volonté de réunifier la Bretagne mais d'autres restent sans voix devant la volonté populaire.

"Bretagne Réunie et 44=Breizh veulent imposer le débat sur la réunification afin que les candidats se déterminent sur ce dossier."

During the afternoon and evening there will be bands and a DJ and the mood of the day is expected to be festive. A bus will be travelling through Breizh picking people up to take them to the demonstration.
The demonstration comes in the wake of a court case against two well known Breton reunification activists on 1st February in Nantes. The two accused, Alan Haye and Jonathan William, are suspected of public disorder offences after police harassed them and their families while at a cafe in Naoned last year.

According to Reuters news agency 65% of voters in the French regional elections will be voting on local issues and 80% wanted the Paris government to take account of the vote in setting state wide policy.

Link: http://www.bretagne-reunie.org/

This article prepared for Celtic News by Rhisiart Tal-e-bot General Secretary Celtic League. For follow-up comment or clarification contact:

Issued by the Director of Information
Celtic League
CL News Letter

23/02/10

The Celtic League has branches in the six Celtic Countries. It works to promote cooperation between these countries and campaigns on a broad range of political, cultural and environmental matters. It highlights human rights abuse, monitors all military activity and focuses on socio-economic issues.

22.2.10

Unions for Stateless Nations

The post below is copied across from the Breton Connection. Added are some comments on Welsh unions.

Added today is a link to the -Plateforme des Syndicats des Nations sans Etat- an organisation that regroups labour unions from stateless nations around the world.

For example from Brittany we have the Sindikad Labourerien Breizh. I believe a trade union -UNDEB- exists that is closely connected to Plaid Cymru? Is there room for a Cornish labour union movement to push for the rights of Cornwall's workers along with greater self-determination?

Comments:

There was a Welsh insurance company, Undeb, founded by Trefor Morgan in the 1960, but that was swallowed up by another company following his untimely death in 1970.

Except for two student unions for Welsh-speaking students in Aberystwyth and Bangor (UMCA and UMCB) the only other indigenous Welsh unions are; UCAC (Undeb Cenedlaethol Athrawon Cymru) for Welsh teachers and then the FUW (Farmers Union of Wales) for Welsh farmers.

Shouldn't a political party represent workers - it's impossible to have a union represent all workers.

18.2.10

Breton in the British media

Learning the real local lingo can be child's play.

An extract:

Naomi Gray is like many British children in that when she gets home from school, she loves to lose herself in a Harry Potter book. What makes her different is that she will have chatted to her school friends in French on the bus home, and have spent her day with them learning her lessons in Breton.

She's the daughter of Jane and Dug Gray, a translator and stone-mason who live in Finistère, the heart of Celtic Brittany. They have opted not to bring up their three children bilingually in French and English, but trilingually, by enrolling them in Brittany's educational system, Diwan, whereby all lessons, bar English and French, are taught in Breton.

Breton in the British media

Learning the real local lingo can be child's play.

An extract:

Naomi Gray is like many British children in that when she gets home from school, she loves to lose herself in a Harry Potter book. What makes her different is that she will have chatted to her school friends in French on the bus home, and have spent her day with them learning her lessons in Breton.

She's the daughter of Jane and Dug Gray, a translator and stone-mason who live in Finistère, the heart of Celtic Brittany. They have opted not to bring up their three children bilingually in French and English, but trilingually, by enrolling them in Brittany's educational system, Diwan, whereby all lessons, bar English and French, are taught in Breton.

16.2.10

Cornwall's Constitution and Your Right to Know

Passing the Duchy on a Cornish Holiday.

Heather Brooke, a journalist, writer and author of ‘Your Right to Know’ has blogged about the Duchy of Cornwall and the freedom of information.

Heather writes:

this feudal constitutional body of governance claims that it is nothing more than a private landed estate and therefore exempt from the FOI act. He did point me to John Cross who is using the FOI act to obtain as much info as possible on the Duchies of Lancaster and Cornwall. You can find out about his work by visiting his blog Confirm or Deny.


For those interested in this subject, John Kirkhope, a Notary Public and Solicitor, has extensively researched the Duchy of Cornwall and is organising a series of public talks on the Laws of Cornwall.


I have one word of advice to all those seeking info on land ownership. Instead of using the Freedom of Information Act you might also try citing the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. This law is based on an EU directive and covers a wide range of information about the environment including land use and pollution. It also applies to any organisation conducting activities affecting the environment, not just public bodies (thus the Duchy of Cornwall IS covered under the EIR). For more info about using the EIR see the websites for the Information Commissioner, or the Scottish Information Commissioner. You should also look at the site of Rob Edwards who is an excellent journalist covering the environment and using both FOI and the EIR laws.

14.2.10

Labour Unions for Stateless Nations

Added today is a link to the -Plateforme des Syndicats des Nations sans Etat- an organisation that regroups labour unions from stateless nations around the world.

For example from Brittany we have the Sindikad Labourerien Breizh. I believe a trade union -UNDEB- exists that is closely connected to Plaid Cymru? Is there room for a Cornish labour union to push for the rights of Cornwall's workers along with greater self-determination?

It should be noted that these unions have nothing to do with the ethnically exclusive unions from the far right.
A Cornish trade union should fight for the rights of ALL workers within the territory of the Duchy without exception.

Labour Unions for Stateless Nations

Added today is a link to the -Plateforme des Syndicats des Nations sans Etat- an organisation that regroups labour unions from stateless nations around the world.

For example from Brittany we have the Sindikad Labourerien Breizh. I believe a trade union -UNDEB- exists that is closely connected to Plaid Cymru? Is there room for a Cornish labour union to push for the rights of Cornwall's workers along with greater self-determination?

It should be noted that these unions have nothing to do with the ethnically exclusive unions from the far right.
A Cornish trade union should fight for the rights of ALL workers within the territory of the Duchy without exception.

11.2.10

A direction for Cornish nationalism

The future left: red, green and republican?

We know that the left must be red and green. It needs to be red in that it should incorporate the left’s historic commitments to economic, social and political equality. It should be green in frankly and fully accepting the constraint of environmental sustainability. But should the left of the future also be republican?

So starts an interesting article in Red Pepper. Mebyon Kernow, Plaid and the SNP, along with their other allies in the European Free Alliance, to my mind, already meet the 'red and green' criteria. As a republican I can only hope for a bold commitment to republicanism as well.

Is there segregation in the Duchy?

Is there racial segregation in Britain's towns?

Another thought provoking piece from OurKingdom.

Discounting the English, Cornwall has nowhere near the levels of immigrants and their descendent as other parts of Britain. Is there an economically enforced segregation between the indigenous Cornish and the English in-migrants to the Duchy however? This is a hopelessly under researched subject. One wonders why?

10.2.10

Aberfest 2010

Breton and Cornish exchanges of all sorts need to be promoted the above being just one example.

The website for the festival is here: Aberfest.

Aberfest 2010

Breton and Cornish exchanges of all sorts need to be promoted the above being just one example.

The website for the festival is here: Aberfest.

Because every last word means another lost world.

Following the death of Boa Sr, the last speaker of the 'Bo' language, here is a post with some links to organisations who campaign for indigenous and minority language survival.

Sorosoro - So the languages of the world may prosper!

Sorosoro is a project to document and help protect, or revitalize, the world's endangered languages. There is plenty of information and perhaps some interesting resources for Cornish language activists.

Endangered Languages Project - Because every last word means another lost world.

HRELP's aim is linguistic documentation, i.e to provide comprehensive documentation of the linguistic practices characteristic of a given speech community. Again their site has plenty of resources and may interest the Cornish language movement.

Survival - The movement for tribal people.

Survival is the only international organization supporting tribal peoples worldwide. We were founded in 1969 after an article by Norman Lewis in the UK’s Sunday Times highlighted the massacres, land thefts and genocide taking place in Brazilian Amazonia. Like many modern atrocities, the racist oppression of Brazil’s Indians took place in the name of ‘economic growth’.

Today, Survival has supporters in 82 countries. We work for tribal peoples’ rights in three complementary ways: education, advocacy and campaigns. We also offer tribal people themselves a platform to address the world. We work closely with local indigenous organizations, and focus on tribal peoples who have the most to lose, usually those most recently in contact with the outside world.

We believe that public opinion is the most effective force for change. Its power will make it harder, and eventually impossible, for governments and companies to oppress tribal peoples.


The Cornish language is part of human diversity and an element of the worlds cultural heritage. Perhaps we, the people of Cornwall, need to consider it our responsibility towards the rest of the planet and to future generations to protect and promote our language.

9.2.10

Breizhistance rallies to Europe Ecologie Bretagne

Breton unity grows!

As an update to this post on the forthcoming French state regional elections, Breizhistance -the Socialist Party of Brittany- has announced that it will be adding its support to Europe Ecologie Bretagne (EEB).

This will see Breizhistance campaigning alongside the UDB, Greens and various other personalities from the Breton and French left.

Two Brezhistance members, Morgane Cotten and Lionel Henry, will be presented on the electoral list of EEB.

Breizhistance rallies to Europe Ecologie Bretagne

Breton unity grows!

As an update to this post on the forthcoming French state regional elections, Breizhistance -the Socialist Party of Brittany- has announced that it will be adding its support to Europe Ecologie Bretagne (EEB).

This will see Breizhistance campaigning alongside the UDB, Greens and various other personalities from the Breton and French left.

Two Brezhistance members, Morgane Cotten and Lionel Henry, will be presented on the electoral list of EEB.

An Gof the anarchist?

It's not only Cornish nationalists who have recuperated the character of An Gof (The Smith). 

1497 has cast a long shadow across Cornwall indeed.

Cornish anarchists -Kernow Action- are the latest to pay tribute to the Cornish who fought in our numerous uprising with the following words: "Cornwall has a long history of resistance and rebellion which should be honoured and must be continued".

Kernow Action claim not to be Cornish nationalists but anarchists opposed to all state control. "We have pride in our communities and rage at their destruction". Noble sentiments shared by a very large portion of those they describe as nationalists.

I hope they choose their political enemies carefully as those of us fighting for greater home-rule for Kernow and all its citizens should not be amongst them.

Still, in their firm stance against state control perhaps we can welcome comrades in arms against the unelected quangos, government bodies and insidious Duchy of Cornwall that have so much power over our little nation.

DotBZH

The campaign for a BZH (Breizh) top level domain name has moved to a new website which can be visted here: PointBZH.

Lets hope the DotKER campaign gets on the move again soon too.

DotBZH

The campaign for a BZH (Breizh) top level domain name has moved to a new website which can be visted here: PointBZH.

Lets hope the DotKER campaign gets on the move again soon too.

7.2.10

Feudalism has no place in a modern democracy


A new release from Unlock Democracy: Feudalism has no place in a modern democracy

This follows Gordon Brown's call for a written constitution for the UK by 2015 to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.

Great! So this undoubtedly means that the constitutional status of the Duchy of Cornwall will come in for full public scrutiny, and that any future direction that it may take will be decided in consultation with the Cornish public?

The answer is -probably not- unless we, the people of Cornwall, make enough of a fuss. It's a shame our elected representatives on the Council don't take more of an interest in what could be of crucial importance for Kernow.  If Cornwall were provided with the decision making powers allowed for in its Duchy constitution it would lead to a radical empowerment of all citizens over their own futures.  Perhaps when considering ones political career there are some boats one just doesn't rock?

Follow Unlock Democracy on Facebook.

3.2.10

BBC survey seeks your ideas and input on LGBT issues

Tell the BBC how to improve its portrayal of LGB people

London - 3 February 2010

The BBC wants to hear your opinion. It is conducting research into its portrayal of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) issues and people.

It wants your views on its LGB output in comedy, news, documentaries, sport, entertainment, film and dramas on BBC TV, radio and websites.

You can give your views via this BBC online survey HERE.

Please make your opinions heard. Don't leave it to homophobes to monopolise and distort the survey results.

Below is a Guardian article setting out some of the flaws in the BBC's past and present coverage of the LGB communities. These might be some of the issues that you want to mention when completing the survey.

Note: Trans people and issues will be the subject of later, separate BBC research and opinion polling.

Please forward this email request to any LGB or straight friends who you think might be interested in contributing to the survey.

Thanks for helping ensure that there is positive feedback to the BBC, so that its coverage of LGB issues and people improves.

Hats off to the BBC for action at last


BBC research into lesbian, gay and bisexual portrayal offers hope


Peter Tatchell welcomes the BBC's belated initiative to examine coverage on TV radio and websites. Article here from Guardian.