Climate Change: Less Talk, More Action

Stqarrija Stampa 23/11/09

Tibdil fil-Klima: Inqas Paroli, Iktar Fatti

Il-Moviment Graffitti u l-Alternattiva Demokratika Zghazagh qeghdin illum itellghu azzjoni simbolika bl-isem ta’ ‘Less Talk, More Action’ quddiem il-bini fejn qed issir il-laqgha tal-Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM). Dan il-forum, li huwa maghmul minn rapprezentanti ta’ diversi parlamenti tal-Mediterran, qed jiddiskuti it-tibdil fil-klima bi preparazzjoni ghall-laqgha dinjija f’Kopenhagen f’Dicembru li gej.

“Filwaqt li laqghat li jiddiskutu l-problemi relatati mat-tibdil fil-klima huma importanti, ma nistghux ma nikkummentawx fuq il-fatt li wara snin twal ta’ laqghat ta’ dan it-tip ghadu kwazi ma ntlahaq xejn konkert sabiex jitnaqqsu l-emissjonijiet li jwasslu ghal dan il-fenomenu. Sadanittant id-dinja kompliet tishon, il-blokok tas-silg jinhallu u d-dezerti jikbru. Il-konsegwenzi tragici tat-tibdil fil-klima dejjem qed isiru iktar reali u fil-qrib, izda jidher li ghad m’hemmx ir-rieda politika minn bosta gvernijiet sabiex l-gheruq ta’ din il-problema jigu ndirizzati. Jidher li l-laqgha f’Kopenhagen, li suppost kellha tkun zvolta fil-glieda ta’ din il-problema, falliet qabel ma bdiet. Dan ghaliex bosta pajjizi, specjalment dawk kbar u sinjuri, mhux lesti li joholqu miri ta’ tnaqqis ta’ emissjonijiet b’mod li verament tkun indirizzata l-problema tat-tibdil fil-klima.”

“Il-laqgha tal-PAM qeghda tiddiskuti iktar kif se nkampaw mal-konsegwenzi tat-tibdil klimatiku, milli kif nistghu nevitawhom. Nirrikonoxxu l-fatt li bosta pajjizi fil-Mediterran m’ghandhomx l-istess htija ghal din il-problema bhal ma ghandhom pajjizi kbar li ilhom industrijalizzati ghal hafna snin u li tulhom lahhqu niggzu l-ambjent bil-kbir. Huwa propju ghalhekk li l-pajjizi tal-Mediterran ghandhom imorru f’laqghat bhal dawk ta’ Kopenhagen sabiex jitolbu li jigu verament imnaqqsa l-emissjonijiet tac-CO2, filwaqt li jinsistu li jigu mghejuna pajjizi inqas industrijalizzati sabiex jinvestu f’energija nadifa. Izda l-pajjizi tal-Mediterran ghandhom ukoll jerfghu ir-responsabiltajiet taghhom quddiem din is-sitwazzjoni. Malta stess ilha snin twal b’power stations li jniggzu hafna u jidher li fil-futur qarib il-gvern se jkompli jinvesti f’energija li thammeg.”

Chris Mizzi (mobile number 99278223)
Ghall-Moviment Graffitti u Alternativa Demokratika Zaghzagh

Press Release 23/11/09

Climate Change:  Less Talk, More Action

Moviment Graffitti and Alternattiva Demokratika Zghazagh have organised a symbolic action with the slogan “Less Talk, More Action” in front of the building where a meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM) is being held.  This forum, which is made up of representatives of various Mediterranean parliaments, is discussing climate change issues in preparation for the world summit in Copenhagen this December.

“While meetings which discuss problems related to climate change are important, we cannot but comment on the fact that after long years of such talks, nothing concrete has been achieved in order to reduce emissions leading to this phenomenon.  In the meantime the world’s climate is getting warmer, ice blocks are melting and deserts are expanding.  The tragic consequences of climate change are becoming increasingly nearer and more real.  However, it seems that there is no political will on the part of many governments to address the roots of this problem.  The Copenhagen summit, which was supposed to bring a significant change in the right direction, has apparently already failed before it even started.  This is because many countries, especially those which are larger and wealthier, are not ready to establish targets for the reduction of emissions in a way which would really address the problem of climate change.”

“The PAM meeting is more concerned with how to deal with the consequences of climate change rather than with how to prevent them.  We do recognise the fact that many Mediterranean countries are not to blame for the problem as much as much as larger countries which became industrialised decades ago and which have contributed in a bigger way to environmental degradation.  It is precisely for this reason that Mediterranean countries should attend meetings such as those of Copenhagen so that they will request that CO2 emissions be reduced, while insisting that less industrialised countries should be helped to invest in cleaner energy.  However Mediterranean countries should also face up to their responsibilities in this situation.  Malta itself has for many years operated power stations which are highly polluting and apparently the government plans to continue investing in dirty technology.”

Chris Mizzi (mobile number 99278223)
f/Moviment Graffitti and Alternativa Demokratika Zaghzagh


http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20091123/local/climate-change

El Sadi’s comments deemed out of line

Alternattiva Demokratika Zaghzagh would like to show its disapproval of Imam El Sadi’s views he displayed on a local television program, especially his condoning of physical violence on people who committed a criminal offence and his explicit homophobia.

Dirk Urpani, spokesperson for ADZ stated “while we are all out for freedom of speech, it is highly irresponsible for a religious leader to promote anti-social policies. Though he was referring to non-European countries, certain rights are universal and acts such as cutting off hands of people convicted of theft should be condemned by anyone living in a democratic country. Mr El Sadi’s homophobic references are equally disgusting and we believe he should apologise to the LGBT community, especially for ridiculing same sex marriages or unions by comparing them to ‘marrying a cat or a dog’.”

“One should also keep in mind that in this country, there are refugees who have fled from the oppression of Muslim regimes. It is very offensive, to say the least, to a person who left his/her country because of such persecution only to find a religious leader condoning the same practices that caused their oppression.

 

Robert Callus
ADZ – Green Youth

Graffitti university eviction says much about tomorrow’s leaders

http://www.maltatoday.com.mt/2009/11/15/l3.html

University student organisations are vital hubs of democracy and creativity – irrespective of their political beliefs. It seems strange that Moviment Graffitti, ranked first on campus in a recent evaluation (a ranking which could entitle the student organization to some precedence in choice of premises), is being stripped of the office it has worked in for 10 years, and a vote on the Student Council’s organ, for failing to show up at a meeting. What does this say about the democratic leaders of tomorrow?

Stefano Moncada, Noel Agius, Albert Bell, Michael Briguglio, JosAnn Cutajar, Michael Grech, Angele Deguara

Strange Bedfellows

Despite all odds, the Catholic church and the extreme right in Italy (and similarly in Malta) seem to be forgetting their differences. Silvio Berlusconi seems to be temporarily absolved from everything, be it sex scandals, corruption and even his opposition to the value of life of foreigners.

 

The reason for this truce is the European Court of Human Rights’ decision to remove Crucifixes (not crosses) from public places. What they have in common is actually fear. However if one scratches below the surface he will realize that while the Catholic Church is afraid, the extreme right is just enjoying the spoils of its fear.

 

The Catholic church has been afraid for quite a while. Europe is becoming more and more secular. People, including most moderate Catholics are asking for the church to keep its distance from the state. Many are asking for civil rights such as that of divorce, while homosexuals are coming out of the closet at a much faster rate then predicted. While I welcome all this, I don’t blame the church for feeling afraid. It knows it is losing its grip, and the Crucifix decision is just adding insult to injury.

 

The extreme right does not really care about the Crucifix. Some of them consider themselves as secularists, while others claim they embrace Christianity (which includes a local branch of the Ku Klux Klan, the same organization that in the U.S. has persecuted both Catholics and Italians in the previous century). Secular or not, the Italian right, including Members of Parliament in the outgoing government, is conveniently capitalizing on the church’s fear by spinning a tale about migrant Muslims and Jews out there waiting to swallow Catholic Italy.

 

Needless to say all this is based on a lie. The Court decision involves a case filed and won by an Italian citizen of Finnish descent who is an atheist. Muslims, Jews and migrants have absolutely nothing to do with this. However the fear spinning machine never found it hard to spread its message even if this was either based on lies or severely modified truths (ironically a sin according to the Catholic Church).

 

Fear, rational or not is an extremely powerful force that has been able to achieve practically everything, from overturning governments to justifying genocides.

 

The Catholic Church is in my opinion doing a grave mistake, both in Italy and in Malta. Its voice against the removal of the Crucifix is loud as one expects it to be. However, by omitting to mention the fact that migrants, Muslims and Jews are not behind this it is leaving open terrain for the much less noble right.

 

Maybe digging a little bit of history might help the church take the right decisions. It is not an isolated event that the Catholic church has been used and then conveniently disposed of. Most outstanding is obviously Nazi Germany. If the church wants to control this tide of secularism it needs to be closer to its people, and listen to them rather than dictating. Making an alliance with the devil will definitely backfire, probably much sooner than they expect.

 

Robert Callus

http://robertcallus.wordpress.com/

Ahna ta’ din n-naha [Orizzont – Thu 12th Nov]

minn Christopher Cutajar – Asst. Segretarju GWU Youths

Ippubblikat f’L-Orizzont tal-lum il-Hamis, 12 ta’ Novembru

 

Fid-dinja kollox ghandu tendenza jinqasam fi tnejn. Jew thoss il-bard jew thoss is-shana. Jew tkun rebbieh jew tkun tellief. Jew tkun ghaqli inkella mharbat. Hekk ukoll fil-qasam trejdjunjonistiku u politiku. Hemm dawk li lesti jbiddlu u hemm dawk li jahilfu li l-ebda bidla m’ghandha ssir.  Hemm dawk li lesti jisfidaw lil min ghandu l-poter u hemm dawk li ghaliex huma laghqa jew bezghana jzommu rashom baxxa quddiem kull awtorita’, anke quddiem dawk li ma jixirqilhom l-ebda rispett.

 

Dan jghodd ukoll ghall-ghaqdiet taz-zghazagh. Hasra li ghandna bizibilju ta’ ghaqdiet taz-zghazagh li ma humiex lesti jcaqalqu l-ebda ilmijiet f’pajjizna. Hasra li ghandna kocc zghazagh mimlija energija u gherf li flok juzawhom biex jaraw kif itejbu l-kundizzjonijiet ta’ dawk ta’ madwarhom barra dawk taghhom, jiffukaw biss fuqhom infushom biex ipaxxu biss l-alla tal-‘jien’.

 

La ghidna li kollox nistghu nsibulu zewgt itruf, fl-ghaqdiet politici u trejdjunjonistici insibu lil dawk tax-Xellug u dawk tal-Lemin. Tax-Xellug ikunu dawk li l-progress iridu jiksbuh aktar malajr minn haddiehor. Tax-Xellug ikunu dawk li jqisu bhala priorita’ taghhom il-kundizzjonijiet tax-xoghol tal-haddiema u l-kwalita’ tal-ghixien tal-familji, u qatt ma jgerrhu l-fatt li madwarhom ikun hawn min ikun mejjet ghall-qatra u min mejjet fis-sakra. B’hekk min hu Xellugi jara l-Gustizzja Socjali u l-Ugwaljanza bhala valuri u principji li hadd qatt ma jista’ jnehhilu minn rasu.

 

Tal-Lemin mill-banda l-ohra jemmnu li kulhadd ghandu jkollu c-cans jithalla jitlaq jaqdef ghal rasu, u mhux importanti ghalih jekk dak li telaq jigri ‘l quddiem halliex xi erbgha b’saqajhom miksura warajh. Jemmnu li l-Gvern m’ghandux joqghod ipoggi hafna regoli fuq min ihaddem, jew jaghmel il-kummerc jew in-negozju. Ma jemminx li min m’ghandux ghandu jaqsam ma’ min ghandu. Tal-Lemin ma jinteressahx jekk kullhadd ikunx jista’ jasal, ghalih l-aqwa li jiftah it-triq biex kulhadd jigri kemm jiflah fiha.

 

Ahna z-zghazagh tal-GWU kburin li nifformaw parti minn trejdjunjin Xellugija, li l-progress trid tarah mill-aktar fis u li ghalkemm hasbet biex tiggedded bil-qawwa, il-principji taghha gharfet tindukrahom. Ghalina tal-GWU Youths huwa importanti hafna li ahna l-ghaqdiet taz-zghazagh Xellugin u Progressivi inservu ta’ spalla ghal xulxin kull meta jinhass il-bzonn. M’hemmx bzonn strutturi formali u dojoq jew regolamenti kontra ohrajn. Li hemm bzonn huwa kuntatt kontinwu u effettiv, u kull meta xi hadd jazzarda jaghtas fuq wiehed minna inkunu hemm ghal xulxin biex naraw x’ghajnuna nistghu noffru lil xulxin.

 

Irridu nkunu bhal hamest iswaba’ f’ponn. Dik hi s-solidarjeta’ li ahna tal-GWU Youths barra li nippridkawha lesti li nghixuha u nhaddmuha. Hekk ghamilna l-gimgha l-ohra meta heggigna lil ghaqdiet Xellugin u Progressivi ohra biex ninghaqdu f’solidarjeta’ mall-Moviment Graffitti biex il-Kunsill Studenti Universitarji ma jkunx arroganti u viljakk u jhedded lill-Graffitti li se jihodlu l-kamra tal-Universita’. Il-Graffitti hija l-aktar ghaqda attiva fl-Universita’ u llum ma jmissniex niddiskutu jekk ghandhiex tittihdilhom il-kamra taghhom, imma minn flok imissna naraw jekk ghandux jinbnielhom palazz biex ikollhom fejn jimirhu aktar fil-hidma tajba li jaghmlu.

 

Ahna napprezzaw li l-Forum Zghazagh Laburisti, l-Alternattiva Demokratika Zghazagh, u Zminijietna Zghazagh tax-Xellug inghaqdu maghna biex nappoggjaw lil dan il-Moviment. Cert li ma’ kull sejha li se nkunu qed naghmlu, se jkunu aktar dawk l-ghaqdiet tan-naha taghna li jilqghu sejhiet bhal dawn. Lil dak li jmexxi l-KSU minn hawn nghidlu li min jaghti bis-sejf bis-sejf jaqla’. Hafna kienu dawk li nharqu bl-istess huggiega li qabdu huma stess.

 

Ahna z-zghazagh Progressivi u Xellugin ghandna nkunu dejjem lesti biex nghinu lil xulxin b’kull mod. Dan naghmluh billi nzommu l-identitajiet taghna dawk li huma biex kulhadd jibqa’ jiddistingwina, izda fl-istess waqt naghmluh ghaliex naghrfu li b’hekk nistghu nsahhu l-vucijiet taghna f’kull livell. Ghalhekk bhala pass iehor f’din il-mixja fil-gimgha li gejja ahna tal-GWU Youths se nkunu qed naghmlu sejha liz-zghazagh tan-naha taghna biex flimkien nfasslu sett ta’ proposti lill-Ministeru tal-Edukazzjoni biex jinholqu soluzzjonijiet halli ma jkollniex studenti f’pajjizna li jkunu minn ghalihom li lahqu l-quccata tal-muntanja u wara jindunaw li bil-kemm telghu nofsha.

 

www.xellugi.blogspot.com

Student organisations discouraged

Today at the Junior College in Msida, the KSJC (Kunsill Studenti
Junior College) were not allowed to hold a press conference inside the
newly- refurbished KSJC office which is within the Junior College
premises.

Alternattiva Demokratika Zghazagh completely disagrees with the
negative attitude of the Junior College administration. It seems that
the Junior College Administration is now not even allowing student
organisations to organise any activities within the school foyer. The
school foyer used to be the hub of student activity.

ADZ spokesperson Dirk Urpani said:’We hope that the situation at the
Junior College improves and that student organisations are encouraged
and not hindered.’

Robert Callus

ADZ – PRO

November 2009

ADZ Movie Night

MovieNight2

WALTZ WITH BASHIR


A Lebanon War Story by Ari Folman.
ADZ is organizing a MOVIE NIGHT at 7: 30pm on Friday 13th November, where we will be showing “Waltz with Bashir”.
The Israeli film won a grand total of 21 awards, including a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.
The event will take place at 60A Strait Street Valletta. Entry price is 4 euros.

FREE FOOD AND TWO DRINKS.

ADZ Team

By maltagreenyouth Posted in ADZ, Event

Solidarity with Moviment Graffitti

Letter to the Editor – MaltaToday @ http://www.maltatoday.com.mt/2009/11/01/l3.html

 

Alternattiva Demokratika Zghazagh (ADZ) wishes to support Moviment Grafitti who might be in the process of losing their office on campus to SDM. Throughout their years on campus, Grafitti have strived to bring their campaigns closer to the student body.

Unfortunately ADZ is not surprised about SDM’s blatant hostility towards Moviment Graffiti. Especially when you consider that various SDM’s proponents, including president Lauro Fava, have openly opposed this organisation by joining the facebook group “Movement against Moviment Graffiti”. As distasteful as this can be, the fact remains that Grafitti earns their office every year with their prominent activism. It seems that the apple does not fall far from the tree. ADZ has faith that the KPS commissioner Andrea Pace will find an appropriate solution for them to keep their office.

Moviment Grafitti’s impressive yearly activity report should suffice to keep their office, or at least it sheds light on the footprint Grafitti’s leaves at university. This desperate attempt to rid Grafitti from their office speaks volumes on the (lack of) integrity of KSU, nevertheless, ADZ stands by Moviment Grafitti.

 

Andre Vella

ADZ General Secretary

Realta, Sexism, Borat and Racism

Ironically the University rector censored Realta’s newspaper on the grounds of its being sexist. I say ironically since I know the people behind the newspaper and they are all staunch believers in gender equality.

The offensive ‘sexist’ article, called “Dak li Tkisser Sewwi” by Alex Vella Gera involves a fictitious person who considers women only as sexual objects. Obviously there are a lot of ‘sexist’ and definitely politically incorrect phrases in the story. However these are only sexist if taken out of context. The narrator is in reality, depicted as a sick person, obsessed with sex and fearful of a relationship. The text is nothing more than a parody of sexism, which implies that the author’s view of women is anything but sexist.

Somewhat this reminds me of the movies with the character of Borat. Watching a couple of minutes of his shows one might suspect the author/artist Sasha Cohen has a racist and sexist agenda. Watching the whole movie or even whole video clips, it doesn’t take much to realise that Cohen is actually ridiculing racism and sexism through overt exaggeration and satire.

At one point, the character is given respite by an elderly couple who are very hospitable and kind. Things go wrong when he realises that the couple are Jewish. From then on he feels in a trap and refuses to eat their food, which he believes is poisoned. At a point he even starts throwing money at two cockroaches, (which he believed were a transformation of the elderly Jewish couple) pleading with them to let him live.

Borat’s attitude towards women is once again an exaggeration of sexism, exposing it as ridiculous. On one occasion, when he was canvassing for a politician, he asks to speak to ‘someone who can vote’ when a woman opens the door of her house. He regularly asks women ‘how much?’ for sexual favors and considers women driving as dangerous as having a ‘monkey trying to fly a plane’. He even states that women’s rights are being improved in his country (Kazakhstan, though it is made clear he is not depicting the true culture of the country which he had chosen randomly) since now women are ‘even allowed to stay on the inside of the bus’.

Saying that Cohen is a racist and sexist is plain naive.  Same goes for the story published in Realta. The misunderstanding could be considered as naive. Or may we ask whether this is an attempt to silence the people behind this newspaper for their progressive views, including their aversion towards any kind of discrimination.


Robert Callus

http://robertcallus.wordpress.com/