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“Human Kind Cannot Bear Very Much Reality”, Doing Nothing While the World Burns and Extinction Looms

10.8.22

As the weather turns hostile, even in London, which is experiencing its hottest summer ever, I look at the dangerous disconnect between everyday life and the grim future that awaits us if we don’t take immediate and concerted action to address catastrophic climate change. Failed by politicians, by the oil and gas industry and by the mainstream media, can we find a way out of our predicament before it is too late?

The Triumphant Return of the WOMAD Global Music Festival on its 40th Anniversary and Reflections on its History

5.8.22

My review of the WOMAD festival’s welcome return to Charlton Park in Wiltshire for the first time since 2019, and my reflections on the festival’s history, and my 20 years of attending and working in the children’s workshops, which culminate in a children’s procession through the festival site on its final evening.

Save Reginald House: Demolition Plans For Flats Next to Former Tidemill Garden Reveal the Broken State of Social Housing Provision in London

22.7.22

My exclusive report about the plight faced by the residents of 2-30a Reginald Road (aka Reginald House), a block of flats next to the former site of the Old Tidemill Wildlife Garden in Deptford, in south east London. Although the flats are structurally sound, the block faces demolition as part of a housing ‘regeneration’ project that is already underway on the former site of the garden, the former Tidemill primary school and its grounds, and residents — secure tenants, leaseholders and temporary tenants — all have problems with how they are being treated by the council regarding being moved out and being rehoused.

Our Climate Crisis Paralysis: How, in the Face of Unprecedented Signs of Climate Collapse, We’re Still Being Failed by Politicians, the Media and Ourselves

19.7.22

As temperatures reach 40°C in the UK for the first time ever, I look at the failures of politicians, the media and ourselves to take the required action necessary to keep the earth habitable, and particularly ask why, after the COP26 climate summit in November, we’re not seeing any efforts to implement the 7% cuts in emissions that are necessary to reduce emissions by 50% by 2030, a target that we are all supposed to have agreed to.

38 Years Since the Last Stonehenge Free Festival, The Legacy of Those Who Destroyed It Is An Imminently Uninhabitable Planet

21.6.22

As crowds return to Stonehenge for the summer solstice, I look back on the days of the Stonehenge Free Festival, which last took place 38 years ago, and wonder how both Stonehenge’s builders, and the travellers and festival-goers of the ’70s and ’80s, would react to the currently unfolding environmental catastrophe of our own making, whose roots were sown when dissent was so brutally suppressed in the ’80s and ’90s, and the unfettered neo-liberal exploitation of everyone and everything took over.

Five Years Since the Grenfell Tower Fire, No Justice for Survivors, and No Safety For Hundreds of Thousands of People Trapped in Unsafe Flats

14.6.22

Marking the 5th anniversary, today, of the Grenfell Tower fire, on June 14, 2017, when 72 people died, in a disaster that should never have happened, but that came to pass because everyone responsible prioritised cost-cutting and profits over the safety of residents. I also discuss how the insanely flammable cladding, which was the primary cause of the disaster, was also used on hundreds of other buildings, both public and private, and discuss how, in the shameful deregulated world of housing safety, much of it is still in place, still endangering lives, and leaving everyone involved – whether leaseholders or tenants – trapped in homes that are both worthless and unsafe.

On the 37th Anniversary of the Battle of the Beanfield, Gypsies and Travellers Face an Unprecedented Threat From This Vile and Bigoted Government

1.6.22

Marking the 37th anniversary of the Battle of the Beanfield, on June 1, 1985, when the police, under Margaret Thatcher, violently assaulted a convoy of travellers en route to Stonehenge to establish what would have been the 12th annual Stonehenge Free Festival, with commentary about how, today, Gypsies and travellers face a threat to their very way of life via legislation introduced by our dangerous and bigoted home secretary, Priti Patel.

Now on YouTube: Tidemill Documentary ‘The Battle for Deptford’ Celebrates Community Solidarity and Resistance

27.5.22

My review of Hat Vickers’ documentary film ‘The Battle for Deptford’, now available for free on YouTube, which focuses on community activism and the long struggle to save the Old Tidemill Wildlife Garden and Reginald House, a block of structurally sound council flats, from destruction for a housing project in Deptford, in south east London.

Videos: Speeches at the Close Guantánamo Protest in London, Jan. 8, 2022, Including Andy Worthington and John McDonnell MP

23.5.22

Recently discovered videos of speakers at the rally for the closure of Guantánamo that was held in London in January 2022, featuring speakers including John McDonnell MP and myself, to mark the 20th anniversary of the opening of the prison.

A Fundraiser Marking the 10th Anniversary of My Photo-Journalism Project ‘The State of London’

11.5.22

A fundraiser marking ten years of my photo-journalism project ‘The State of London’, and marking five years since I began posting a photo a day from the project, plus accompanying essays, on Facebook. This is an entirely reader-funded project, so any help you can provide will be very gratefully received.

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Andy Worthington

Investigative journalist, author, campaigner, commentator and public speaker. Recognized as an authority on Guantánamo and the “war on terror.” Co-founder, Close Guantánamo and We Stand With Shaker. Also, photo-journalist (The State of London), and singer and songwriter (The Four Fathers).
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