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My photography (2012 selection)
My photography (2012 selection)

I have an old friend from the junior high school days who is a professional photographer based in Denver.  It was more than five years ago but I once gained confidence towards my photography from his words of compliment. He saw my pictures from a protest action in London and said ” I had a [...]

Photos 2011 ~ Places & Protests
Photos 2011 ~ Places & Protests

I have been to many places again in 2011 and often traveled long distance for my destinations. It is, however, equally true that I walked around local parks and downs on weekends. They are often within a short radius from home and it is just amazing how close you are to the beautiful and quiet [...]

Dust in the wind
Dust in the wind

Thanks to the helps from my friends, I had an unforgettable day off in Petra last week. I will not write down a detailed report about my time there. For those who are interested to visit this World Heritage site, I say that it is always hot there (40C when I was there!) so prepare [...]

Happy birthday NHS – Stop privatisation
Happy birthday NHS - Stop privatisation

It was more than ten years ago that a friend of mine visited London from Japan with his wife and young daughter. The girl had chronic illness of epilepsy and she had it returned towards the end of their stay. She was immediately admitted to St Thomas’s Hospital and a bed was allocated for the [...]

The Silent Spring
The Silent Spring

“The only thing missing from these pictures are bullet holes” said my father. “So you’ve been to hell and back” was my mother’s response. Last weekend, I went to see them after visiting Japan’s Tohoku region on the Pacific-side where the recent earthquake and tsunami caused major destructions. They saw my photos and film. My [...]

My local celebration for International Workers’ Day
My local celebration for International Workers' Day

A long time ago, when I first came to this country, I asked a colleague at  work how the staff will participate in the London May Day event. He said that the last person to ask the same question was another Japanese and a visitor some years back and the answer to my question is [...]

Bluebells and April shower
Bluebells and April shower

It has been extra-ordinary and very un-English these couple of weeks in terms of the weather. The sun is shining all the time and the temperature is in the mid-20s. What more can you ask over a (late) Easter weekend? And the bluebells are out. As I heard on the news, perhaps a fortnight earlier [...]

Cherry blossoms and daffodils
Cherry blossoms and daffodils

I consider myself lucky to visit Washington DC twice at the time of cherry blossoms. Mind you, they were both co-incidents. At the end of the day, I have no influence over the World Bank to hold their meeting this period! That was my last trip several years ago. This time, it was another meeting [...]

March of 500,000 – No cuts, No wars (and No nukes!)
March of 500,000 - No cuts, No wars (and No nukes!)

[Translation from Japanese] Up to 500,000 people have gathered in London on 26 March to protest against the government’s austerity plans and cuts in the public sector. The last mass mobilisation of this number dates eight years back when Stop the War Coalition organised its Don’t Attack Iraq demonstration in London. The Trades Union Congress [...]

Speaking at Fukushima Vigil
Speaking at Fukushima Vigil

[Translation from Japanese] About a hundred people took part in the Vigil for Fukushima that Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) organised today in front of the Whitehall, opposite 10 Downing Street in London. CND is a UK-based anti-nuclear and peace organisation that was founded in 1958. The vigil was attended by Labour Party MP Jeremy [...]

Celebration at Trafalgar Square
Celebration at Trafalgar Square

They deserved it – a celebration. That’s what it was at Trafalgar Square today. “Good-bye to dictatorship, hello freedom”. The people I captured through my camera finder looked joyous. The tenacity of the Egyptian people who did not compromise with Mubarak deserves to be complimented. As one speaker said at the rally which Amnesty International [...]

Cranbourne Hotel is found (London history walk trial II)
Cranbourne Hotel is found (London history walk trial II)

I took another annual leave today to continue my search on locations in London that are linked to our federation’s history. As I reported to you previously, Central London such as Westminster and Soho is one key area. East London/Docklands and Borough/Clapham are also important. Our colleague, Janina, is gathering information about Maritime House in [...]

Shout! Support the Egyptian people
Shout! Support the Egyptian people

I joined the “Emergency Demonstration – Support the Egyptian People” that Stop the War Coalition organised today in London. Perhaps 1,000 people took part. It is funny that I only visit a place like May Fair on a protest march like this. On 8 February, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) will be calling upon [...]

İstiklal Caddesi and other streets around Taksim
İstiklal Caddesi and other streets around Taksim

I arrived in Istanbul on a late Saturday afternoon. My hotel was a few steps away from the Taksim Square (but very reasonably priced) so I had time to walk around in my spare time. This İstiklal Caddesi is the most famous avenue in Istanbul which stretches three kilometres from Taksim. It is also the [...]

My London history walk (trial)
My London history walk (trial)

It all started with a pleasant pub lunch conversation before Christmas with my pleasant colleagues. “What are locations in London that are related to the history of our Federation?” Over the holidays, I re-read our history book and listed-up the places which are linked to the foundation of our organisation and addresses where our head [...]

2010 through my picts & a happy new year!
2010 through my picts & a happy new year!

As I celebrate the New Year peacefully with my family, two people that I met in my life are jailed with trumped-up charges. One is Mansour Osanloo, whom I spent ten days together in 2007. The other shall remain anonymous for security reasons. In 2010, I lost several friends and colleagues yet again. One was [...]

Snow or strike for Christmas week?
Snow or strike for Christmas week?

Heavy snow covers Britain once again this weekend. It is the second time in less than a month that our transport system is paralysed. Hourly TV News reports how passengers are stranded at airports. Trains are badly delayed in the area that I live. Yesterday, all services ended at 22.00, so their website said. Miseries [...]

River of pacifism
River of pacifism

It was a freezing cold that day in January 2009 as I joined the protest march that the Stop the War Coalition organised in London against the escalation of violence by the Israeli forces in Gaza. Our placards said “Stop the massacre”. The turn-out was huge despite the below-zero temperature weather and occasional flaky snow. [...]

Istanbul – Almost midnight
Istanbul - Almost midnight

It was one pleasant evening in early July. After a busy day at the European Social Forum, including a long march that I joined, I went to dinner with my Norwegian friends. We wondered ourselves deep into the back streets near Taksim Square. It was almost midnight when our session finished and we separated. The [...]

A night with the scabs
A night with the scabs

See Ian Lehair from the London Firebrigade Union addressing his union members and supporters in front of the Southwark fire station on 1 November during their strike action. Soon afterwards, he was struck by a scab-driven fire engine and had to be taken to hospital. Watch the photo-slide show (below) flicks its way through and [...]

Books to read

Read the book review by Ingemar Lindberg on Global Restructuring, Labour and the challenges for Transnational Solidarity (Routhledge 2010)

Now published. The Rise and Fall of the Welfare State by Asbjørn Wahl from Pluto Press

Radical East London Walks
*Radical Jewish East End
*Anti-Fascist Footprints
*Spark of Rebellion in Bow and Mile End
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