Posts Tagged "Europe"

Why I feel unable to vote for the European Elections

Posted by on 22 May 14 in Politics | 0 comments

Why I feel unable to vote for the European Elections

I’m not from the UK. I have a British passport, but I don’t feel “British”. In fact, I don’t really feel like my nationality should really define my identity at all. So it sickens me to watch the European election campaigns being run by nationalist sentiments and fear. For the last few months, the media has played into hyping up what it deems the ‘crazy’ right wing. They have turned Nigel Farage into a gaffing human, promoted his cause through their horrendous plaguing games and basically passed UKIP the pity vote. They’ve provided him with a...

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Rhetoric, ridicule and oppression: tactics of the Nastier Party, UKIP

Posted by on 18 Mar 14 in Politics | 1 comment

Rhetoric, ridicule and oppression: tactics of the Nastier Party, UKIP

‘We’re not career politicians, just people asking to be elected and paid as MEPs.’ The ethos of York’s UKIP public meeting was not going to be pleasant – and that was made clear from the start. When UKIP came to Clifton earlier this year, I and some colleagues attended a consultation meeting. It was here we were told by Judith Morris that York was soon to be filled with asylum seekers – from the “countries where they are tearing each other apart”. Naturally, I reacted. My family and friends had a history of being asylum seekers from Uganda in...

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5 rules to protect you from racism.

Posted by on 8 May 13 in Non-fiction, Social Justice | 0 comments

5 rules to protect you from racism.

When you’re growing up brown in a white country, you’re taught a few techniques of self-protection. Some of these are things you learn from your parents, others are those you build after you’ve experienced racial injustice, and some you learn from watching others like you be targeted. These are some of the tactics I have observed or been taught (but not necessarily abided by). The Sore Thumb Rule If you’re coloured in a majority white school, you already stick out when you should really blend in. Your colour makes you easy pickings, though being of colour may not be...

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If a person speaks and no-one listens, do they have a voice?

Posted by on 27 Mar 13 in Politics, Social Justice | 2 comments

If a person speaks and no-one listens, do they have a voice?

Everyone has a right to free speech but only a few are heard. As World Social Forum 2013 opens its doors in Tunis today, I mused on how little the UK’s “civil society” engages with the grassroots networks based in the Global South, despite our common ailments. While the British government forces poor families onto food stamps instead of short loans; while job centres are encouraged to ensure the poorest have the least access to the money they need; and while the political elite only seems to be getting richer; our ‘developing’ neighbours tell us that these are...

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Is this the end of Europe?

Posted by on 24 Sep 12 in Politics | 2 comments

Is this the end of Europe?

When we speak of a place, we don’t mean its “real” geography, but the idea of it. In this sense we comprehend it by it being lived in, our understandings of its constructed histories, and how we relate to that space. Much of the same can be said about Europe. For many, Europe marks an origin point – Americans and Australians used to call it the “old” continent. Much before then, the Renaissance started a reinvigoration of Classical grandeur, with many attributing the origins of ‘civilisation’ to those masters of Philosophy – Plato,...

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