Posts Tagged "injustice"

Decolonising Development – thoughts on John Hilary’s Poverty of Capitalism

Posted by on 19 Feb 14 in Politics, Social Justice | 0 comments

Decolonising Development – thoughts on John Hilary’s Poverty of Capitalism

Policies. Theories. Models. Ideologies. It is fascinating how abstracted our politics have become from real life experiences. A couple of months ago, John Hilary caused quite a stir by calling on development charities to re-embrace politics in order to achieve their aims and goals. As the Executive Director of War on Want, his outlook came of no surprise to those  in the know of development politics. War on Want is well-known for its Marxist anti-capitalist and challenging approach to international development, a view that has led many other larger development NGOs into a space of much...

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The system doesn’t work. Then why are we fighting to save it?

Posted by on 6 Jun 13 in Politics, Social Justice | 0 comments

The system doesn’t work. Then why are we fighting to save it?

“In the Cold War,” the academic stated excitedly, “at least we had an alternative we could fight for! Now, when the cuts come, we have nothing.” It’s strange how we fight against state cuts imposed by the Tories as if the time before it were a ‘Golden Age’. We look up at Atlee and the post-war period as if the times were filled with positivity and not with prudish sexist, racist and homophobic values. Our flags and banners in protests call for that time – our collective nostalgia distorting  our perception of any actual known history. The fact...

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Silenced hearing, or the echoes of lies

Posted by on 4 May 13 in Fiction, Personal | 0 comments

We speak to silences, you, maybe, and I. In dark corners – we Scream, so our voices, desiccated turned to dust, are picked up like ash. Can you hear the cry of the Dodo, as the last one dies? Or see that fenced Tasmanian Wolf, as it breathes out its last breath? We closet our ears, you, maybe, and I. Under our covers – we Dream, so our thoughts, hollowed left to decay, are crushed up like sand. You can see that Nothing is left now, in this desert of lies. You may only see the wind gust, where once there was life.

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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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David Cameron has blood on his hands

Posted by on 15 Mar 13 in Politics, Social Justice | 0 comments

David Cameron has blood on his hands

This is a repost of a piece written by Bethan Jones. Today I was found guilty in the Oxford Magistrates’ Court of causing “harassment, alarm and distress” following a peaceful and legal political protest in Witney in December. The judge said “I can think of nothing more alarming than the statement that ‘Cameron has blood on his hands.'” I will continue to say that Cameron has blood on his hands, whenever the opportunity presents itself. 30 people have died as a direct result of the government’s ‘welfare reforms’. Thousands have died after...

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