Posts Tagged "neocolonialism"

Depicting an African election: still barbaric but capable of civilising

Posted by on 4 Mar 13 in Non-fiction, Politics | 5 comments

Depicting an African election: still barbaric but capable of civilising

As 6 million Kenyans cast their votes today, newscast and media has been awry with fears of violence. Rather than focusing on the political concerns that the candidates represent, international news corporations have focussed on fears of violence/peace initiatives, illegitimacy of the candidates  or ethnic voting divides – all focusing on the failures of an African nation to abide by the laws of liberal democracy. The image constructed is the same – Africa as unstable, tribalist and incapable of being free of Western protection. Is it no wonder that when the Financial Times was...

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Is it all in Black & White?

Posted by on 1 Mar 13 in Politics, Social Justice | 1 comment

Is it all in Black & White?

It’s us against the world, the old rhetoric goes. Much of my experience in activist circles has been fighting old dualistic battles: rich versus poor; Keynes versus Hayek; and West versus the Other. We see our battles in black and white – left versus right – when the distinction is ambiguous and impossible to define. Everything is still a matter of structuralist dialectics. Old dry arguments that have been tried and tried again still voice themselves, despite the political climate having changed, and globalisation still rearing its ugly head. It’s almost surreal that...

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The Economy Game

Posted by on 13 Feb 13 in Politics | 0 comments

The Economy Game

In his study of Governmentality, in amongst many other points of analysis, Foucault points to the de-estabilishment of the economy from the family framework as the turning point to our current political condition. Sparked by the growth of Market theory, the rise of the social contract and the transformation for Authority to consider the population as actors over their own need to retain sovereignty, the age of the ‘political economy’ was born. It was the new paradigm shift that the West needed to retain (neo)imperial authority – the ideology through which all means scould...

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Neocolonialism: the blind spot of the West

Posted by on 6 Sep 11 in Politics | 9 comments

It’s been a few months since I read Samir Amin’s Ending the Crisis of Capitalism or Ending Capitalism? but one of the key chapters remains a thought through everything I think about these days “accumulation by dispossession.” Although David Harvey is the man who is credited with its conception, Samir Amin takes the concept further – looking at how colonisation was yet another means of dispossession and that globalised capitalism is its continued mask. To Western governments, wealth precedes human rights; what matters is to bribe a few corrupt leaders to keep...

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Biofuels, the UK’s false solution to Climate Change

Posted by on 4 May 11 in Environment, Social Justice | 0 comments

First published on the ActionAid Blog as part of their series on Biofuels When we were promised the “Greenest Government ever” by the coalition last year, we were desperately hoping that wouldn’t be through corporate greenwash. Given the Liberal Democrats’ strong stance on climate change previously,  it comes as quite a tragedy that the Coalition is deciding to increase its biofuels target to 10% of fuel  by 2020. The arguments from the coalition have largely centred around the EU’s REDD commitment of 10% renewable transport fuel by 2010, explaining that...

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