Posts Tagged "youth"

Stepping down as London Young Greens co-chair

Posted by on 10 Apr 13 in Personal | 0 comments

Stepping down as London Young Greens co-chair

I made a decision to resign from my position as London Young Greens co-chair today. Perhaps it was reactionary, but it was a long time coming. I see myself to blame on many parts – my mental health meant that I missed many meetings at the beginning of this year, but things had gotten better. But after just about 9 months of running in this position, I wonder how much of my absence was due to mental health and how much was to do with the fact that I could not see a feasible future within that group. Over and over again I hear of excellent actions and stunts pulled by other Young...

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Riots Shock Doctrine: a right to freedom of expression

Posted by on 13 Aug 11 in Politics, Social Justice | 0 comments

“Tory MP: Plain disgusting these riots, aren’t they? Youths ganging up… It’s immoral and raucous black thu- David Cameron: Blackberrys, you mean? I agree. Social networks have brought a plague on us. A sickness in the heart of our society!” When David Lammy tweeted about the disgrace of Blackberry in promoting these riots, it was clear that politicians were clutching at strings to retain a sense of integrity. So when David Cameron carried it into the emergency Parliamentary session yesterday, it was clear that the Shock Doctrine was showing us its arrogant face...

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London Riots: the fuel is not the ignition

Posted by on 10 Aug 11 in Politics, Social Justice | 0 comments

Growing up in Nairobi, this isn’t the first time I’ve seen violence, or a riot. Burning cars, smashed windows, looting – I’ve seen it all before. But no riot comes out of nowhere. Violence isn’t an innate aspect that affects us randomly – it is sparked. And that spark starts a fire. But no fire runs without fuel, and unlike some politicians have tried to use, the fuel is not that which spreads it. Across the UK, there has been violence, looting, burning cars, etc. They have involved hundreds of youths of all colour, predominantly men. The looting is no...

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A.C. Grayling is trying to invent time-travel

Posted by on 5 Jun 11 in Politics | 2 comments

Civilisation: A class of wealthy, all-white males, studying the traditional arts of law, history, economics, literature and philosophy. A well-rounded pupil, ready to enter the highly attuned games of politics and living-off-the-inheritance. Some compassion, of course – stirring in an approximate 30% of students who may be seen as the ‘other’ (poor, non-white, women, etc). Or at least that’s what Grayling imagines of civilisation, as part of his and 13 other colleagues’ vision to build a New College of Humanities, charging £18,000 a year, and established as a...

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