Category: Politics & Economics

Honduran Activism and the Lead Veil of Secrecy

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In an environment where everyone knows but no one speaks, volume is a measure of courage.

 

Berta Cáceres had a loud voice, and even louder actions.

 

The all too familiar arc of prominent activists in Central America sadly mirrors that of Icarus; too much ambition, or worse, success, in making your society a better one will likely result in the proverbial sun cutting short your journey. Read more...

Closed primaries, early voting, and the media: does Sanders deserve the Democratic nomination?

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Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are locked in a tighter-than-expected battle to gain the Democratic nomination for President. Nevertheless, while Sanders holds the momentum with seven wins in the last eight contests including a 13 point victory in Wisconsin yesterday, Clinton is still 249 pledged delegates ahead in the race to reach a majority, and Sanders will have to produce one of the biggest comebacks in political history to gain the nomination at the Democratic National Convention in July. Read more...

A Better Deal for David Cameron

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The news broke recently that the EU was close to making David Cameron an offer regarding his demands for a reformed EU. Cameron has always worn his attitudes towards Europe on his sleeve, last week in a speech to the world economic forum he referred to Britain’s relationship with the EU as being “bound up in the European continent, of which we are an important part.” At times it seems like those who use language of British patriotism can’t talk about the EU without reminding ourselves of our own importance. Read more...

Puerto Rico and American imperialism

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“Welcome to America!” Ben from San Francisco (who I had just met in a hostel) says to me on my first day in Puerto Rico, “I mean, not that I live here or anything”. As friendly and well intentioned Ben’s greeting was it was clear that, despite not sharing a language or culture with the local population, he felt sufficiently entitled enough to welcome me to a country that he had only just arrived in.

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Thoughts on COP21’s exclusive guestlist

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I was very impressed by the COP21 ads in the Parisian metro last week. In big bold white letters the placards proclaimed:

THE PLANET IS IN OUR HANDS

WE CANNOT TELL OUR CHILDREN THAT WE DIDN’T KNOW

WELCOME TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE COME TO DEFEND OUR PLANET

Since wrapping up the climate talks last weekend, the COP21 agreements have been hailed a historical success by politicians from around the globe. Read more...