Category: Social Issues & Culture

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...

How to Make a Murderer

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Like millions of others, I have spent a good chunk of time since the turn of the year gripped by Netflix’s devourable documentary series Making a Murderer. This is one of those rare television shows that has transcended both its format and its genre to become the source of many water-cooler moments, heated debates and insane theories.  Read more...

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...

UK set to be the only G7 country to increase subsidies to fossil fuels - oh dear!

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What a surprise - the Tory government lied about their intentions concerning climate change. After David Cameron hugged huskies, pledging to run the ‘greenest government ever’, and George Osborne told climate campaigners “If I become chancellor, the treasury will become a green ally, not a foe” [1] it seems they have stopped caring again and started going about their usual conservative business. Read more...