Ny protestlejr i det besatte Vestsahara

Mandag startede 30-40 arbejdsløse saharawier fra kolonien Vestsahara en protestlejr i ørkenen, for at protestere imod kolonimagten Marokkos jobmæssige diskrimination imod dem og udplyndringen af deres naturresurser.

En lignede protestlejr, den såkaldte Gdeim Izik-lejr i 2010, endte med at tiltrække op imod 15.000 saharawier, Vestsaharas oprindelige befolkning. Lejren blev ryddet med vold og magt af marokkanske tropper, og dannede grundlaget for retssager imod arrangørerne Read more of this post

Why can’t I vote?

Why can’t I – a British citizen living abroad – register to vote in the next UK general elections, and why must I thus be denied the right to help determine the future of my country, and how it acts internationally, at a time when my vote matters more than ever?

I was born a British citizen in 1972 and have remained one to this day, although I have lived outside the UK (where I grew up in Cambridgeshire) since 1980. I eat marmite on my toast, dream and swear in English, and hope England do well at every World Cup and Euro finals, even though they always end up underachieving.  Read more of this post

Sukker har en bitter eftersmag i Swaziland

En stor del af det lille enevældige kongedømme Swazilands indtjening kommer fra sukkerindustrien. Men mange af de fattige subsistensbønder i landets ”sukkerbælte” er blevet smidt væk fra deres jord, for at gøre plads til kongens storbrug.

I mange år har de fleste indbyggere i Swaziland været bange for at kritisere landets enevældige konge Mswati III offentligt. Dette kunne nemlig føre til alt fra tortur og fængselsstraf til at man fik frataget sin jord. Read more of this post

The consumerists have no future

One of a million bands emboldened by the laissez-faire possibilities of the internet and studio time, made possible by cheap home studio equipment, no-hopers ‘the consumerists’ are something of a contradiction.

With a name like “the consumerists” and lyrics such as “never fight, your world is wonderful, as long as you always give in,” from the ironic “Give In,” “middle-finger, closed doors” from “Waste Away”, or “endless lies, bitter truths, you are the product” from “The Product,” the band is trying to reach and inform a generation brought up on X-Factor, Facebook and shopping-mall consumerism. Read more of this post