Archive for July, 2009

Israel demands Hebrew names instead of Arabic

There is one aspect to the middle east conflict which could easily be forgotten because it doesn’t involve weapons, that of cultural subjugation. Recently, Israel has been working on two specific areas of this; the first being the erasing of the “Nakba”, the Palestinian “day of distress”, from deletion from textbooks to attempts at banning commemorations outright. The second of these is the alteration of road signs so that Arabic, and equally Historic, names are deleted.

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Friday, 31st July 2009 at 16:45 UTC Leave a comment

UK establishment unashamed to admit brutality?

I’ve been having a slow realisation over a period of some months that the UK government seems to be quite happy to receive small amounts of condemnation for policing tactics, if it makes the risk of injury and inconvenience in taking part more widely known about. It seems the police in particular are hoping that events like the G20 will just serve as a lesson, as people who feel outraged also consider their own interests in getting involved.

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Thursday, 30th July 2009 at 8:00 UTC 1 comment

Corby: Protecting the Majority from the Minority?

Its a while since I last saw a news story unfold that clearly highlighted the difference between a majoritarian and minoritarian view point and their affects on two groups of people who are clearly equal in their claim to citizenship. But today saw the Chief Executive of Corby Council telling the media that they are acting to protect the majority from a council tax rise by not simply settling with the small number of people who’s lives they are claimed to have ruined.

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Wednesday, 29th July 2009 at 12:09 UTC Leave a comment

When Ethical Labelling Fails

When it came in to effect, the Kimberley Process was hailed as a triumph in the struggle to stop Africa’s mineral, and specifically diamond, wealth on internal conflict and human rights abuses. Overseen by the UN, it is possibly one of the most monumental and well established “Ethical Consumerism” labelling schemes that there is. Sadly, as the BBC recently reported, all is not going well for Kimberley Certification.

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Tuesday, 28th July 2009 at 11:52 UTC 1 comment

On Space Exploration

This month has seen the 40th anniversary of the first human visit to the moon, and so discussions of Space Travel have been in the news. The one which caught my eye was the announcement of a 12-week consultation on giving the UK its own Space Agency, much like NASA. Space is an area of fascination, but beyond specific scientific benefits, is investment in space travel really a great thing.

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Monday, 27th July 2009 at 14:01 UTC 4 comments

Climate Change and Academic Collaboration

It might seem perverse, given the extent to which Academic Collaboration has proven itself vital in the discovery and confirmation of climate change existence, current effects and likely future outcomes, but the imperative of Academic Collaboration is probably one of the biggest root causes of Climate Change within the Academic World.

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Friday, 24th July 2009 at 8:00 UTC 2 comments

Keeping up with the BNP

Now is potentially the most dangerous time in the battle to keep the BNP out of Parliament, and from expanding their presence on town and county councils. After Griffin’s arrival speech in Brussels, demanding that immigrants’ boats be sunk whilst at sea, its very tempting to just accept the BNP’s victory as a done deal. However, the BNP haven’t yet won at Westminster, and they’re hardly likely to be resting anytime before May 2010’s General Election.

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Thursday, 23rd July 2009 at 8:00 UTC 35 comments

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