Posts filed under ‘Human Rights’

Olympic Protests 101

I thought seeing as everyone is getting into the Olympic Protest Spirit, I might do a quick history post. You’d almost think that Sochi was especially protested as Olympiad’s go. So here’s a run down of recent (and not so recent) Olympic Protests.

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Sunday, 9th February 2014 at 12:25 UTC Leave a comment

Russia will be Russia

We’ve heard a lot recently about Russia’s anti-gay laws, and whilst they are to be condemned, I think a lot of the discussion around the them in the media and in Western activist circles, is missing out on some key points. I want to put the case that what Russia is doing is about more than just repressive internal politics.

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Monday, 21st October 2013 at 17:24 UTC 1 comment

Normalising Extremism

Human beings have always tended towards definitions relative to themselves. We feel most at ease with that which is somehow intrinsically the same as ourselves, and when we go searching for something new, it is always in terms of otherness – foreign holidays, alien planets, ethnic cooking, as though our own cooking is not tied to our ethnicity.

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Tuesday, 4th September 2012 at 22:21 UTC 2 comments

Some People are Bisexual, get over it!

Since the RadFem furore, a whole new wave of anti-woman feminism has rolled in, supplied by Julie Bindel. Ironically, I deleted her name from my last blog post before publishing. The paragraph that starts “Dear RadFems” entirely applies to her. Julie’s latest work has elicited some excellent ripostes, but I want to add something from the perspective of an outside observer on this sorry mess.

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Monday, 18th June 2012 at 7:00 UTC Leave a comment

#RadFem2012: Exposure doesn’t make the media your friends

Its possible that far too much has already been said on the issue of the RadFem conference to possibly contribute anything more. Too many things have been taken and twisted beyond recognition and too few have said anything that really adds to what is becoming a very entrenched shouting match (though here lies a brilliant exception). But I think the analysis of this situation has lacked one critical perspective: the role of the media. (more…)

Monday, 4th June 2012 at 13:52 UTC 3 comments

Olympic Weapons of Mass Distraction

There’s been a lot of general anger on twitter and facebook over the last 48hours concerning the positioning of missiles on residential buildings for use during the Olympics. Its a terrifying thought in some ways, but its also kind of irrelevant to civil liberties, and a very big distraction from the more worrying, and lasting, changes brought on by the games.

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Sunday, 29th April 2012 at 18:41 UTC 1 comment

Too young to know?

Last Saturday I was out protesting against the Government’s Workfare program. It was, all in all, a good protest, though I have plenty of thoughts on strategy for the campaign in future. One incident stuck out to me – a scene of about five seconds that massively wound me up, in which a mother demanded I not give her daughter a flier. I responded as best I could, but her final words on the matter were “can’t you see she’s only 14?”.

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Wednesday, 7th March 2012 at 19:29 UTC Leave a comment

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