Global Justice Now

Interesting website and community that has worthwhile campaigns worth looking at. I like their call to Activism which goes like this:

‘Global Justice Now is made up of a network of activists and local groups full of people like you who take action in their communities to challenge corporate power and the policies that cause poverty and inequality all over the world.

Whether it’s stopping water privatisation or unfair trade deals, campaigning by our local groups has been central to making sure the interests of ordinary people aren’t trampled by those of corporations.

Global Justice Now groups do creative street campaigning, lobby politicians, get media coverage and organise local events such as film screenings and talks.’

For the avoidance of doubt :

  • There are policies which some governments adopt which cause Poverty and Inequality. Having been born in a third world country, and having moved to Britain, and seen how deprived and disadvantaged people are treated here, having analysed and compared and contrasted… having observed and learned ‘how the world works’ I know this is true.
  • Similarly there are policies that worsen poverty and make escaping the debt trap much harder.
  • There are corporations out there trampling on poor people, and whose chief motive is the generation of as much profit as possible above all else. These are the kind of companies which are happy to have ‘tax arrangements’ in tax heavens hiding hundreds of billions, while the public purse suffers; with the result that poor people, including single parents, the disabled, old people, the unemployed and other disadvantaged groups are subjected to an austerity onslaught that worsens their situations even further. In a week where Britain’s Labour leader has been unfairly criticised by tax-avoiding business moguls, let me get this one point absolutely clear. Most Activists are not in favour of communism, or anarchy or an end to free market capitalism. Thats not what they want. The main contention of most activists is that the current system is not working for the majority, simply because it’s increasing inequality, and has given a license for certain sectors (banking, corporations) to abuse the public trust. With the government acting like a trafficker in the middle, facilitating the abuse. Thus, in my own case, I’d favour RESPONSIBLE CAPITALISM that has humane socialist elements in it. Elements that allow businesses to make money, but that sufficiently protect disadvantaged and poor; that protects the voiceless, and helps them become resourceful. Not the current system which attacks, demonises and victimises innocent people, and which ironically, works so hard to keep them in poverty. In other words why don’t we have a ‘do unto others as you’d like to be done unto’ system.
  • There are certain corporations who in concert with selfish, corrupt and greedy politicians create a toxic combination that leads to death, violence, crime, poverty and much suffering. Again, if in doubt ask any better-informed African.

Global Justice Now must be supported and commended for the hugely important work they are doing.


News: Reading between the lines

I’ll admit that I don’t like reading free newspapers. Not that the content in them is necessarily always bad, or of little substance. No. Instead, it seems as you grow older and as your responsibilities ‘multiply’, the hours of each day become shorter and shorter, such that a glance over the headlines, maybe past a page or two is usually sufficient. At least that’s what you tend to convince yourself…

The only time I’m able to read much of a newspaper is on a Sunday, when having a bath, or during transit (especially on the train). Otherwise, it’s when something truly spectacular occurs on the international scene, necessitating spending of loose change on a decent publication such as the Guardian.

However, occasionally something free and interesting comes through the letterbox, which, although minimal, solicits more than the usual hurried glance, putting other more urgent matters one has to attend to on hold. When this happens, and the resulting content turns out to be worth the time, I find myself struggling not to spread the word, especially if the content happens to be something that I have been thinking about, or a topic I recently wrote on.


Blck-employmentvia the Nubian Times

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Thinking ? Proletariat


Idleness leads to intellectual and physical flabbiness, the desire to provide and entertain oneself with artificial interests, the need for extreme sensations, exaggerated excitability of the imagination, perversion resulting from idleness, feeble desires to order other people about, small and big clashes in family life and society, endless dimensions between equals, between inferiors and superiors, in short, swarms of grief and sufferings that people cause one another without the slightest need and which can be explained only by the expressive saying:


Poverty leads to material, intellectual, moral and all kinds of sufferings: hunger, cold, ignorance from which one wishes to free oneself, forced corruption which revolts nature in even the most callous creatures, wretched drunkenness whose victim himself is ashamed, and all the motley crimes that the criminal cannot help committing. In the middle of the ladder the products of poverty meet the products of idleness; here there is less barbarity than at the bottom and less flabbiness than at the top, but more filth than anywhere; here one must scrimp and scrape because one would like to play the gentleman; one must be stingy with the cook or porter because one wants to have a good time; the children must be kept in a cold nursery because the drawing room has to be well furnished; one has to eat rotten meat to be able to afford fine clothing.

All up and down the ladder reign hate for work and the external antagonism of private interests. It is not surprising that in such circumstances work produces little, that love for one’s neighbour is to be found only in edifying books.

Little souls spend themselves in little gossips of social chaos. Wisdom and fraud appear synonymous. The term honest man means with us a simpleton, almost a dunce. Social demoralisation is also great that the conceptions of honour and justice are regarded either as characteristics of weak souls or symptoms of overenthusiastic romanticism. Our education is hypocrisy. We study without love for learning, without a sense of dignity, without feeling the need for truth. Indeed, why should we care to acquire knowledge in schools, when our life and our public are warring against all great ideas and truths, and any attempt to realise some idea of justice, of the good and of the public welfare is branded and prosecuted as a crime. What is the use of developing noble aspirations if, sooner or later, one has to join the bandwagon in order to avoid becoming a victim.

[I’m not sure who wrote this essay – it was with a batch of old documents I remember finding in my house when I was much younger. If evidence of the writer or copyright holder is presented, I’m more than happy to make the attribution]