Privilege. A wonderful thing for those in ignorance of having it, and darn awful and demeaning notion for those who do not. I have spent the past month in Calais, volunteering with the Refugee Community Kitchen (RCK) and witnessed the brave, tireless, relentless and inspiring operations. When faced with humans, many of whom voiced to me … Continue reading Privilege. Acknowledge it, and resist it.
We have more in common than what divides us, I truly believe that. But today we are seeing that the political tactic of ‘divide and conquer’ is succeeding in breaking apart the threads of a compassionate civil society. We have allowed the likes of the European Union, a body which symbolises unity, to be … Continue reading I am because we are: the importance of being human
Extraction of natural resources, some would say, has replaced the colonisation of vulnerable and 'undeveloped' countries by Britain and France in the 1800s. Jacques Diouf, head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, has warned that the world may be slipping into a "neo-colonial" system. 'Resource theft', as environmental campaigners have coined it, involves the land … Continue reading Who owns nature; a new wave of colonialism
Developed. This word is used so interchangeably these days does anyone actually stopped to question its implications. Maybe a 'developed country' is one with educated populations? Admittedly Britain has a good education system. However, the image of children being cultivated into little university-ready figurines by the age of 19 is tarnished when you suddenly remember that the … Continue reading Should we call ourselves ‘developed’?