In a flash fiction I wrote in 2013 entitled The bacon at the end I echoed a recurrent dream from my youth in which I was condemned to choose between eating poisoned bacon and waiting for the world to end in five minutes due to a nuclear strike. I never could choose.… (Read more...)
Activists are calling for a one-day boycott of Apple and Amazon on March 1st because they host an app streaming material for the American National R*fle Association.
In many European countries advertising cigarettes is banned because encouraging behaviour that damages health is considered socially and legally unacceptable. So it makes sense that Europeans would support action that seeks to put a break on the promotion of gun ownership and individual accumulation of guns by an organisation like the NRA even if that plays out in a third country.… (Read more...)
Don’t talk about guns after a massacre….
At the latest count, 59 people were shot dead by a solitary gunman holed up in a hotel room overlooking a concert with an arsenal at his disposal. The massacre took place in Las Vagas, in Nevada state, which has amongst the laxest gun control laws in the US.… (Read more...)
Trump is guilty of crimes against humanity. Enough is enough. Let’s call a spade a spade.
As record-breaking Hurricane Irma devastates islands in the Caribbean and heads towards Florida, as Houston reels under the impact of Hurricane Harvey, as forest fires rage through the drought-stricken west coast of the US, not to mention massive flooding around the world, Trump stands up in front of oil workers in a North Dakota refinery and boasts about quitting the Paris climate deal and giving the go-ahead for several major oil pipelines.… (Read more...)
Climate breakdown, not climate change. The words we use to discuss an issue like the impact of climate on the world have an important effect on the way we communicate and the way we understand what is happening. George Monbiot underlines this fact in an article entitled Natural Language saying: If we want people to engage with the living world, we should stop using such constipated terms to describe our relationship to it.… (Read more...)
(…) every time we act as if an unprecedented weather event is hitting us out of the blue, as some sort of Act of God that no one foresaw, reporters are making a highly political decision. Itâ€™s a decision to spare feelings and avoid controversy at the expense of telling the truth, however difficult.… (Read more...)
Women are not objects. Yet news from around the world underlines how many men act as if they were, while key figures, like Trump, set a disastrous example.
Today it was announced that a ten-year-old Indian girl, victim of repeated rape by her step father, has given birth after having been refused the right to abortion by the Indian Supreme Court.… (Read more...)
Enough of the clown. That attention is so focused on him is not surprising. He knows how to hold media attention with his outrageous and shocking behaviour. People are understandably up in arms against his words and acts. Not only is he a staunch neo-liberalist out to rape the world and most of its people for the betterment of a select few, but recent events have reminded everyone that he is and always has been a racist.… (Read more...)