As Qatar experiences a construction boom and looks forward to hosting the 2022 World Cup, migrant workers from India, Pakistan and across South east Asia and Africa are working in the shadows and behind the scenes building the gleaming skyscrapers across the Persian Gulf in Qatar, Bahrain, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Kuwait. Despite their hours of labour, the migrants are often given open ended contracts, cheated by companies that originally hired them, denied access to lawyers and legal protection within the countries they work or loose their papers and means of identity. Video below is compliaments of Al Jazeera.
Monday, 11 June 2012
Two articles take a look at how selling Democracy to the poor citizens living with corrupt governments may not be a God's send but a joke and even a mistake without the need to critique what Democracy is and how it relates to the country it is expected to grow in. The second article focuses on the corruption that breeds violence among citizens with South Sudan as a warning to Liberia's future petroleum prospects. The first article comes from the Liberian newspaper: New Democrat and the second form Liberian Observer. Enjoy
Liberia: Selling Democracy As an Endangered Demon to the Poor
A Dreaded Lesson for Liberia
Monday, 4 June 2012
|News From the Motherland: West Africa and the North 4 June 2012Now with clickable articles :)|
This is the first of the new news series News From the Motherland
|The green dotted lines shows how far Tuareg peoples live across the Sahara. French colonialists attempted to create a homeland for the Tuareg prior to the first Tuareg Rebellion in 1963 again the Malian Govt but the French knew such an attempt would be unrealistic and unstable.|
Effects of Colonialism on Africa's past and present
Myth of War and Religion
Northern Mali: An Islamic State?
Clashes erupt at at Tripoli Airport in Libya
Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou: "It was Not Necessary TO Kill Gaddafi"
Is France the Curse of Africa?
I love poetry but I can't write it. ITs one of the hardest forms of writing. Enjoy the above video/lyrics. Its the Prince of Poet by Iraqi-Candian Journalist/Hip Hop Artist the Narcycist. One of the commentators for the original song gave me the challenge of creating my own video with the lyrics of the song. As a result, the video became a tribute if you can call it that to the revolutions in North Africa and Middle East enjoy.
Saturday, 2 June 2012
Three stories from three different regions of the world on the stress and tensions facing everyday people. After relistening to an interview with Laura Nader on Orientalism and Edward Said's legacy towards post colonial studies, it reminded me of the media's role in painting or writing the world. Said continuously reminded the world that the Palestinians still have not received justice despite most peoples being well aware of the long lasting Palestinian-Israeli conflict. A combination of news stories on Houla Massacre in Syria, the continual instability in Libya brought on by armed rebels who refuse to lower the guns and the Travyon Martin Case led me to comply the three stories below. Enjoy the read.
Multiculturalism and anti Islamic movements in Europe
Media's Portrayal of Black Youth contributes to Racial tensions
Blaming the Victim