Monday, March 26, 2007

the struggle continues

yesterday, march 25th, marked the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the trans-atlantic slave trade. and while poignant speeches are being made in the UK by Blair, etc; while apologies are being offered by everyone from descendants of former slave owners to the mayor of London; while debates rage on concerning whether or not apologies are enough, whether or not reparations should be granted (and what form reparations should take); while questions are raised as to whether or not celebrations in the West are to centered on white abolitionists and not enough on slave rebellion...the fact remains that today, in 2007, over 12 million people are in slavery all over the world.200 years ago, in addition to the tireless efforts of abolitionists, and the rebellions mounted by slaves all over the Americas, a petition was submitted to the British parliament that contributed to the signing of the abolition act. today, the very least we can do is sign another, and remain aware of and engaged with the continuing struggle to put an end to all forms of enslavement.

Currently listening : Exodus

By Bob Marley & the Wailers


Wednesday, March 21, 2007

return of the chronicles

so after weeks and weeks of not being able to blog (hindered by the seldomly cooperative ethionet), i'm back! i think. who knows how long this spell of good fortune will last, really. sadly, despite this minor victory, it's much too late and i'm much too tired to write anything of substance. yeah, seriously. but i'ma be back soon to tackle such topics as "africa: whither our continent" "the return of leggings: why is it 1989 again?", and "amy winehouse: if she wasn't so drunk all the time, would she be this good?"

watch this space!

Currently listening : Back to Black

By Amy Winehouse