Life at the Lodge: 10) Time

Owing to some ill-health for both of our guests, all activities were cancelled giving some of the staff a more laid-back working day. But with an enthusiasm they later came to regret, our two resident voluntourists (Steve and Farinoz) headed up to our outstation, Makeidon, with Manny to help on the project to build a new coral.

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Life at the Lodge: 3) History

A week of no guests provided me with ample time to browse the various bookshelves around the Lodge and uncover the dated, and often torn, contents that had been quietly resting on the hardwood, busy collecting dust and bat droppings.

From flicking through the available publications, I was reminded of the rich history that both the Lodge and the region hold.

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John Rees Continues to Massage The Stop the War Coalition Self-Destruct Button

John Rees is in danger of dragging Stop the War Coalition’s reputation further into disrepute. It is a troubling time for the anti-war organisation, and rather than dousing the flames, Rees is adding further fuel to the fire.

Initially, I had no intention of doing another piece criticising Stop the War Coalition. It is not my aim to smear them or to further embroil Jeremy Corbyn into what is rapidly becoming an incredibly bad public relations chapter for the organisation. For what it is worth, I am a fan of Corbyn, and voted for him in the Labour leadership election, despite having concerns about his views on certain foreign policy issues.

Until a few weeks ago, Rees and I were connected on Facebook and regularly debated, discussed, and disagreed on posts made online. We did not see eye to eye and it was for that reason, rather than continuing the endless back-and-forth, that ties were severed. I thought this would be in the interest of both parties as his posts wouldn’t infuriate me, and my comments wouldn’t be seen as trolling him.

However, following the Don’t Bomb Syria march that was held in London on the 12th December, Rees has made public some truly outrageous claims and remarks, and I cannot allow his statements to go unchallenged. The disingenuous comments made by certain StWC members are bringing the organisation into further disrepute and alienating the very people (Syrians and the wider Muslim community) who should be the most active in the anti-war movement.

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Class Issues in Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth

Frantz Fanon, in his classic account of colonialism and violence, The Wretched of the Earth, went to great length and detail explaining the elements needed to overthrow a colonial oppressor.

Most obvious in his writing is his acceptance for, and at times the encouragement of, violence. This violence is to be directed at those foreigners who subdue and suppress the native national people.

Throughout the book Fanon speaks of the need to remove the foreign presence in the land in order for the country to gain its independence and its own character.

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Capitalist Colonialism: The Exploitation of Tanzania

Whilst many claim that the days of colonialism are over, we should not be so naive, or arrogant, to believe that this is true. Though the nations of Africa have gained their independence from their colonial overlords, a more sinister form of colonialism still exists upon the continent.

Around 10 months ago, whilst searching for employment and a positive way to spend my time, I applied for International Citizen Service, a wonderful opportunity to go abroad and aid poverty alleviation in some of the poorest countries in the world. I attended an interview in London, and was lucky enough to get accepted for a place with Raleigh International on a ten week project in Tanzania. I could not wait to take part, and began to research the project and the area where I was going to be visiting.

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