On Selective Solidarity

Unlike compassionate conservatism, selective solidarity does exactly what it says on the tin.

It is a phenomenon that cuts across gender, race, and political affiliation. Born from the desire to stand alongside comrades, it is blunted by the hypocrisy inherent in its (il)logic.

Across campaigns and across the world it can be seen to rear its ugly head, but little is done to confront or change it.

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Walls Continue to Divide: East Berlin to the West Bank

In November of 2014 the world celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Across Europe and around the world celebrations occurred and tributes were given to the brave and passionate citizens who united to bring the wall down.

The Berlin Wall was representative of everything that the world was fighting against at that time; oppression, division, and conflict. For many it was the physical manifestation of the Cold War between the USA and the Soviet Union. A separation of worlds that drove friends and families apart and kept them divided for decades.

The tumbling of the Wall represented the dawn of a new era, or as Francis Fukuyuma prophecised, “the end of history”. It was hailed as the final, and permanent nail in the coffin of Communism. Neo-Liberal Democracy fuelled by its economic model of capitalism had triumphed as the reigning sole ideology in the world.

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A Spark That Ignites The Flame

It is easy to criticise a government. Apologists and supporters defend it by claiming that they are doing the best they can, and they point to small token victories as evidence of progress. “Look at what this government has done for you”, they say, but my response is always: “Is that it?” The ease of criticism is supported by the necessity with which it needs to be made. Without speaking out against your government, you are giving silent approval to the actions they conduct.

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The BBC: Israel’s Guard Dog in Gaza

This piece began life as an article on the topic of Gaza, but after staring at my screen for 20 minutes, my face as blank as the Microsoft Word document in front of me, it evolved into something else.

Trawling through the internet, reading article after article about the missile strikes on UN buildings, the deliberate targeting of children playing football on the beach, and the deaths of 25 members of the same family, it has left me feeling both numb and redundant.

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Immortal Technique At Concorde 2

Two years had passed since Immortal Technique had graced the shores of the UK. The last time he was on the South Coast, in Brighton, I was living in Ankara, Turkey. I remember contemplating a flight back just to catch this gig because the man known as “Tech” very rarely played shows outside of the US. It could have been my only chance to see the Peruvian-born Harlem-based rapper. Luckily his State Terrorism tour chose Brighton as a destination this year, and I speak for everyone when I say, we are glad he did.

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