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I'm Not Your Inspiration, Thank You Very Much

Picture credit: TED Video Stella Young is a comedian and journalist who happens to go about her day in a wheelchair - a fact that doesn't, she'd like to emphasize, automatically turn her into a noble inspiration to all humanity. In this funny talk, Young breaks down society's habit of turning disabled people into "inspiration porn”. She highlights the fact that it is not fair to objectify and exceptionalise disabled people simply for doing the mundane things that non-disabled people do. Referring to the...

Brazilian Military Deployed as Civil Unrest Intensifies in Run up to World Cup

Picture credit: Interaksyon Video More than 200,000 troops have been deployed in Brazil, ostensibly to protect tourists during the 2014 FIFA Soccer World Cup. However, this media report argues that the military has been deployed to sanitize Brazil’s streets of its homeless and suppress protests. Many Brazilians are dismayed by the diversion of public funds towards the erection of new soccer stadiums while other domestic priorities are being neglected. As the World Cup looms, metro workers are on strike in Sao Paulo...

Comedian John Oliver on Net Neutrality

Picture credit: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Video Comedian John Oliver now has his own comedy show on the HBO channel. This week Oliver tackled the issue of “net neutrality”, as encroaching corporate (and government) control over the internet threatens to reduce internet freedom. Oliver takes this grave issue – he calls it “boring” – and turns it into a hilarious sketch that educates the public about a threat we ignore at our peril. Net neutrality refers to all data being treated equally on the internet,...

Glenn Greenwald: Edward Snowden Will Never Be Safe in the U.S.

Picture credit: Popular Resistance Video June 5th marks the one-year anniversary of Edward Snowden's revelations about the U.S. National Security Agency’s egregious overstepping of its bounds into ordinary people's private communications. Journalist Glenn Greenwald who broke the story recently said that the U.S. government is making an example of Snowden and Chelsea Manning to scare future whistleblowers. He argues that the U.S. government is "furious" about Snowden being protected because he’s created a...

Greenpeace Erects Fracking Site at British PM David Cameron's Estate

Picture credit: GreenPeace Video As British Prime Minister David Cameron prepared for the announcement of a controversial new fracking law in the UK, Greenpeace activists gave the leader a taste of his own policy early Wednesday when they set up a mock fracking operation at his country estate. "David Cameron wants to rob people of their right to stop fracking firms drilling under their homes – surely he won’t mind if we kick off the under-house fracking revolution below his own garden."...

The Daily Struggle for Survival and Dignity on the Platinum Belt

Picture credit: Screenshot: Media for Justice Video Media for Justice followed humanitarian organisation Gift of the Givers (GOTG) to the platinum belt in Marikana where GOTG distributed food parcels to 10,000 people. The mineworkers strike in Marikana has just entered its 5th month with workers holding out for a monthly salary of R12,500. Without an income, the workers and their families are experiencing severe shortages of food, hunger and health complications. Their plight has become a humanitarian crisis that has touched the hearts of...