May 2008

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Emma Thompson Interview

Loic.tv - Emma Thompson is one smart lady. An actor and activist of note, Loiclemeur caught up with her at the World Economic Forum in January 2008 -- conducting an interview with her, which streamed live onto an interactive platform on the Internet via his cell phone. In this interview, Ms. Thompson comments on the potential of the Internet to mobilize people, her activism against sex trafficking, as well as, the disjunct of the financial markets from people in Southern Africa. She argues that...

The Global Food Crisis: Some Suggestions for Correcting the Global Imbalance in Food Security.

Picture: Current.com Glenn Ashton - Global food prices are rising at unprecedented levels and speed, sparking food riots and unrest. Some commentators suggest that this crisis could trigger social rebellion or even war. This is a direct result of the increasing industrialisation of our food production and processing. Food production has, for the first time in human history, fallen almost entirely into the hands of private interests whose priorities are aligned solely with profitability and which have nothing to do with...

South Africa's Housing Crisis

This Al Jazeera report examines the housing crisis in South Africa. Haru Mutasa visits the shack settlement, Sun City, located in the Eastern Cape.

Banked into Submission (The Globalizationist's Guide to Developing Poverty)

Pinky Show - The socially conscious cats from the Pinky Show have developed a simple but accurate account of the World Bank and IMF's (International Monetary Fund's) role in globalising our world and particularly its economy. The cartoon is highly recommended for its clarity in demystifying the role of the developing world's super bankers, who far from alleviating poverty, actually aggravate it.

Opening Editorial: A Decade of Denial

Picture: Ismail Farouk Fazila Farouk - The anniversary of South Africa’s decade of democracy signalled a turning point in the way many South Africans view this country. Since then we’ve been treated to a gaggle of critiques measuring the gains of our democracy. The overall conclusion has been that it was a decade of poor gains. A decade of missed opportunities. A decade marked by a paucity of ideas about how to achieve real transformation, and most alarming of all, a decade of denial. Extreme denial...

Where is Social Justice?

Amy Stevenson's video examines the reality of the state of equity in the world. She highlights important themes such as inequality, racism, homophobia and gender equity. she argues that if you want peace, then you should work for justice. For those of us who come from privilege, she suggests we teach our children how to share this privilege.