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Double yoke of oppression

Taken from modernghana.com

As the ‘Day of Solidarity’ commemorating the death of Martin Luther King Jr. came to a close earlier this week, I was reminded of one of his quotes;

“An injustice anywhere is an injustice everywhere.”

Lately there has been a considerable amount of attention towards the numerous struggles for freedom and justice throughout the Middle East and North Africa (yes Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia and Libya are indeed in Africa) and rightfully so. We are witnessing an era of seemingly unprecedented events involving the grassroots mobilization and asserting of their human and civil rights.

The events that have unfolded throughout Libya have gripped the world’s attention. We are all on the edge of our seats tuning in and praying for our brothers and sisters dying every day fighting for freedom under the oppressive regime of Ghadafi. Every day we tune in and sympathize with the suffering of rebels throughout Libya fighting for justice and self-determination. Anti-Ghadafi rebels have become heroes and freedom fighters, and in their struggle the world (NATO) has taken notice and come to their aid.

It’s equally amusing and disturbing which humanitarian efforts the West decides to intervene in on the behalf of human rights, to be clear: NATO intervention in Libya is about economics (oil), not protecting human rights. If it was about human rights violations we’d be addressing atrocities by both sides; rebels and Ghadafi. Continue reading

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Revolution For Dummies $19.99

Lately there has been a considerable amount of attention towards the numerous struggles for freedom and justice throughout the Middle East and North Africa (yes Egypt and Tunisia are indeed in North Africa) and rightfully so. We are witnessing an era of seemingly unprecedented events involving the grassroots mobilization and asserting of their human and civil rights.

Wrapped up in the plethora of media coverage, lies the debate concerning the role social media played in revolutionary protests and struggles for freedom. Casually glancing through CNN or any other major news outlet’s web page one would be hard pressed not to come across a number of articles and stories arguing how much credit, if at all, social media (primarily Facebook and Twitter) can be given to the success of anti-oppression forces, mainly the ousting of Mubarak.

The problem with many of these conversations is that so much focus is put on the power of social media (and the role Obama and U.S. should have played, but that is another blog). Far too often these conversations lost sight of the actual people. They fail to contextualize the depth of the struggles for freedom, justice, and equality and their spirit. W.E.B. Du Bois once said,

“There is in this world no such force as the force of a person determined to rise. The human soul cannot be permanently chained.”

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