Friday, September 23, 2011

Slavery: The Hidden Industry

By
Sean Ewart


27 million people are currently used as slaves across the globe. These people work in fields and factories, as prostitutes and soldiers, and, at an average price of $90 per person, have become a $32 billion industry. Slavery is alive and well in the 21st century. Second only to the drug trade, human slavery is the largest illegal industry today, with trafficking networks spanning from the darkest corners of the developing world to the streets of most major Western cities. What is truly shocking is how prevalent slavery is today, and how dependent we are upon it.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

I Recognize the State of Palestine


By
Sean Ewart










September 23rd, 2011, is the day that Palestine will submit a bid to the United Nations (UN) to become a member State. The Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), the organization which represents the people of Palestine, will bring the bid to the Security Council in hopes of being admitted as a member state, not just an observer. Already 126 nations have thrown their support behind Palestine in their attempt to gain the right of self determination – a fundamental human right according to the UN – and the PLO is expecting that number to rise. As the international community braces itself for a diplomatic firestorm come the 23rd, we should remind ourselves again why this bid is so important in the struggle for human rights and social justice.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Tea Party Hates America

By
Sean Ewart

Sometime between the 2008 presidential elections and the 2010 midterm elections a substantial section of the Right became radicalized. The Tea Party movement erupted on the national stage as an unprecedented, and underestimated, mass of bigoted Right-wing fundamentalists with an aim to bulldoze the American government. Their language is rooted in their zealous religiosity and misguided understanding of American history. And while they are not exactly mainstream – even now – their effect on American politics has been devastating. These are people who refuse to be reasoned with, who deal only in terms of absolutes and see compromise as weakness. The Tea Party, such as it is, hates America.