#BlackLivesMatter: The Twenty-First Century’s Civil Rights Movement?

By Simeon Nkola Matamba (Twitter:@Simeon_5)

Protests that recently engulfed Ferguson before spreading across America have once again brought racism to light. They are an eloquent reminder of persistent social imbalances in the “Land of The Free” purportedly rid of race discrimination.

Echoes of the six bullets fired by white policeman Darren Wilson to seal the destiny of a black boy, Michael Brown, still resound in Ferguson and beyond. As a further matter, unrest fueled by Wilson’s non-indictment for the murder of Brown increased the likelihood of seeing American society propelled to the brink of a dangerous precipice. Continue reading

The Mother Of All Corporate Power Grabs – The Trans-Pacific Partnership

At a secret meeting in the US this week representatives from governments in the Asia-Pacific region will be seeking to finalize the details of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP threatens to be the mother of all trade deals encompassing, if it comes to fruition, more than 40 percent of the world’s GDP. Led by the United States, it is being negotiated in secret by the 1 Percent and threatens to encroach on the rights and quality of life of the 99 Percent by ways and means unprecedented. Continue reading

What Went Wrong With Egypt’s Revolution: Four Years On From Tahrir Square

Today is the fourth anniversary of the 25 January 2011 Egyptian uprising that in 18 days brought down a dictator (former Air Force General Hosni Mubarak), shook the world, and gave hope to millions in Egypt and elsewhere. It seemed a new day was dawning in the Middle East, so long dominated by dictators in the pockets of outside powers. What’s more, it seemed a wave of democratization might occur with startling speed and a relative peacefulness compared to historical transitions of similar magnitude. Continue reading

The Murder Of A Man I Knew And The Guardian’s Quest Against Ecuador

ImportantCool‘s Important Editor, Christian Tym, talks about the murder of José Tendetza, a man he lived with and knew, and how this indigenous leader’s death has been exploited by The Guardian in their campaign against one of Latin America’s most dynamic and defiant leftist governments.

Recently I came across a report in The Guardian about the murder of José Tendetza, a Shuar indigenous leader, in a remote region of the Ecuadorian Amazon near the Peruvian border. The Guardian gave the impression that Ecuador’s left-wing government had turned murderous in an obsession with exploiting mineral wealth; the death of the indigenous leader was all but explicitly blamed on President Rafael Correa. Continue reading