Interview with Ego Lemos 3/7/12

In July I went to East Timor as an international observer for the parliamentary election which took place on the 7th of July, 2012. I was located south west, very close to the border with West Timor (Indonesia) in the Suai, Covalima district. As soon as I landed in Dili I was surprised by the lack of high rising buildings and by the possibility to look around and be able to see the beautiful hills surrounding the capital. It is quite a strange feeling to leave behind the pompousness of western civilization for a more humble existence where everything superfluous is pretty much absent, at least for now.

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Video-The Forgotten People    “They are branded as one of the most persecuted communities in the world by the UN, yet nobody knows their name. They are the forgotten people. In recent weeks, the escalating violence has displaced more than 90,000 Rohingya people. Villages are being burnt, people are being abducted, concentration camps are being created, women are being raped and children mercilessly killed.”

The genocide of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar or Burma has called on very little attention from the international community. The UN Security Council has laid down a veil to cover the indiscriminate killings and deportation of thousands of Rohingya Muslims. The Rakhine Buddhists do not in fact recognize the Rohingya people as citizens with rights within their own territory, and in the violence against a minority/ the ‘other,’ they found a way to reassert their own identity. The Rohingya people are trying to reach the internatioanl community to make their story known and warrant about widespread condemnation of Burma disruptive and terroristic approaches to diversity and citizenship entitlements. Read the rest of this entry »

La Trobe Thinking Aloud: Tolerance as the weapon of the strong.

What happened yesterday will forever remain in the collective memory of La Trobe students’ body, staff members, administrators and educators. It was an exceptional day as the students mounted a strong protest against the decision taken by the university senior management body to cut 41 staff members and more than 500 subjects from the department of Humanities and Social Sciences because of an “apparent” luck of state funds. What students so vociferously stated was that education is first and foremost, a right, you cannot just cut it.  Read the rest of this entry »

 

On the 28th of August, Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union picketed the entrance of the Grocon site to protest for their right o f being represented by the Union.  CFMEU state secretary Bill Oliver thus goes stating that: ‘‘This blockade is about the fundamental right that construction workers have for going to a job, being represented by a shop steward or safety representative on site, not to feel intimidated by Grocon management, and if they want to wear a union sticker on their hats then they’re entitled to do so,’’. The Age  Read the rest of this entry »