The Last Post (for now)

15 Jan

After much consideration, I have decided to stop making any new posting. At least for now. The main reason for doing so is personal. To pause and take a breather. To recollect my thoughts and figure out the next step.

After all, for the past four years, I have maintained this political blog, often with the aim of providing a personal take on what I believe to be some of the most important events around the world. Spanning close to 500 posts, it has touched on so many different areas and aspects of politics and human rights that I’m sometimes surprised at its diversity.

From the local (e.g., the industrial dispute between my university, UNSW and its union, NTEU) to the global (e.g. Copenhagen Summit in 2009); or the East (e.g. democratic developments in Asia) to the West (e.g. anti-corporate capitalisation movements in Australia), many of these posts have shown how the political arena remains biased towards the power brokers. In most instances, they are the corporations, governments and political leaders who persist in illegal and/or immoral actions, believing that they can get away with it. Very often, these questionable behaviour would come to light and be vigorously opposed by conscientious people around the world. It is this opposing voice which I believe, lies at the core and optimism of politics.

As I am writing this, global events unravel at the speed of light.

Who would have thought that Tunisians, without any Western interference, have managed to a popular uprising to overthrow their despotic ruler, Ben Ali.  There is talk that this people revolution might inspire others around the region, sparking off another cascading effect of democratic revolutions.

Some commentators have claimed that an important impetus of this revolution can be attributed to the diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks. Meanwhile, its founder, Julian Assange remains under virtual house arrest in the UK while Bradley Manning, the alleged whistleblower who provided information to the site is still incarcerated in America, facing  the prospect of a military court.

Across the Atlantic, European governments are having a life or death battle of their own. In the UK,  for instance, the coalition government comprising of the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats is facing the possibility of a unhappy split. The latter who came to power because of voter students turnout have faced street wrath in breaking their promise to increase tuition fees.

People power aside, the world faces insurmountable interlinking global problems that sometimes appear as if they are impossible to overcome. The latest intergovernmental meeting on climate change in Cancun has come and gone without much fanfare as the binding Kyoto protocol expires. The global financial crisis is expected to worsened while bankers  continue to reward themselves handsomely with taxpayers bailout money. As developed societies become more unequal, the rest of the developing world languishes in war, poverty and misery that could have been averted.

Clearly, this brief summary is inadequate. But it does show that there is so much more to be said, exposed and done. As such, I end with a cautious but hopeful remainder. May the good fight for the important things that matter such as human rights and social justice continue.

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