Français   |  

Subscribe to the whole site

Home > English > Alternatives International Journal > 2010 > April 2010 > ’Tis not too late

’Tis not too late

Thursday 1 April 2010, by Michael Ryan Wiseman

Greetings Dear Reader,

Welcome back to the Alternatives International Journal, as it rubs its eyes gingerly, throws its arms in the air and arches its back to get some kinks and an exaggerated yawn out, and then emerges ravenous from its winter hibernation.

We have a new format, new partners, and a new lease on life, but— alas— the same editor.

Firstly, we’d like to direct your attention to the Support Alternatives campaign. If you’ve already thrown your weight behind that trifling and thoroughly unnecessary for the proper functioning of a democratic society dissent-and-differing-points-of-view thingy, then read on. If not, consider that old saying about how dissent, being a muscle like any other, will atrophy from lack of regular use.

Now, having saved us, let us move on to the significantly less difficult task of saving the world. The articles that have our attention run the gamut of social justice issues: from landgrabs in South America to elections in Sudan, by way of aid transparency, aid volume, Haitian rice, a Robin Hood Tax, and Israeli Apartheid Week. Also be sure to lend your eyeballs to Artthreat, where art and culture meet politics to produce the greatest triumvirate since peanut and butter joined forces before co-opting jam.

As Tennyson’s Ulysses was apt to say, "Come, my friends, ’Tis not too late to seek a newer world." Ulysses was never one to shy away from a voyage, and it may very well be true what they say about a journey of a thousand miles beginning with a single step, but if we’d all just take the step, we’d be there in no time.