ElevenHoursAbroad is an offshoot of ElevenHoursAhead. The latter was initiated out of a sense that social, political and economic issues affecting those living in Aotearoa/New Zealand are not being critically enagaged with in the mainstream media.
Critical discussion of ‘world issues’ is also lacking within New Zealand. A glance through any major New Zealand newspaper and the meagre space that world events are given provides some indication of this lack of critical engagement with events occuring elsewhere. In particular, reflection on the complex ways in which New Zealanders, both at home and abroad, are connected to and implicated within unequal global systems is rarely provided.
ElevenHoursAbroad aims to provide discussion of ‘world events’ from the perspective of one New Zealander living and working in Lome, Togo (and any others from ElevenHoursAhead who wish to contribute). I do not pretend to be an expert on any of the issues discussed. Rather I hope to provide some reflections on how the world looks from where I currently stand.