- Australia (Aboriginal issues)
- China (human rights)
- India (poverty)
- Israel (conflict with Palestinians)
- Japan (whaling)
- just about any African country (government corruption)
- just about any Latin American country (more government corruption)
- just about any Muslim country (women’s rights)
- NATO countries (intervention in Libya)
- Russia (Chechnya)
- UK (Northern Ireland)
- USA (the War on Terror)
I write these words not to trivialize the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (or human rights, or wars, etc.), but because concert disruption is a slippery slope – and at the bottom of the hill lies nothing good or productive. I believe we stand a better chance of healing what’s wrong with the world by strengthening cultural ties, not severing them.
Those who feel the need to boycott this or that ensemble are of course free to do so. And those who feel the need to demonstrate can make themselves heard outside the hall. But there’s a crucial line to be drawn between protesting a cultural event, and trying to physically prevent it from happening.
© Colin Eatock 2011