My own concern is primarily the terror and violence carried out by my own state, for two reasons. For one thing, because it happens to be the larger component of international violence. But also for a much more important reason than that; namely, I can do something about it. So even if the U.S. was responsible for 2 percent of the violence in the world instead of the majority of it, it would be that 2 percent I would be primarily responsible for. And that is a simple ethical judgment. That is, the ethical value of one’s actions depends on their anticipated and predictable consequences. It is very easy to denounce the atrocities of someone else. That has about as much ethical value as denouncing atrocities that took place in the 18th century.
Noam Chomsky (via noam-chomsky)
…the Occupation of Palestine and Palestinians is fundamentally constructed by and through carceral politics. What is meant by ‘carceral politics’? Basically, it’s the politics of incarceration. So, in the fact that the threat of incarceration by the Israeli State is a constant threat, and one which is constantly carried out against large segments of the Palestinian population: if you want to subdue a population, you keep them under constant threat of harassment, imprisonment, maltreatment, separation from family and friends. But it’s not just that the possibility of incarceration is ever-present (although that is fundamental to the project) but also that the length of time that one will spend incarcerated is potentially unknown, potentially unending. This is the regime of Administrative Detention. So everyone has a family member, or a close friend, who has been incarcerated under this regime. It’s literally ever-present, in a temporal and a spatial sense.
Butler made the argument that this system exists not to produce docile bodies who will willingly serve the state – as Foucault has taught us it does – but rather the system works to produce empty bodies who can be incarcerated. The carceral system is the endpoint in a system of colonisation: the colonisation is made (in large part) of the incarceration system. The Occupation rests on it.
tobybee of jew on this on the panel “Carceral Politics in Palestine and Beyond: Gender, Vulnerability, Prison”, featuring Judith Butler, Angela Davis, and Lena Meari. (via ourcatastrophe)
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All the adults are saying, ‘We need to improve science in the world. Let’s train the kids.’ I’ve never heard an adult say, ‘We need more science in the world. Train me.’
Neil deGrasse Tyson, on America’s lack of science literacy
The idea was to create a project not to replace the Iraqi health system but, as a principle, to support the Iraqi health system.
an Iraqi surgeon and deputy medical coordinator of MSF’s program in Amman for the chronically wounded, in an interview with Warscapes. (via doctorswithoutborders)
What the EU is trying to do with this trade agreement is effectively slowly poison the production of affordable generic medicines in India, which has helped keep so many people alive. This trade agreement could target us as treatment providers, simply for buying generic medicines from India to treat patients in our programs.
Head of Mission for MSF in India
India has been called the “pharmacy of the developing world” because it produces a large number of high-quality, affordable generic medicines. MSF and other treatment providers also rely on Indian generic medicines to treat other diseases and conditions.
However, a free trade agreement (FTA) currently under negotiation between the European Union (EU) and India could greatly restrict the ability of Indian generic manufacturers to continue producing high-quality, affordable medicines that millions of people with HIV/AIDS and other diseases and conditions rely on to stay alive.
To learn more about the protests and the issue at hand read this briefing on the situation.
For more information also check out MSF’s Access Campaign website.
God have mercy on your souls.
Troy Davis speaking to his executioners. They were his final words. (via officialssay)