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Posted in World by homeyra on April 9, 2008

Tide? or Ivory Snow? Public power in the age of Empire

by Arundhati Roy

Of course, there is an alternative to terrorism. It’s called justice.

On the eroded notion of justice:

“Even among the well-intentioned, the expansive, magnificent concept of justice is gradually being substituted with the reduced, far more fragile discourse of ‘human rights‘.”

“Almost unconsciously, we begin to think of justice for the rich and human rights for the poor. Justice for the corporate world, human rights for its victims.”

“But talking of peace without talking of justice could easily become advocacy for a kind of capitulation. And talking of justice without unmasking the institutions and the systems that perpetrate injustice, is beyond hypocritical.” Peace?…

Inspired by McJustice: On Beatniks and Chinese Olympics


Must Hear: Jeffrey Sacks, thanks Linda


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  1. Pedestrian said, on April 9, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    Jeez Homeyra …………. Why do you post these things when I have so much homework?????!!!!!!!!

  2. Linda said, on April 9, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    I just listened to parts of a good interview with the director of the Earth Institute at Columbia U. and special advisor to the U.N. on the Millenium Development Goals, Jeffrey Sachs. He intelligently discusses many of these kinds of issues that you and Pedestian write about at your sites. It’s worth listening to on the internet after it’s archived, after its last airing this evening. Here’s the link:

    It was truly refreshing to listen to him after listening to the Petraeus hearings yesterday, followed by all the post-Petraeus analysis, which is all just more of the same blah-blah-blah which is responsible for the problems we’re all experiencing in various ways from our various perches in our trees.

  3. homeyra said, on April 9, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    🙂 P, your fault!
    Thanks for the link Linda, but Sachs speech didn’t have an audio or a transcript in this link – or I didn’t see it.
    I’ll google him.

  4. Linda said, on April 10, 2008 at 12:14 am

    The link for the audio will be there probably tomorrow after the final airing of tonight’s show.

  5. Bluebear2 said, on April 10, 2008 at 4:14 am

    The Sachs speech is there now.

    KQED – Linda, are you from the bay area?

  6. Linda said, on April 10, 2008 at 4:46 am

    “from the bay area?”

    No. I grew up all over the place, and intentionally moved to the bay area at the age of 31, when I ultimately realized I could not live anywhere else in the U.S., and maintain my sanity.

  7. Linda said, on April 10, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    h — use this link instead. It’s the permanent one for this story only:

  8. 99 said, on April 10, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    I was just talking with a friend who lives in Pennsylvania about the sanity of the Bay Area last night. I grew up in Marin County. People had a hard time convincing me racism was still a problem in the United States. A bunch of other stuff is different/better there too. It’s like we were decades ahead of the rest of the country all the time. Traveling was sometimes weird because people seemed to be living in the dark ages in other places. People would see me in, say, Seattle, and yell, “Hey, are you from California?” We were somehow identifiable, even without a car license plate to give us away.

    I remember thousands of times running in to people who were visiting from out of state, and they were ALL mowed down by the beauty and the tolerance and the ease of relating. It was almost as though they were from other countries.

  9. Linda said, on April 10, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    Yes, 99, even our conservatives are not racist, regressive, fundamentalist homophobes. Case in point: Dianne Feinstein.

  10. homeyra said, on April 10, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    I corrected the link. Thanks L 🙂
    I have never been to this area, but I know many people who have lived there, including Monsieur at home. All have loved it.

  11. Bluebear2 said, on April 11, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    even our conservatives are not racist, regressive, fundamentalist homophobes.

    Amazing what 70 miles of separation yields!

    Sacramento: Most of our conservatives ARE racist, regressive, fundamentalist homophobes.

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