„Was wäre gewesen, wenn die Heiligen Drei Könige Frauen gewesen wären? Die drei Frauen hätten nach dem Weg gefragt (statt einem Stern zu folgen), wären pünktlich angekommen (statt zwölf Tage zu spät zu sein), hätten geholfen, das Kind zur Welt zu bringen, hätten die Stallung geputzt, etwas zu Essen gekocht – und praktische Geschenke mitgenommen (Windeln zum Beispiel)“. Diesen Witz habe ich in ‚Piffle‘, einem kostenlosen monatlichen Zeitschrift, gelesen. Ich muss daran denken, wie die Welt wäre, wenn mehr Frauen in Machtpositionen wären, insbesondere als politische Entscheidungsträger und Parlamentärinnen. Sehr wahrscheinlich gibt es kein Krieg mehr, da sie alternative Lösungen zu Problemen finden können. Read More »
What with local UK and European elections next week, there’s been a lot of talk on immigration. Farage/UKIP, following a string of racism scandals, continues its racist rhetoric and pressures Miliband/Labour into following suit with some xenophobic pandering of its own in the hopes of holding on to the blue-collar vote.
They remind me – once again – that we urgently need to change the public and policy discourse from immigration to integration.
Not a single person in the entire history of the human species has ever chosen which country to be born in, and yet this accident of birth has a tremendous influence in determining how one’s life will pan out. Immigration – the movement of people – is hence about justice and equality. The actual movement of humans across a national border causes no problems. A failure to integrate them into their new communities and societies, however, will.
Academic findings by Oxford and UCL show that immigrants make a positive net contribution to the UK economy and are less likely than native-born Brits to receive state benefits or live in social housing. The same story holds true for New Zealand and other countries. In other words, immigrants are good for the economy – so let’s redirect our efforts towards making everyone more relaxed about them. Let’s introduce better integration policy! Because people should have the right to move where they want to be and to be able to call that new place ‘home’.
Part I: on Obama approval of cross-border fracked gas pipeline used to dilute tar sands
Gas flaring is apparently a thing. It is a way to deal with the natural gas that is released as a byproduct of fracking for crude oil. Normally we hear about hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) of shale in North America as a way to extract shale gas. That gas is usually piped and shipped to be combusted as energy. But the gas that is released while extracting crude oil from shale rock is considered a waste byproduct – unusuable and nonmarketable… for want of pipelines. Read More »
For anyone who watches the news, this is hardly groundbreaking. For those of us working in environmental justice or international development, we’ve seen graphs and diagrams ad nauseam depicting the earth’s trajectory vis-a-vis greenhouse gas emissions based on different scenarios and data. They have the same story: The planet – and, therefore, humanity – is doomed because we’re not doing enough to rein in emissions.