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Shocked by the rise of the right? Then you weren’t paying attention
This is not some new virus; it’s a susceptibility to a chronic illness that has crippled us for years. Ethnic and racial plurality and migration as a lived experience are older than any nation state, but equality is a relatively new idea, and some don’t like it. People forget how recently African Americans couldn’t vote, and that Winston Churchill told his cabinet “Keep England White” was a good campaign slogan.

Racism was the wedge the enemies of cosmopolitanism and plurality used to prise open a broader cleavage that is dividing us all.

It’s not clear this lesson has been learned. Most, but by no means all, remain devotees I have encountered are far more fluent in the language of race accusation (pointing out the bigotry of the Brexiters) than in the anti-racist activism that would put a racially diverse and plural Britain at the heart of their worldview. Some would be happy if we went back to the way we were before we voted to leave. But that would mean returning to a place where two-thirds of ethnic minority people faced racial abuse. No wonder these second referendum marches are so white.

These rivers run deep – winding through empire, imperialism, caste, settlement, colonialism, white supremacy and beyond. That’s not all these countries are. Wherever there is bigotry you will find an impressive tradition opposing it and a potential audience willing to be weaned off it.

Attempts to triangulate with weasel words about the “legitimate concerns” of “traditional voters” are dishonest. Concerns about high class sizes and over-stretched welfare services are obviously legitimate; blaming ethnic minorities for them is obviously not. Facilitating a conflation of the two and hoping no one will notice is spineless. It also doesn’t work. Those who dedicate their lives to racism are better at it, and will never be satisfied. Pandering does not steal their thunder – it gives them legitimacy.

There is precious little value in pointing out, once every four or five years, that racism is a problem if you are not advocating an agenda in the intervening time that posits anti-racism as a solution. In the words of the great white hope of Conservative electoral strategy, Australian Lynton Crosby: “You can’t fatten the pig on market day.” You can’t go around producing anti-immigration mugs, pathologising Muslims and demonising asylum seekers for a decade and then expect a warm a reception for open borders in the few months before a referendum.
by:GaryYounge  from:CommentIsFree  Brexit  NigelFarage  BorisJohnson  DonaldTrump  Narendra  Modi  immigration  racism  nationalism  geo:UnitedKingdom  geo:UnitedStates  geo:Europe  geo:India  LyntonCrosby  islamophobia  xenophobia  fascism 
11 weeks ago by owenblacker
A third of Himalayan ice cap doomed, finds report
Even if carbon emissions are dramatically and rapidly cut and succeed in limiting global warming to 1.5C, 36% of the glaciers along in the Hindu Kush and Himalaya range will have gone by 2100. If emissions are not cut, the loss soars to two-thirds, the report found.

The glaciers are a critical water store for the 250 million people who live in the Hindu Kush-Himalaya (HKH) region, and 1.65 billion people rely on the great rivers that flow from the peaks into India, Pakistan, China and other nations.
Since the 1970s, about 15% of the ice in the HKH region has disappeared as temperatures have risen. But the HKH range is 3,500km long and the impact of warming is variable. Some glaciers in Afghanistan and Pakistan are stable and a few are even gaining ice, most probably due to increased cloud cover that shields the sun and changed winds that bring more snow. But even these will start melting with future warming, Wester said.

The melting glaciers will increase river flows through to 2050 to 2060, he said, pushing up the risk of high-altitude lakes bursting their banks and engulfing communities. But from the 2060s, river flows will go into decline. The Indus and central Asian rivers will be most affected. “Those areas will be hard hit,” said Wester.
by:DamianCarrington  from:TheGuardian  ClimateChange  geo:Himalaya  geo:China  geo:India  geo:Pakistan  geo:Nepal  geo:Afghanistan  geo:Tajikistan 
february 2019 by owenblacker
Indian court orders sites to delete users' PepsiCo posts
PepsiCo India has secured an interim order from the Delhi High Court, requiring social media platforms in the country, including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, to delete thousands of posts and videos that suggest the company’s popular Kurkure corn puff brand contains plastic.

Rumours that Kurkure is combustible because it contains plastic have been circulating on the internet for about a decade, which forced PepsiCo into a damage-limitation exercise that led ultimately to a petition to the High Court.
According to Indian news portal MediaNama, this is the first reported instance of a private company being able to get social media platforms “to take down content at this scale in India”.

It is estimated that the number of posts involved — which stretch back years — include 20,244 Facebook posts, 3,412 Facebook links, 242 YouTube videos, six Instagram links and 562 tweets.
from:Warc  PepsiCo  censorship  SocialMedia  geo:India 
july 2018 by owenblacker
Is the gun the basis of modern Anglo civilisation?
Colonial officials in particular feared that Indians would acquire knowledge leading to improved weapons-manufacturing. Facilitating or allowing the spread of knowledge of metalworking among South Asian colonials presented a simple danger. The ‘step from a knowledge of smelting Metals and the manner of casting them into certain forms to that of casting Cannon Shot and Shells is so inconsiderable that if the Natives once acquired the former art they would soon become Masters of the latter’, wrote a company official. The EIC’s leadership likewise insisted that its ammunition laboratories at Fort William remain a mystery:

“No Indian, black or person of mixed breed, nor any Roman Catholic of what nation soever, shall, on any pretence, be admitted or set foot in the Laboratory or any of the military magazines, either out of curiosity or to be employed in them, or to come near them so as to see what is doing or contained therein.”

This was the European culture of knowledge-sharing.

In 1813, the EIC considered closing the Fort William foundry out of fear that knowledge about casting might spread. Thus, while EIC arms purchases stimulated industrial revolution in England, the EIC prevented analogous stimulation of metalworking in the subcontinent, and took steps to counter it. EIC officials were sure that arms manufacture lay at the heart of industrial progress, and they helped create the divergence between East and West. In their ad hoc decisions lie the beginnings of global industrial disparities. That was what empire was about. As British industrialism took off, Indian economic development was reoriented to serve it.

Preventing exposure to British knowledge and suppressing Indian development was a big part of the battle, but the British also strove to suppress existing Indian knowledge and close down relationships in which other Europeans might share skills and knowledge with Indian states.
by:PriyaSatia  from:Aeon  geo:UnitedKingdom  geo:BritishRaj  geo:India  imperialism  colonialism  industry  history 
february 2018 by owenblacker
Humanity is just 2½ minutes from the apocalypse because of Donald Trump, Doomsday Clock scientists say
Lawrence Krauss and David Titley, who lead the organisation, said that the adjustment by half a minute towards midnight had been made because the international community had failed to deal with humanity's two most pressing threats: nuclear weapons and climate change. But it said that the danger had been amplified because "the United States now has a president who has promised to impede progress on both of those fronts". "Never before has the Bulletin decided to advance the clock largely because of the statements of a single person," the two scientists wrote. "But when that person is the new president of the United States, his words matter."
by:AndrewGriffin  from:TheIndependent  BulletinOfAtomicScientists  NuclearWar  ClimateChange  DonaldTrump  geo:UnitedStates  politics  apocalypse  LawrenceKrauss  DavidTitley  geo:Russia  geo:China  geo:Pakistan  geo:India  geo:DPRKorea 
january 2017 by owenblacker
Identity politics isn’t good or bad, it’s just a natural part of our progression
Britain’s vote to leave the EU was a perfect manifestation of that. The establishment has told itself that people voted to leave because their livelihoods were hurt by immigration and outsourcing. But the reality is more complicated. Eric Kaufmann, a professor of politics at the University of London showed afterwards that Brexit voters were more motivated “by identity, not economics”. Other polling showed the same: Those who wanted to remain in the EU were more comfortable with people of different cultures and races. The other side didn’t like where their country was heading to and they ‘wanted it back’.
by:SunnyHundal  from:HindustaniTimes  Brexit  politics  DonaldTrump  geo:UnitedKingdom  geo:UnitedStates  geo:India  USElection2016  race 
august 2016 by owenblacker
Bill Gates: the energy breakthrough that will “save our planet” is less than 15 years away
When you say to India, “Hey don’t use your coal, use something that is substantially more expensive,” you’re asking them to make a trade-off against uplifting those lives to have the things that we take for granted. If they develop with coal, they still will have emitted less per person by a factor of four than we have over the last 100 years.
BillGates  ClimateChange  environment  by:EzraKlein  from:Vox  via:AbigailRonck  geo:India 
april 2016 by owenblacker
WTO Ruling Against India's Solar Push Threatens Climate, Clean Energy
The WTO on Wednesday ruled against India over its national solar energy program in a case brought by the US govt, sparking outrage from labor and environmental advocates. ¶ As power demands grow in India, the country put forth a plan to create 100 GW of energy from solar cells and modules, and included incentives to domestic manufacturers to use locally-developed equipment. ¶ According to Indian news outlets, the WTO ruled that India had discriminated against American manufacturers by providing such incentives, which violates global trade rules, and struck down those policies—siding with the U.S. government in a case that the Sierra Club said demonstrates the environmentally and economically destructive power of pro-corporate deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
from:CommonDreams  environment  geo:India  geo:UnitedStates  WorldTradeOrganisation  corporatism  RenewableEnergy  by:NadiaPrupis 
august 2015 by owenblacker
India Illustrates the Risks of Censorship Laws
Next time you see your government proposing internet censorship laws of any kind, remember this incident where the Indian government crippled their own software industry so they could be seen to be doing something about terrorism. … They’ve blocked entire slices of multi-purpose web infrastructure because one of their functionaries found something about ISIS somewhere on it, according to TechCrunch.
censorship  stupid  geo:India  via:SimonPhipps  Github  InternetArchive  terrorism 
january 2015 by owenblacker
India admits Delhi matches Beijing for air pollution threatening public health | Environment |
India's state air monitoring centre has admitted that pollution in Delhi is comparable to that of Beijing, but disputed a World Health Organisation (WHO) finding that the Indian capital had the dirtiest atmosphere in the world. A study of 1,600 cities across 91 countries released on Wednesday by the WHO showed Delhi had the world's highest annual average concentration of small airborne particles (known as PM2.5) of 153. These extremely fine particles of less than 2.5 micrometres in diameter are linked with increased rates of chronic bronchitis, lung cancer and heart disease as they penetrate deep into the lungs and can pass into the bloodstream.
environment  geo:India  geo:China  geo:Delhi  geo:Beijing  pollution  WorldHealthOrganisation  from:TheGuardian  from delicious
july 2014 by owenblacker
On the engineering gender split - some data | LinkedIn
Men outnumber women by 3 and 6 to 1 on key skills; and a similar skew on job titles.

By declared skill-set, the ratio is worst in the UK, better in India and best in the US. We found similar patterns in one other European countries, which we ran some tests on.

By job-title, the rate is the most skewed in the UK (5.2 men for each woman), and least skewed in India (2.7 men for each woman).

In general, men vastly outnumber women in the more well-paid, more in-demand skill sets such as Data Science or Hadoop. And in the lower-paid, less technical skills, the ratio is much less skewed.
by:AzeemAzhar  from:LinkedIn  gender  geo:India  geo:UnitedKingdom  geo:UnitedStates  technology  from delicious
january 2014 by owenblacker
Cows get Photo IDs in India
Authorities say crime syndicates find it easy to tamper with branding or tattooing of the cattle -- hence the idea for photo identity cards which should be difficult to falsify.
no2id  geo:India  security  stupid  bizarre  farming 
september 2007 by owenblacker
Comment is free: A multi-polar world
Dilip Hiro: "American dominance is finally being challenged by China, Russia, India and Brazil."
to-read  politics  geo:China  geo:Russia  geo:India  geo:Brazil  geo:UnitedStates  superpower  geography 
march 2007 by owenblacker

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