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Saturday 22 November 2014

Malala

If we take peace seriously, then Malala should not have been awarded Nobel's price. The problem is not really that Malala is young, nor about her having been photographed in the company of one or another more or less abominable politician. The problem is the way the members of the Nobel committee neglect the peace. For them, peace may signify anything that corresponds to their preferred variety of goodness.

Personally, I see no reason to doubt that Malala is good and brave and admirable. But what has she done specifically for peace?

Alfred Nobel might have been just a Capitalist philantrophist, like so many others. He had, however, the good sense to take peace seriously. And we of the so called Left also ought to do so.

Peace is doable, as somebody said.

(in respons to comments by Arundhati Roy and others)

Sunday 24 August 2008

Missile Defence

US politics, because of the failure by both Republicans and Democrats to deal with the problems of campaign finance, is rotten from head to toe. But under Bush the corruption has acquired Nigerian qualities. Federal government is a vast corporate welfare programme, rewarding the industries which give millions in political donations with contracts worth billions. Missile defence is the biggest pork barrel of all, the magic pudding which won’t run out however much you eat. The funds channelled to defence, aerospace and other manufacturing and service companies will never run dry because the system will never work. - George Monbiot 19 August.