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Dai Neo-cons ai Neo-warms

(Mia lettera apparsa sull’International Herald Tribune del 28 Aprile 2007)

Il Nuovo Terrore

Dear Editors
 
Thomas Homer-Dixon parla chiaro: Il nuovo “terrore” e’ chiamato “stress climatico“, e causera’ una lunga serie di disastri e sconvolgimenti se “le nazioni non riescono a limitare aggressivamente le emissioni di anidride carbonica e a sviluppare tecnologie e istituzioni che permettono alle persone di vivere in un pianeta piu’ caldo.”

(“Terror in the weather forecast“, “Terrore nelle Previsioni del Tempo”, di Thomas Homer-Dixon, IHT 25 Aprile 2007)

Solo pochi anni orsono, i neoconservatori (Neo-cons Americani) hanno spronato a una guerra preventiva contro Saddam Hussein per proteggerci da fantasiose armi di distruzione di massa irachene.

Adesso e’ il turno dei neo-riscaldatori (Neo-warms): sono loro a raccomandare una guerra preventiva all’anidride carbonica per proteggerci da cambiamenti climatici futuri, anch’essi potenzialmente capaci di distruzioni su scale massicce.

Ma non impariamo proprio mai?

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ps nell’originale accennavo anche a un altro punto in comune: i neo-cons volevano esportare la democrazia, i neo-warms vogliono imporre a tutti delle Istituzioni nuove per controllare la CO2

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The Darfur Conflict From a Different Perspective

The Dirty Political Underbelly of the Darfur Conflict by Ayesha Kajee – April 25, 2007, Pambazuka News

[…] Darfur possibly has undiscovered reserves of uranium, bauxite and copper. Geological surveys also imply that Darfur has unexploited oil reserves, which may go some way to explaining the intense and sustained global interest in Darfur over the past few years.

There is indubitably a massive humanitarian disaster in Darfur, and the mobilisation of civil society around the globe is warranted and welcome. But it is worth questioning why this tragedy receives concentrated attention from the world’s media and why advocacy for multilateral intervention in Darfur has managed to mobilise millions, including celebrities from every sphere, when similar situations in northern Uganda or Central African Republic get far less coverage […]

Given the complex internal and external political implications of the Darfur conflict, the biggest losers are the Darfuris who have been killed, maimed and driven from their homes and livelihoods.

They are the ‘dispensable’ pawns of political manipulators from within and outside Sudan.

There is a crying need for multilateral intervention in Darfur, and an enhanced peacekeeping force with a strong mandate to protect citizens would bring much needed stability to the region as a whole. But the potential ramifications of such an intervention merit careful consideration as to the composition of the deployed force and its mandate. […]

There are several things I never understood about Darfur, including why there would be several rebel movements none of which able to protect civilians, and why would the Sudan government embark into such an awful adventure immediately after freeing itself from decades-long war in the South Sudan…the above is a good start to understand the situation.