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aspects and issues ever since 1985. A short list of our previous work on the Earth Court of Justice
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| November 11, 2007
|| Deal climate injustice at home: Greenpeace India |
by ASHOK B SHARMA
published by Indian Society For Sustainable Agriculture and by Indian Express Newspapers (Mumbai) Ltd.
More than 800 million poor people in India are bearing the burnt of climate change. This is partly due to the emissions caused by
the few privileged rich people in the country, said a report released by Greenpeace India Society. The report on climate injustice entitled `Hiding Behind the Poor’
urged the government to apply the principle of “common but differentiated responsibilities” in the country to deal with the situation arising out of climate change.
The study authored by G Ananathpadmanabhan, K Srinivas and Vinuta Gopal, however advocated India’s right to seek common but differentiated responsibilities at the global level.
Referring to the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities, it said that India claims its right to development and thus its right to consume more energy from
fossil fuels, asking developed nations to create the carbon space. Implicit in this is the notion that the developed countries need to decrease their carbon dioxide emissions
drastically so that developing countries can still increase theirs without pushing the planet in the direction of climate change.”
However, the study pointed out that over the last few decades, emissions of rapidly developing countries like India and China have surged. In fact, rankings by the WRI of
top GHG emitters has US on top and developing countries such as China and India are ranked at No 2 and 5 respectively, making them amongst the world’s biggest emitters.
The Greepeace India made an urgent plea to the government to consider the situation especially when the next round of negotiations for the second phase of Kyoto Protocol
is scheduled to take place in Bali in Indonesia in December, this year.
The Greenpeace India report further said that India was faced with two sharply contradictory realities. On the one hand there was a rapidly growing rich consumer class
which has made the country the 12.
The largest luxury market in the world and on the other hand India has become the home to more than 800 million poor people on the planet who are extremely vulnerable to
the impacts of climate change. India’s per capita carbon dioxide emission has averaged to 1.67 tonne.
| November 21, 2007
|| Why Israel Has No "Right To Exist" As A Jewish State
by Oren Ben-Dor , Countercurrents.org, firstname.lastname@example.org
A recognition of Israel's right to exist as a Jewish
state is a recognition of the Jews special entitlement, as eternal victims,
to have a Jewish state. Such a test of supreme stake for Jews is the
supreme criterion not only for racist policy making by the legislature but
also for a racist constitutional interpretation by the Supreme Court.The
idea of a state that is first and foremost for the sake of Jews trumps
even that basic law of Human Freedom and Dignity to which the Israeli
Supreme Court pays so much lip service. Such constitutional
interpretation would have to make the egalitarian principle equality of
citizenship compatible with, and thus subservient to, the need to
maintain the Jewish majority and character of the state. This of course
constitutes a serious compromise of equality, translated into many
individual manifestations of oppression and domination of those victims
of such compromise--non-Jews-Arabs citizens of Israel.
The demand is that
Palestinians recognise Israel's entitlement to constitutionally entrench a
system of racist basic laws and policies, differential immigration criteria
for Jews and non-Jews, differential ownership and settlements rights,
differential capital investments, differential investment in education,
formal rules and informal conventions that differentiate the potential
stakes of political participation, lame-duck academic freedom and
The Jewish state could only come into being in May 1948 by ethnically
cleansing most of the indigenous population -- 750000 of them.
The fate of the descendants of those 750000 Palestinians
who were ethnically cleansed in 1948 would
continue to be discriminated under a two-state solutions.
The judaisation of the state could only be effectively implemented by
constantly internally displacing the population of many villages within the
Israel state. The Right of Return of Palestinians means that Israel acknowledges and
apologises for what it did in 1948. It does mean that Palestinian
memory of the 1948 catastrophe, the Nakbah, is publicly revived in the
Geography and collective memory of the polity. It does mean that
Palestinians descendants would be allowed to come back to their
villages. If this is not possible because there is a Jewish settlement there,
they should be given the choice to found an alternative settlement
nearby. This may mean some painful compulsory state purchase of
agricultural lands that should be handed back to those who return. In
cases when this is impossible they ought to be allowed the choice to
settle in another place in the larger area or if not possible in another area
in Palestine. It is clear that part of the realisation
of that right of return would not only be a just the actual return, but also
the assurance of equal stake and citizenship of all, Jews and
non-Jews-Arabs after the return. A return would make the egalitarian
claim by those who return even more difficult to conceal than currently
with regard to Israel Arab second class citizens. What unites Israelis
and many world Jews behind the call for the recognition of the right of a
Jewish state to exist is their aversion for the possibility of living, as a
minority, under conditions of equality of stake to all. But if Jews enjoys
this equality in Canada why can not they support such equality in
Palestine through giving full effect to the right of Return of Palestinians?
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