food transition

You wouldn't want to give them a living, all those people around you who feed on cans of cat or dog food – because that's what they can afford, or because they live on the street, or because their teeth  no longer allow  them to eat something crispy, or for all these reasons together. For... Lire la Suite →

nature humanity women

Rather accidentally I just read an account of Val Plumwood’s encounter with a crocodile. This was new to me, but I do remember Plumwood as a feminist philosopher who wrote about sex and gender, nature and culture, diversity and ecofeminism at the end of the 1980’s. First the story about the crocodile. Val Plumwood was... Lire la Suite →

virus nature culture

The covid-19 pandemic shows nicely that nature is indeed an actor that intervenes in human life. Bruno Latour has been pointing this out for thirty years. A conceptual model in which people and human activity deal with non-human life on an equal level cannot therefore be based on the separation of culture and nature; such a model should by definition be hybrid. (Does the distinction between culture and nature have to coincide with that between human and non-human? Does the distinction between human and non-human make sense? So many more questions. ) And hybrid, why? Because ... An essay of some 2100 words, pdf file at the end

german cannabis

Nothing seems to move when it comes to the Belgian campaign to change the hundred years old prohibitionist drugs law and to decriminalise the possession of cannabis for personal consumption. In Germany however, where social-democrats, greens and right-wing liberals are negotiating a new government, decriminalisation of recreative use seems to be on its way.

learning from israel

It still works: yelling ‘Antisemitism!’ as soon as the Israeli apartheid regime is being criticized. It works in Germany, it works in France, and most of all it works in the United States. One of the recent cases involves the City Council of Seattle. They voted down 5-4 a bill that would have prohibited the... Lire la Suite →

taliban and islamism

A friend of mine, living in North Africa and a hajji himself, sent me a reaction.  The Taliban have learnt a few things, he wrote; they will now deceive more skilfully than before. They might grant some rights to women, should they be interested in the recognition of their Islamic emirate by the US – but I think they really don’t care. And make no mistake, the Taliban’s victory is a victory for the whole Islamist Muslim world, just like when they all stood behind Saddam Hussein when he bawled against the US. Every single fact that might humiliate the US or the Western world, is perceived as a victory. That’s the game Erdogan’s playing, and that the Taliban will be playing. In addition, next year it will be a hundred years since the fall of the last caliphate, the Ottoman empire. It’s hard to imagine a more symbolic restart.

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