This week, we listen once again to strong, uncompromising truth-speaking from Bernadette Demientieff, executive director of the Gwich’in Steering Committee and a relentless advocate for her home ground.
In September 2021, Bernadette won the Sierra Club’s Changemaker Award. They wrote, “The Gwich’in Steering Committee is largely responsible for convincing every major US Bank to pledge not to fund projects that drill for oil and gas in the Arctic Refuge, making this a day-one issue for President Biden.”
Yet challenges in the region remain acute, as the climate crisis deepens and accelerates. Excerpts from a recent dialogue below, with images added by DP.
DP verdict on COP27: an echo of COP26.
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Now comes Nobel Peace Prize winner (2003) Dr. Shirin Ebadi, with a few cogent insights into the spreading wildfire of protest in Iran, excerpted from a recent interview. Image with caption added by DP.
PORTRAIT OF A SPARK
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Now comes The Emergence Network (TEN), asking a question that has been rattling through the editorial corridors of DP for many years: What if the way we respond to the crisis is part of the crisis? TEN proposes a research inquiry into the otherwise.
Excerpts from their manifesto, together with an emblematic image, as relayed from their website:
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Here at DP, we have long proposed that human supremacism – treating all other life forms as objects for our use – is at the heart of all that ails us. Factory farms represent industrialized human supremacism in one of its most extreme and cruel forms.
This week, we are pleased to relay a recent post from the animal rights non-profit Right To Rescue:
In 2017, DxE investigators infiltrated a massive pig farm in the Utah desert, a facility owned by Smithfield/WH Group, the world’s largest pig killing company. This one Smithfield farm is 20 miles long with over 300 barns on site. The investigators filmed the conditions inside in 360 degree virtual reality footage. Their footage, titled “Operation Deathstar,” documented row after row of mother pigs crammed inside gestation crates barely bigger than their bodies and piles of dead piglets covered in their mothers’ feces.
The investigators rescued 2 sick piglets, Lily, who had a severe leg injury, and Lizzie, who was malnourished and nursing on a shredded nipple. They took Lily and Lizzie to a sanctuary to receive care. Then, they published the whole investigation and rescue online and in the New York Times to show the world the nightmarish cruelty happening inside Smithfield’s farms. The story went viral when the FBI started hunting for the piglets, raiding sanctuaries and even cutting off part of a pig’s ear to do DNA testing.
DxE investigators Wayne Hsiung and Paul Darwin Picklesimer went to trial October 3-7, 2022 in Washington County, Utah. On Saturday, October 8, after a full day of deliberations, the jury of 8 people unanimously found Wayne and Paul NOT GUILTY on all charges for rescuing Lily and Lizzie from Smithfield. Together, we have just set a powerful precedent for the legal right to rescue animals from abuse.
Next, excerpts from a recent interview with Wayne Hsuing following his acquittal on all charges:
Finally, a link to the video that documented the alleged “crimes” for which Pickelsimer and Hsuing were arrested:
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With an ear bent to protests in Iran and around the world following the brutal torture and murder of Mahsa Anini, we offer the below excerpts from a lucid op-ed written by Roja Fazaeli, Associate Professor in Islamic Civilizations at Trinity College in Dublin, and Maryam Foumani, an Iranian-British journalist.
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This week, we tune our ears to a second voice from the Harvard Divinity School’s Religion & Public Life program: Cynthia Wilson, the RPL Fellow for Native and Indigenous Rights. Below, she illuminates the “burning question” that brought her to HDS.
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Now comes Deborah Jian Lee, a journalism Fellow at Harvard Divinity School’s timely and compelling Religion & Public Life program (RPL). Lee is an author and journalist working at The Economic Hardship Reporting Project, which covers economic inequality in America.
During a recent online “Voices” forum at RPL, Lee was asked for the one “burning question” that frames her time within the program; below, a transcript of her illuminating response, together with a video link.
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This week, for reasons that we are sure need not be scribed here, we bend an ear to the distinguished historian Caroline Elkins, author of Legacy of Violence: A History of the British Empire. Excerpts from a recent interview below.
The image documents the detention of alleged participants in the so-called Mau Mau Rebellion, with a caption added by DP.
THE CIVILIZING PROCESS
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We are grateful to a DP correspondent for steering us to a beautifully conceived essay, hidden within the vast archives of the Public Domain Journal. and written by distinguished professor Kenneth Gross, whose most recent book, Dangerous Children: On Seven Novels and a Story, will be published this autumn.
Excerpts below, with images from the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern.
THE OLD MAN, THE DEVIL WITH RINGED GLOVE AND THE MONK
THE PHILISTINE, MATCHBOX SPIRT AND THE CROWNED POET
BIG-EARED CLOWN, SELF-PORTRAIT AND THE WHITE-HAIRED ESKIMO
GHOST OF A SCARECROW, ELECTRICAL SPOOK AND MR. DEATH
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With political violence, and threats of political violence, vividly present all over the map, we have been revisiting the magnificent work of Doris Salcedo, facilitated by the Salcedo “mini-site” at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, from which we relay the below excerpted text and images:
ACCION DE DUELO 2007
A FLOR DE PIEL 2014
Elsewhere, Salcedo says:
I devoted myself to making art out of political violence, knowing that it is impossible. I think violent death is obscene, so it is outside representation; it escapes symbolisation altogether. I know what I do is in vain.
Yet in facing the impossible, and by bringing the spirits of the unmourned dead into the very heart of her work, Salcedo invites us to consider the abject futility of the ever-expanding woundscape of political violence, as the empty chairs pile up into the heavens.
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