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The debate is about legalized and ostensibly regulated trophy hunting by tourists. So “Europeans” presented as a monolith here is confusing things: some of those trophy hunter tourists are European, who obviously don’t care about elephants, which is why other Europeans are trying to stop them.

The president of course is correct to say that it is unreasonable for the Global North to demand that Botswana does not develop its standards of living in order to preserve wildlife. It is a colonialist way of seeing things.

The answer cannot however come from the destruction of the elephants, who are humanity’s shared heritage. Europeans have a stake in Botswana’s elephants as humans same as Botswanans have a stake in, say, the Parthenon or Stonehenge: as humans, as a shared human heritage.

The answer should instead be for the Global North to pay to Botswana development subsidies, increasing them as needed to achieve the required balance. So that standards of living can improve without needing to endanger the elephants.

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That’s ecofascist thinking.

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Prohibition does not work.

If they are serious about combatting smoking, they should medicalize it and treat it like an addiction.

Leaked NYT Gaza Memo Tells Journalists to Avoid Words “Genocide,” “Ethnic Cleansing,” and “Occupied Territory” (theintercept.com)

The New York Times instructed journalists covering Israel’s war on the Gaza Strip to restrict the use of the terms “genocide” and “ethnic cleansing” and to “avoid” using the phrase “occupied territory” when describing Palestinian land, according to a copy of an internal memo obtained by The Intercept....

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The media later: why doesn’t anyone trust us and believe in wild conspiracy theories?

They destroy their own credibility and then cry foul when the extreme right uses this to spread hate propaganda.

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The fucking Rector of the University of Glasgow is not some “hate speaker”. He is a god damn hero doctor who has had to operate without anaesthetics on children victims of IDF barbarity. It is understandable that someone might get a bit extreme in their expressions after such an experience. Just ask lt Aldo Raine.

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They are state sponsored terrorists.

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Palestine has a right to defend itself.

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It’s rioting you nitwit. Rioting never saved anyone.

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But of course Israelis are not held up to the same standard when it comes to glorifying violence. As far as I know, Germany has not banned any of the extremists of the Israeli governing clique currently commiting atrocities in Gaza while loudly broadcasting genocidal language.

Not to mention that not all violence is the same. Even on Oct 7th, while the attacks on civilians are unquestionably absolutely reprehensible and deserving absolute condemnation (same as the attacks on civilians by the IDF and the settler militias), there was also legitimate resistance violence. IDF is an occupying force, its soldiers and its bases and installations are 100% legitimate targets for armed resistance (same as actual Hamas fighters are legitimate targets for the IDF).

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To start, those whose statements are part of South Africa’s ICJ submission.

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Having seen what the IDF is doing, at this point I have stopped considering Palestinian armed violence that targets Israeli military targets to be terrorism. No, fuck off, it’s legitimate armed resistance, Palestinians have the right to defend themselves ans their nations right to exist. IDF targets are legitimate targets.

And I will start caring about the occasional stink of politically insensitive imagery when a similar standard is applied to Israelis. The entire Israeli leadership has adopted openly genocidal language, while openly genocidal and dehumanizing cultural elements are shamelessly being promoted in Israeli society.

I will not hold Palestinians to an impossible moral standard while Israelis are massacring them. This man has seen first hand the results of Israeli war crimes, he has treated without anesthesia the children on whose bodies their shrapnels were embedded. So he made an unfortunate antisemitic reference. After Palestine is free I’m sure his grandchildren will be a bit embarrassed by their hero doctor grandad’s more extreme opinions.

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I agree. Truong My Lan could just as well, lose her assets and spend her days repaying her debts to society. You know, on a normal person’s wage, trying to make up for billions upon billions. Should be enough time.

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The phrase “collateral death” is inhumane and depraved on its own. No American would accept “collateral deaths” of their own service members’ families with a shrug.

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They are as different as 1st degree murder and 3rd degree murder.

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What the fuck is your actual point here? That the 3rd degree killing of children is somehow acceptable? Would it be acceptable for example for Hamas to collaterally kill the families of IDF soldiers?

EDIT: Iran is supposedly soon going to be retaliating against Israel for the bombing of its consulate. Let’s say the target high ranking Israeli military officers (like Israel has been targeting theirs). How many Israeli kids is it acceptable for you to be collaterally killed in such an attack?

My position is no, none, collateral murder of kids is fucking wrong no matter who does it. What the fuck is your position?

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Based on what we know about Israel’s Lavender system, they don’t care if the grankids were there, they already factored in the risk and deemed it acceptable.

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Check out the OP buddy. If it were a banality we wouldn’t have this very discussion. But it apparently isn’t, so here we are.

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I have never understood under what justification the US is demanding Assange is extradited to them and charged with espionage. He is not American, doesn’t live in the US and owes no allegiance to the US. Does the US claim some kind of universal jurisdiction in this case?

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Palestine has the right to exist.

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“They” as in who exactly? Are Palestinians a monolith? No, so fuck off with the disinformation. Fatah has signed Oslo, while the Israeli Right who has been governing since has been doing everything in its power to undermine the 2SS. They have been creating facts on the ground, that specifically undermine Palestine’s right to exist. With your own stupid fucking logic, Israel lost its right to exist.

So no, you are wrong. Israel and Palestine have the exact same right to exist. Either they both do or none of them do (i.e., binational democratic 1SS).

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Decisions made in the European Court of Human Rights influence law across its 46 member states. Estelle Dehon KC, a barrister at Cornerstone Barristers in the UK, said “the judgement […] comprehensively dismisses the argument that courts cannot rule on climate legal obligations because climate change is a global phenomenon or because action by one state is just a ‘drop in the ocean’,” she told BBC News. Governments globally have signed up to drastically reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

Basically, EU governments are now legally bound to follow through their obligations.

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You can be as blasé as you want but the ECtHR is the closest thing that exists to an effective international court: …wikipedia.org/…/European_Court_of_Human_Rights#E…

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