Noam Chomsky uses the term “selective blindness” in order to characterize a common phenomenon that some crimes are being constantly talked about with due moral outrage, while, at the same time, others are being constantly hushed up or denied.
Gavrilo Princip`s shooting of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand – that took place on this day exactly one hundred years ago – is best remembered because it was a pretext for the attack on Serbia that eventually led to the start of the Great War.
Military interventions of international forces, which opt for one of the parties in religious-sectarian conflicts, only stir up already started wars and increase the number of their victims. For many, that interventionism began during the war in Bosnia.
John Pilger, world-famous war correspondent, journalist and documentarian, says that the illegal Nato attack on Yugoslavia was an assault on the very notion of sovereign and economic independence in an American and EU-ordained ‘global’ world.
Sevim Dağdelen, member of the Parliament from the German leftist party Die Linke (The Left), from the speaker’s platform in the Bundestag, presented harsh criticisms on account of German military presence in Kosovo and its support to the Government of Kosovo.
Oliver de Schutter, Special Rapporteur of UN on the Right to Food, reveals that in 2011-13 a total of 842 million people, or around one in eight people in the world, were estimated to be suffering from chronic hunger and not getting enough food to lead an active life.
David Graeber in his book recalls forgotten institution of ”debt forgiveness”, for centuries present in social relations, even since the time of Ancient Greece statesman and poet Solon, who delivered Greek peasants from debt slavery simply by abolishing their debts and by carrying out an agrarian reform, distributing the land among them.
According to Raj Patel, we do not live in democracy, because we do not decide on anything essential, but in a “complainocracy” – because only if we complain enough, we can hope at least for some minor change to occur.
All across the world small farmers point to the negative consequences of increasingly widespread global phenomenon of ’land grabbing’, which leads to concentration of agricultural land and natural resources ownership in the hands of big investors and international corporations.