will weather this one as well. I
certainly hope it will. But to do so, it will have to change radically, as radically as Matteo
Salvini, Viktor Orbán and Alternative für Deutschland have transformed
Europe’s political, ethical and moral relations of force. And the only way to do this is
to let go of humanitarianpolitics in favor of a politics of the pure and simple.
Obviously, despite the efforts of some relief groups to keep their distance from human rights
NGOs, the consensus view is that both enterprises
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this and thus were stuck with the challenges of navigating Chinese customs. Another interviewee summarised that China holds a key role in determining the degree to which sanctions are enforced in practice, so Chinese decisions on implementation can have a major impact on humanitarians.
Political influence on humanitarian exemptions has been clearly demonstrated by the United States. In 2019, the US administration decided to issue more SVPs and the US mission to the UN started accepting more UNSC exemptions after essentially putting a hold on them before January
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This book examines the relationship between environmental justice and citizen
science, focusing on enduring issues and new challenges in a post-truth
age. Debates over science, facts, and values have always been pivotal within
environmental justice struggles. For decades, environmental justice activists
have campaigned against the misuses of science, while at the same time engaging
in community-led citizen science. However, post-truth politics
has threatened science itself. This book makes the case for the importance of
science, knowledge, and data that are produced by and for ordinary people living
with environmental risks and hazards. The international, interdisciplinary
contributions range from grassroots environmental justice struggles in American
hog country and contaminated indigenous communities, to local environmental
controversies in Spain and China, to questions about “knowledge justice,”
citizenship, participation, and data in citizen science surrounding
toxicity. The book features inspiring studies of community-based participatory
environmental health and justice research; different ways of sensing,
witnessing, and interpreting environmental injustice; political strategies for
seeking environmental justice; and ways of expanding the concepts and forms of
engagement of citizen science around the world. While the book will be of
critical interest to specialists in social and environmental sciences, it will
also be accessible to graduate and postgraduate audiences. More broadly, the
book will appeal to members of the public interested in social justice issues,
as well as community members who are thinking about participating in citizen
science and activism. Toxic Truths includes distinguished contributing authors
in the field of environmental justice, alongside cutting-edge research from
emerging scholars and community activists.
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‘allows one to read it, to be a solar Eye, looking down like a god’. 39 The architectures of
social networks, as discussed above, are not designed for the
complexities of humanitarianpolitics but for consumerism. 40 Facebook users are
prevented from the elevated view of the ‘voyeur’ who might read
humanitarian communication as a complex process that maps across
different inequalities (economic, social, gender, racial). Users