Just between you and me, shouldn’t the World Bank be encouraging more migration of the dirty industries to the LDCs [less developed countries]?….The economic logic behind dumping a load of toxic waste in the lowest wage country is impeccable, and we should face up to that…. Under-populated countries in Africa are vastly under-polluted; their air quality is probably vastly inefficiently low compared to Los Angeles or Mexico City…. The concern over an agent that causes a one-in-a-million change in the odds of prostate cancer is obviously going to be much higher in a country where people survive to get prostate cancer than in a country where under-five mortality is 200 per thousand.
An internal memo written by Lawrence Summers, the chief economist of the World Bank, 1991.
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Gaza City: August 8th, 2014
by Khalil Hamran/Associated Press from the NYTimes (via @remroum)
A man lies on a heap of fodder on a cart pulled by a bull in Muzaffarnagar, India, on July 19, 2014. (Anindito Mukherjee/Reuters)
Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
Temple of Jupiter, Baalbek, Lebanon, late 19th century or early 20th century
Homeless children living in an underground passage under the Pouchkine Square. Moscow, 1992.
© Lise Sarfati
We are waiting here to see if we are meant to live or die. Every day is another day of fear and destruction. If you don’t die, someone you know is likely to be among the dead. This is no life a human being can accept.
A Palestinian commenting on conditions inside Gaza.
(via +972 Mag)
I don’t broadcast every high & I don’t hide every low. I’m trying to live. I’m not trying to convince the world I have life.
Mohammed Shinbary comforts his daughter Mahasin, 7, who was injured during Israeli shelling at a U.N.-run school sheltering Palestinians, at a hospital in the northern Gaza Strip on July 24, 2014. (Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times)
At least 10,000 Palestinian protesters marching against Israel’s military offensive in Gaza clash with soldiers and border police at the Israeli Qalandiya checkpoint, between Jerusalem and Ramallah, early on July 25, 2014. (Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images)