Great, another ostensibly liberal cause that can be used by rich countries to meddle and sanction noncompliant countries in the global south. The article gushes about support from racist hedge fund-in-a-suit Emmanuel Macron and noted moral authority the pope. Count me out!
45 out of the 45 people indicted by the International Criminal Court have been African. Maybe with “ecocide” added to the list European Do Gooders can get that number up to 200 out of 200 Africans
lmfao ok
When the ICC puts a single non-African in jail for a single day I’ll be open to this idea, until then, I’m good
Macron bombed a wedding in Mali a few months ago killing 19 civilians but his heart bleeds for Mother Earth. I’m sure his Serious Concern with ecocide has nothing to do with France’s ongoing meddling in a half a dozen African countries…
All of the “leading states” in this campaign except Vanuatu and Maldives are white majority western countries who got rich off fossil fuel extraction and centuries of colonialism. Curious what their reparations policy is to pay back the global south

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Liberals mocking Trump for Space Force for 3yrs was surreal because every step along the way it was voted on and supported by most Dems and now that Trump’s gone they can stop faking like it’s a wacky one-off lark by Trump but instead a bipartisan handout to weapons contractors Image
Space Force was approved in the Senate 82-8 and the House 377-48! A variation of it had been in the works before Trump, he just latched on to it like a toddler but the basic idea was an inevitable military expansion by two pro military parties
Maddow producer and Daily Show tell us Space Force started “as a joke” by Trump in 2018 which is odd because a bipartisan group in Congress were trying to get the idea passed in fall 2017, the only it was “corps” instead of “force” but it was a new separate branch of the military ImageImageImageImage
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the Howard Dean hate is great but it's useful to note his position, as of now, is exactly that of Biden's who is also not backing a vaccine TRIPS waiver and has signaled several times this past week he has no intention on doing so. For likely the exact same pro-Big Pharma reasons
Opposing IP waivers for covid vaccines is also the position of Bill Gates and, by extension, the 1000s of people on his payroll.

Keep in mind this position is contra that of Doctors Without Borders, Human Rights Watch, and hundreds of progressive groups… ImageImage
Central to Bill Gates' ideology (and his extreme wealth) is the holy sacredness of global IP enforcement. His omnipresent influence on global health policy has resulted in silencing of demands by activists to pushback against the WTO's negative effects on health in poor countries
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Howard Dean’s language is almost exactly what IP enforcement groups and Big Pharma have been arguing for months, point by point. If he’s not technically a lobbyist he sure is acting like one
like they did during the HIV med struggles of the late 90s/early 2000s (and continue to this day still) IP enforcement lobbyists and big Pharma are using not so subtly patronizing and racist arguments that poor countries simply don’t know what’s in their best interests...
They’re arguing that (A) poor countries don’t have the capacity to manufacture these drugs anyway and (B) they’re too stupid to not know they don’t and are wasting time seeking IP waivers. Aside from being EXTREMELY convenient for them, It’s smarmy head-patting racist bullshit
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Awesome framing from Smart Economist Man that positions US as innocent bystander rather than active participant funding and arming one side of widely asymmetrical occupation and ethnic cleansing campaign
One of the more impressive rhetorical scams US/UK press has pulled on media consumers is the idea that the US is some mediator or neutral ref to the Israel-Palestine “conflict” while the US funds the Israeli military to the tune of $3B/yr & offers them unqualified support at UN
From three years ago. “Two state solution” still asymptotic!…
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Clearly a threat. Total mobster shit!
Who is the only party that can plausibly instigate this “backfiring”?? The drugmakers themselves
More thinly veiled threats… Image
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Make no mistake, this is being trotted out as an alternative to demands by global south leaders and progressives in congress that Biden loosen vaccine IP enforcement. Since this is off the table, the NGO industrial complex is called on to contrive a western “charity” narrative
It isn’t just about the IP regime for vaccines being protected, read the handwringing from the US chamber of commerce crowd and their think tank organs: they absolutely don’t want to create a precedent that can erode the sacrosanct status of global IP enforcement.
Once one accepts the premise that IP enforcement is sacrosanct then its slick NGO concern troll time. Reframe the issue as one of logistical hurdles and “corruption” in global south, being benevolently handled by Brussels and Washington.
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