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Back on twitter. Ecosocialist bluestocking. Immigrant & settler πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¨πŸ‡­πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§. Social ecology & ecological economics in πŸ‡¨πŸ‡­. She/her. Opinions my own.
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Feb 25 β€’ 4 tweets β€’ 1 min read
A bunch of people in replies trying to use the opportunity to dump on Navalny. Let's get things straight. Navalny was not perfect - he was a racist. But he was also an immensely courageous anti-corruption and pro-democracy activist, with more guts than 99.9999% of humanity. He was a hero, flawed as all heroes must be. It should be possible to criticise his major flaws while also recognising his immense qualities, and to mourn him and what his murder means for dissidents and citizens in Russia an beyond.
Feb 17 β€’ 13 tweets β€’ 2 min read
It's becoming clear to me how generalised Western Islamophobia has prevented "us" (media, politicians, public...) from truly understanding the violent, extreme Zionism that rules Israel. For instance:
1⃣ we recognise indoctrination of children by ISIS, but not by Zionist orgs.
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But Zionist organisations teach children false history and indoctrinate them into violence against Palestinians and Arabs more generally.
2⃣ we recognise violent terrorism as 'belonging' to Islam, but we fail to recognise the long patterns of violent terrorism ...
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Feb 14 β€’ 8 tweets β€’ 3 min read
Speaking of UK institutions sliding into fascism, the new social media policy of my former employer, @UniversityLeeds is a piece of work.

Based on this policy, a whole bunch of vital communication would be banned.
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hr.leeds.ac.uk/info/83/social…

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1⃣ Campaigns like fossil fuel divestment could not call out "Petroleum@Leeds", the Leeds institute funded by fossil fuel companies and advancing their interests, since it would (absolutely rightfully) bring the university into disrepute.
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Feb 12 β€’ 13 tweets β€’ 4 min read
Honestly it is hard to do any kind of work right now, between the accelerating of planetary destabilisation and the breakdown of any pretence of international law and human rights.
It's hard to breathe, even.
There has to be a way of working towards good. There has to be.
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One thing that has been very striking is that the neoliberal (or whatever this is) world order is in some ways even worse than aristocracy or theocracy. With aristocracy or theocracy, from time to time, by chance, a few decent people occur who can shift things for the better.
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Feb 4 β€’ 4 tweets β€’ 2 min read
Which is one core reason why the green transition must also be a sufficiency and equity transition: the less energy we use, the less of these minerals need to be dug up.
And also why the database @OurWorldInData should include material use. The choice *NOT* to account ... ... for materials is an explicitly political one. For CO2 emissions, we see some decoupling with GDP, even if it is not universal or fast enough. For materials, there is none. Accounting for materials puts the lie to green growth. Material use is a core part of environmental...
Jan 9 β€’ 13 tweets β€’ 3 min read
3 full months of ACCELERATING genocide in Gaza & there is something that paralyses me: what could possibly ever cause anyone, apart from the most exceptional monster, to justify this?
I know Hannah Arendt answered this question. I know the monster is banal & unexceptional.
A 🧡. I know/knew people who support this. I know/knew people who soft-pedal their criticism out of regard for the perpetrators. I know/knew people who are trying to play 'greater good' long term games in their reasoning. I know/knew people like this. I should understand. I don't.
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Dec 14, 2023 β€’ 5 tweets β€’ 2 min read
Lots of people (not that many actually lol) are asking me my opinion on COP28. Here it is.
1. Loss and Damage fund major breakthrough thanks to Hana Al-Hashimi, no thanks to Al Jaber.
2. OF COURSE fossil fuel companies and petrostates will do everything to stop climate action.
🧡 I wrote about this earlier this year and don't have much to change. ""We continue to witness the rise and triumph of the fossil fuel industry over our societies."

3. I don't want to write about climate any more because the climate science community ...
2/ climatica.lamarea.com/climate-2023-j…
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Dec 10, 2023 β€’ 15 tweets β€’ 3 min read
I have something unformed to say, and it's not safe to speak without the right dose of nuance these days. It makes understanding worse, or entails disproportionate consequences. But here goes:
Palestinians have a right to self defence, including violence. But violence sucks.
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I am seeing a lot of people, both pro-Palestinian and tired/uncreative around climate, advocate for potential further violence as a means to an end. And none of these people have (a) first-hand experience of violence (b) the slightest strategic notion of how it might help irl.
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Nov 18, 2023 β€’ 10 tweets β€’ 3 min read
The @derspiegel hit piece on @GretaThunberg (researched by 6!!! journalists) is sooooo much worse than even its critics are making it out to be. I can't go through the whole thing, it would take waaaay too much time. I'll just cover some parts.
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spiegel.de/international/… While @derspiegel minimizes and glosses over the mass killing of Palestinians in Gaza as "civilians are suffering and dying", it at the same time accuses those who support Palestinian rights of "ignoring" the Oct 7 Hamas massacre "because the victims were Jewish". 🀯🀯🀯
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Nov 15, 2023 β€’ 18 tweets β€’ 4 min read
I am just constantly on the verge of breaking down. The dissonance and horror are too much. What does it even mean to be human if humans willingly inflict so much suffering on others, while others cheer on? What is the actual point?
But you see, there is a point to life.
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I didn't always know what the point of our lives was. But now I do.
Here it is, the secret to life, the universe, and everything:
Humans like, above all, to care for others, and be cared for.
That's it. That's all.
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Nov 14, 2023 β€’ 4 tweets β€’ 1 min read
I don't think there is enough popular awareness that extreme Judaism, example Netanyahu's invocation of Amalek, is EVERY bit just as heinous and violent as extreme Islam, Christian fundamentalism, extreme Hinduism etc.
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motherjones.com/politics/2023/… Extreme Judaism, NOT to be confused with orthodox or reform Judaism, explicitly views non-Jews (and quite often non-conforming Jews) to be non-human, hence unworthy of any rights or consideration, including the right to life.
This is the view of Netanyahu and much of his govt.
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Nov 11, 2023 β€’ 7 tweets β€’ 2 min read
Something I have been thinking about for days and nights this past month: what happens now? We keep struggling and marching and pressuring our complicit leaders, ok - but what else given the collapse of any pretence of international support for human rights, against genocide?
1/ All I can come up with is this: as with all massive global challenges of good vs evil (climate, inequality, neo-colonialism etc), we have to think & work much harder to counter the organised forces of destruction than to demonstrate the necessity/possibility of a better world.
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Oct 29, 2023 β€’ 13 tweets β€’ 3 min read
I have another point to make on Oct 7 and antisemitism. I have several dear, dear friends on the "other" side. They are grievously hurt that their safety and protection, after the Hamas Oct 7 massacre and hostage-taking, isn't being taken to heart by the global left.
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This is another danger. Any incomplete story is a misleading story, leads to false analysis. There is antisemitism on the left, as on the right. I have seen self-styled ecosocialist accounts on here make antisemitic jokes and partake in Oct 7 denial, calling it a "massacre".
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Oct 29, 2023 β€’ 11 tweets β€’ 3 min read
Listen up. Gaza is a blueprint for all of us this century. This is what the first real signal of this new century looks like, out in the open, clear for all to see.
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I am finding it hard to put into words. It is not just the knowledge of deliberate mass death and atrocities being committed: it is the realisation that our goverments are brazenly, proudly, supporting it.
Switzerland cancelled funding for human right NGOs last week ffs.
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Oct 22, 2023 β€’ 5 tweets β€’ 2 min read
Wow. When a third rate, fascist-wannabe German "political columnist" attacks a the daughter of a Holocaust survivor as an "insane antisemitic liar" ... you cannot make this up. Maybe he should lose his job?
My father stood for Palestinian human rights as well, btw. Image He said this after I had the temerity to criticize a thread and published column (!) where he calls for unconditionnal support for Israel and harsh, immediate, repression against any critics. Then he blocked me. His words are here, for all to read.
threadreaderapp.com/thread/1715445…
Oct 3, 2023 β€’ 4 tweets β€’ 2 min read
The only news coverage of the outrageous firing of a climate scientist FOR NOT FLYING I can find is by @juliakconley in @commondreams .

This is ... also outrageous. Why is this not a bigger story, shared more widely by journalists & scientists? πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”
1/ commondreams.org/news/flying-ca…
I think it's because @GGrimalda 's integrity & consistent actions are uncomfortable to many of us. So many academics & even climate activists continue to fly, we make up convenient excuses for ourselves. Dr Grimalda refuses to & his integrity holds up an uncomfortable mirror. 2/
Sep 29, 2023 β€’ 8 tweets β€’ 2 min read
A Terra Nullius of the mind:
When long-termists (& the leftist thinkers who align with them πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ) say that the awakening of human intelligence to its place in the cosmos is the most precious aspect of progress, they are saying no previous cosmic consciousness was worth anything.
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This corresponds to a Terra Nullius of the mind: the idea that previous centuries and millennia of human observation, wonder and imagination are worth nothing because they were not modern, not supported by space-age technology or divided into current scientific disciplines.
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Sep 8, 2023 β€’ 13 tweets β€’ 3 min read
I wanted to not engage, but honestly this kind of nonsense really needs to be called out. There are some people who want to pretend, basically, that socialist cars would be made from fairy dust 🧚🧚🧚 and run on unicorn farts πŸ¦„πŸ¦„πŸ¦„. This is clearly bonkers. Image Yet these people (and there are WAY more than 1, so no picking on MH in particular, m'kay) are often celebrated as Serious Leftist Thinkers, especially in the US.
Aug 23, 2023 β€’ 24 tweets β€’ 6 min read
Occidental culture is fuddled up, and fuddling our entire planet up. This sounds like a woke platitude, but it's fundamental, and has very precise manifestations and implications.
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Thoughts from a #heatwave morning. First disclaimer, still doing twitter right, none of what is written here will be new or original. All comes via Indigenous and/or Global South thinkers, from Robin Wall Kimmerer to Molly Whickam to Amitav Ghosh to NgΕ©gΔ© wa Thiong'o to many others. I am in their forever debt.
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Aug 18, 2023 β€’ 12 tweets β€’ 2 min read
Hi all, I had a nice recent chat with employees & union organisers of [redacted large company name] who want to bring climate & labour together. Through discussion with them, I tried to formulate basic principles of climate-serious companies. What do you think of these?πŸ§΅πŸ‘‡ 1⃣ Getting off fossil-fuels fast. Credible plan for no more gas, oil, coal, within years, not decades.
2⃣ Not simply planning to replace fossil fuels with other so-called "sustainable" fuels, like biofuels or synthfuels or some other bullshit. (Paging @IATA 🀑 lol).
Aug 17, 2023 β€’ 7 tweets β€’ 1 min read
Fun activities: in court to testify for non-violent climate activists facing criminal charges. One woman works with small children, wants to have children herself, her whole life goals and ethos are around care for children. This summer's heatwave sickened the children ... ... in her care. She had spent the spring trying to convince the private company she works for to install shade and cooling for the exposed building, to no avail. The small children were so affected by the heat many had nosebleeds, couldn't rest or sleep, where febrile.