"In Delhi, of 635 rape cases reported in the first 11 months of last year, only one ended in conviction.” -Kristof"
"By their inaction in the face of massacre after massacre and killing after killing, Pakistan’s political leaders, law enforcement agencies, judiciary and military are presiding over a collective failure to address the growing perception that they are either in sympathy with Sunni extremists or utterly incompetent, and unable to provide basic security.” —Human Rights Watch (quoted by Kamila Shamsie)"
"Print was expensive, print was specialized, and back in the age of print, what choice did we have? We have a choice now. Everything, everything, about the production of scholarship can be supported by consortial funds within academia. The major added value is provided by scholars, again largely for free, in the work of peer review. We could put the publishers who refuse to be partners in an open world of inquiry out of business tomorrow, and the only cost to academics would be the loss of some names for journals. Every journal we have can just have another name and be essentially the same thing."
"Another [eco-pragmatist] is Emma Marris, author of the critically acclaimed Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World. She argues that “we must temper our romantic notion of untrammeled wilderness” and embrace the jumbled bits and pieces of nature that are all around us—in our backyards, in city parks, and farms."
Eco-pragmatism appeals to me with South Asia and East Asia in mind. The American form of environmentalism (more nature, less people) doesn’t work there. In its purist form, it can be socially unjust — putting the survival of animals before the needs of human beings.