Justice (and its lack)
Snapshots of the deepening fortress world
Detecting a dictatorship (Anjan Sundaram's talk at the 2016 Oslo Freedom Forum)
Calls mount for independent autopsy of slain Rwandan Green Party leader (2010)
Victoire Ingabire (pic to right)
Rwanda leader's jail term raised (2013)
Her conditions in prison and recent health (2016)
"Bad News: Last Journalists in a Dictatorship" (book by Anjan Sundaram) (book review in The Guardian, 2016) "Anjan Sundaram’s exposé of Paul Kagame’s network of fear in Rwanda is required reading – not least by donors in the west"
Rwanda’s Untold Story (vimeo, I hour, BBC - 2014)
"Dictator in Disguise" (Paul Kagame) (Harvard Political Review) (2016)
"Kagame's Economic Mirage" (book by David Himbara, 2016)
The president of this overcrowded, desperately unequal country has admitted himself killed numerous people without proof, or court, ushering 6,000 copycat crimes and desperately overcrowded jails (see image) To what extent is the drug epidemic a symptom of this overcrowding and inequality? And, what has happened to Catholic morals there? Pope Francis, so good on the environment, did try to suggest that people need not breed like rabbits (after a visit to this benighted land). Slowing population growth in climate change vulnerable places, such as the Philippines, would also be good for adaptation.
The general argument: loss of freedom in our ecologically-constrained world
In 2015 we (Helen Walls, Jane Dixon, Indira Samarawickrema and the Society, Culture and Health at NCEPH at the ANU, plus myself) published a paper called "Implications of ‘structure versus agency’ for addressing health and well-being in our ecologically-constrained world" in the International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, (Vol 8 pp 47-69). It's behind a paywall, but one of its key points is that as limits to growth tighten, freedom for all will be reduced. (Abstract below).
Several examples are on this page: Rwanda and the Philippines, Another is Miami. There is a documentary called "We as a people will become afraid of the ocean' about the inexorable sea level rise and its effect in Florida. At its end, Professor Wanless (Professor of Geological Sciences at the University of Miami) warns that, perhaps by 2050, many people from Florida will become like Okies - that is, wandering the US, penniless, looking for a home, having lost their assets in Florida (no doubt with profound global financial flow-ons). Yet, today, property prices in Florida continue to boom. This illustrates another loss of freedom - millions of investors, collectively, are walking into a gigantic financial trap, due to the "echo chamber" of a poor understanding of science (and limited education). They lack the freedom to know what is going on - even though they think they are making independent decisions.
** Our abstract read: "The long-standing debate in public health and the wider society concerning the implications of structure and agency for health and well-being generally concludes that structure powerfully influences agency, and does so unequally, exacerbating social and health inequities. In this article, we review this debate in the context of increasing environmental degradation and resource depletion. As the global population rises and environmental resources per person shrink, conflicts over the underlying factors contributing to human health and well-being may intensify. A likely result of nearing limits is a further constraint of agency, for both rich and poor, and greater social and health inequities, including gender inequities."