A recent World Bank report on the tsunami gives us reason to be vigilant to the forces of corporate globalization using aid as a pretext to advance their agenda.
The tsunami that occurred in December 2004 was clearly one of the deadliest natural disasters the world has seen in recent times. Resulting in over 300,000 deaths, hundreds of thousands more displaced, and massive infrastructure destruction, there is no doubt that concerted and long-term attention needs to be paid to the rebuilding of the affected communities.
Naomi Klein, in a recent issue of The Nation, describes "the rise of a predatory form of disaster capitalism that uses the desperation and fear created by catastrophe to engage in radical social and economic engineering." The crisis resulting from the earthquake and tsunami in southeast Asia is a stunning illustration of the mushrooming of disaster capitalism. The tsunami was devastating, killing as many as 300,000 people.
Young South Asians protest outside of a Los Angeles hotel when the South Asian Students Association refused to move their conference and dismissed calls for solidarity with boycotting hotel workers advocating for equitable working conditions.
The U.S. slams its doors in the face of one of the architects of the 2002 Gujarat pogroms—and activists from the South Asian diaspora helped set the stage. Sapna Gupta outlines the strategies and victories of the Campaign Against Genocide.
Mukhtar Mai was gang-raped on orders of a tribal court and then paraded naked in town. Rather than suffering in silence, she’s taking her rapists to court, challenging Pakistan’s laws, patriarchal norms, cultural practices and social taboos.