The Light of History: Reflections on Durban and September 11th

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Linda Burnham draws out the underlying messages we need to learn from Durban and from the US response to September 11th. While asking us to keep our hopes and our dreams for change, steady souls and spirits, she also asks us to pause at the history of racism and colonialism that is still informing our world. And turning to September 11th, she asks just how it was possible that it took only two weeks of the Twin Towers tragedy for the US airline industry to squeeze US$15 billion out of the federal budget. Tellingly, she asks just what could have been done with that US$15 billion towards solving the disease, poverty and insecurity of the world's poor.Development (2002) 45, 76–79. doi:10.1057/palgrave.development.1110355

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1Women of Color Resource Center, USA

Publication date: June 1, 2002

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