An airing of Arundahti Roy's acceptance speech, called “Peace…”, on the occasion of accepting the Sydney Peace Prize. It is a seminal speech which explores what War, Peace, Residence, Democracy and Justice are. Roy accomplishes this by addressing the history of the Iraq War, The Bechtel Group, US Foreign Policy and US and Indian Democracy. The speach is 54:54 min long but is worth every minute. It is a powerful speech and a must listen.
This speech has a 5:00 min lead in which adresses the history of the Sydney Peace Prize.
Short Quote from speech:
"So what does peace mean in this savage, corporatized, militarized world? What does it mean in a world where an entrenched system of appropriation has created a situation in which poor countries which have been plundered by colonizing regimes for centuries are steeped in debt to the very same countries that plundered them, and have to repay that debt at the rate of 382 billion dollars a year? What does peace mean in a world in which the combined wealth of the world's 587 billionaires exceeds the combined gross domestic product of the world's 135 poorest countries? Or when rich countries that pay farm subsidies of a billion dollars a day, try and force poor countries to drop their subsidies? What does peace mean to people in occupied Iraq, Palestine, Kashmir, Tibet and Chechnya? Or to the aboriginal people of Australia? Or the Ogoni of Nigeria? Or the Kurds in Turkey? Or the Dalits and Adivasis of India? What does peace mean to non-muslims in Islamic countries, or to women in Iran, Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan? What does it mean to the millions who are being uprooted from their lands by dams and development projects? What does peace mean to the poor who are being actively robbed of their resources and for whom everyday life is a grim battle for water, shelter, survival and, above all, some semblance of dignity? For them, peace is war."
A transcript to the speech can be found at http://www.cryaboutit.com/deaddog/GreatThinkers/peace.html
Bio and a full collection of Arundahti Roy's speeches/essays/videos can be found at: http://www.cryaboutit.com/deaddog/GreatThinkers/arundhati_roy.htm
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