Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Oxfamished. posted by Richard SeymourOxfam's use of sweatshop labour and its attempts to NewLabourise the anticapitalist movement through its involvement in Make Poverty History was one thing. Its refusal to accept a massive donation from Ted Honderich was an unsurprising instance of political timidity and cynicism. It's alliance with the World Bank was more of the same.
So, who can be surprised that they are applauding the appointment of an ignorant racist who oversaw massive corruption in the Iraq 'reconstruction' programme as the US envoy to Darfur? This guy who literally thinks Africans don't know the time of day, and who helped promote US imperial priorities in Haiti and Palestine is Oxfam's choice to represent American humanitarianism in Darfur. Sadly, they're not being satirical.