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The Politics of Hunger and Borders: Stories from Gaza and Afghanistan

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Past event - 2024
15 May Doors 7pm
Event 7.30pm to 9.15pm
Sekforde Arms, 34 Sekforde Street, Clerkenwell,
London EC1R 0HA
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What are the roles of borders in our modern world and should they be abolished? How has the movement of goods and food been used historically as a method of warfare? Join us for a fascinating night delving into current important topics in international politics: Professor Neve Gordon will trace the history of food insecurity in Gaza and how it has been shaped by Israel's political strategies, while Dr Nivi Manchada will question the role of borders as an oppressive tool, drawing from examples of the Afghan-Pakistan border and the US-Mexico border.

The Road to Famine in Gaza

Dr Neve Gordon (Professor of International Law and Human Rights)
In this talk we will discuss the history of food insecurity in Gaza; how Israel has controlled the movement of goods, and has always counted Palestinian calories in the Gaza Strip. Even as the strategies of control Israel has used over the decades have changed dramatically, following October 7 Israel decided to deprive the Palestinians in Gaza “of objects indispensable to their survival, including wilfully impeding relief supplies,” which is the legal definition of what it means to intentionally use starvation as a method of warfare.

Should All Borders be Abolished?

Dr Nivi Manchanda (Reader in International Politics)
National borders are usually tools of violence that lead to death, destruction, and displacement. This talk looks at how borders function as one way to contain poor people of colour. Drawing on arguments from prison abolition, the role of the family, and histories of enslavement, it argues that whilst doing away with national borders may seem like a corrective to the current unequal world order, it is only one aspect in a larger regime of 'racial capitalism'. This talk draws on two examples from the US-Mexico border and the Afghan-Pakistan border.
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