Anti-wording paper: NO list of countries.
Fri Apr 28 18:16:42 CDT 2000
I'm working on a topic wording paper against any topic that uses a list of
countries to designate the "place" of Africa in the resolution. If anyone's
interested, contact me.
To begin, a "list" of countries does not come close to approximating Africa.
Having debated the phrase "Africa nations," a list of countries will erase a
number of unique and changing cultural formations. A list of countries
would be a cop-out bordering on racism. The major argument here is that a
series of discrete "governments-as-territories" would hurt overlap, diminish
other agents making up Africa, exclude other areas, and encourage a certain
type of diplomacy. These last few ideas are in development and will appear
in an anti-wording paper.
ps--stephen stetson adds that such a list would replicate the carving up
process that screwed up the African economies in the first place.
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