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IF YOU THINK THIS IS ALARMIST, YOU’RE NOT PAYING ATTENTION: SOLIDARITY IS THE ONLY WAY FORWARD

Publié le 27 février, 2011 | 4 commentaires
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IF YOU THINK THIS IS ALARMIST, YOU’RE NOT PAYING ATTENTION:  SOLIDARITY IS THE ONLY WAY FORWARD

For thirty years, the U.S. citizen has been conditioned little by little, to accept less. Less protection from unions, less protection from polluters, less protection from bankers and the financial sector, less actual work from the government, less leadership from elected officials, less transparency, less employment opportunity, less in medical and preventative health care, less […]

La guerre, la guerre, toujours la guerre…

Publié le 28 juin, 2010 | 1 commentaire
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La guerre, la guerre, toujours la guerre…

Voici comment David A. Bell qualifie la guerre dans on ouvrage qui vise à repenser notre vision du concept de guerre totale à travers la Révolution française et le règne de Napoléon : « It is something ordinary, wheter we like it or not, and it is all too likely to remain so. What therefore […]

La guerre, la guerre…

Publié le 8 juin, 2010 | Pas de commentaires
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La guerre, la guerre…

« But mankind’s relations with war are full of paradoxes and surprises. » Tiré de Geoffrey Best, War and Society in Revolutionary Europe, 1770-1870, London, Fontana, 1982, p. 106. Voilà une affirmation qui résume très efficacement l’expérience des guerres modernes, Best traitant ici des guerres révolutionnaires françaises de la fin du 18e siècle jusqu’à 1815. […]

QUAGMIRE QUESTIONNAIRE: Can We Believe ANYTHING We’re Being Told About Afghanistan?

Publié le 12 avril, 2010 | Pas de commentaires
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QUAGMIRE QUESTIONNAIRE:  Can We Believe ANYTHING We’re Being Told About Afghanistan?

In an article titled, Hamid Karzai’s Rebellion, Robert Dreyfuss of The Nation reports: “President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, the almost classic definition of a pawn […in] a series of angry, frustrated outbursts, […] has declared that the United States is acting like an invader and occupier, that ‘there is a thin curtain between invasion and […]

Civilization vs. Brutalization: Countdown to Armageddon

Publié le 4 avril, 2010 | Pas de commentaires
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Civilization vs. Brutalization:  Countdown to Armageddon

Over the past months the world has been watching the Americans, and especially President Barack Obama, to see if democracy and the rule of law will continue to decompose in the tomb or resurrect and shine. So far, it doesn’t look good. Violence against women increases world-wide, new laws being made to marginalize and control […]

No Child’s Play: Omar Khadr’s Detention and Its Consequences

Publié le 1 septembre, 2008 | Pas de commentaires
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No Child’s Play: Omar Khadr’s Detention and Its Consequences

Omar Khadr’s detention at Guantanamo Bay raises a number of issues. Whether or not he is guilty of the charges he stands accused of, the circumstances and legality of his detainment shake the very foundations of justice that are allegedly being protected. Furthermore, the silence of the Canadian government on the matter betrays Canadian principles […]

Our Hope for Justice: Aristotle, Hobbes, and the War on Terror

Publié le 1 avril, 2008 | Pas de commentaires
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Our Hope for Justice: Aristotle, Hobbes, and the War on Terror

The War on Terror presents an interesting if difficult case for applying classic notions of justice to the idea of war. To try and resolve some of these difficulties, it may help to look back to the political philosophy of Aristotle and Hobbes, who, in similar ways, address problems inherent in the pursuit of justice […]