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Even Humanitarian Aid Threatens Israel: Anybody Still Buying This?

Publié le 2 juin, 2010 | Pas de commentaires
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Even Humanitarian Aid Threatens Israel:  Anybody Still Buying This?

The damage-control – make that cover-up – of Israel’s latest massacre of Gaza, this time at sea, (everywhere absurdly being called a « raid »), began as soon as the reporting started. On day one, reports of as many as 19 dead were circulating; the NY Times later downgraded it to “at least nine”, and by today […]

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 […]

Still Mad After All These Years

Publié le 1 septembre, 2008 | Pas de commentaires
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Still Mad After All These Years

‘Mad,’ ‘Psychiatric Survivor,’ ‘Crazy,’ ‘Lunatic,’ and ‘Inmate’ are terms being (re)claimed by those who are a part of a human rights movement resisting ‘normal’ culture and reformulating what it means to be a person who has been labeled and treated as crazy. Two separate events – one in July, the other in September – will […]

Politics and Sport: An Incompatible Duo

Publié le 1 juin, 2008 | Pas de commentaires
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Politics and Sport: An Incompatible Duo

With time running down to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, international political pressure has increased on China to assume accountability for its poor human rights record, domestically and abroad. While the media contemplates the appropriateness of sport and politics as bedfellows, a more pertinent question should be whether the symbolic actions taken in the […]

Kosovo: Reconsidering Independence

Publié le 1 mars, 2008 | Pas de commentaires
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Kosovo: Reconsidering Independence

The news outlets have lately been busily covering the Serbian province of Kosovo and its unilateral declaration of independence. Implicitly pre-established images of Serbia—evoking war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and, most horribly, genocide—have been used by Western politicians to secure public support to recognize the self-proclaimed state. However, when the claims of genocide are closely examined […]

Archives Without Borders

Publié le 1 septembre, 2007 | Pas de commentaires
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Archives Without Borders

Since the 1980s we have seen the rise of forensic-based human rights organizations working to scientifically document crimes against humanity on an international scale. It is perhaps too early to tell what effect the conjunction of scientific data and eyewitness testimony will have on historical writing. However, discernible changes are already apparent with regard to […]