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The Representation of the Non-Conformist as a Health Threat

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I’m finding it interesting that in both the NY Zucotti Park ‘Occupy Wall Street’ clearing and the more recent incidents that took place at UC Davis, people in positions of authority have used… Continue reading

#PennState : A Study in Prestige, Power and the Abrogation of Responsibility

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On a March evening in 2002, Mike McQueary –  then a 28 year old graduate assistant – walked into a locker room at Penn State and witnessed an adult man, Jerry Sandusky, raping… Continue reading

Debt Ceilings and Democracy

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Democracy is both a powerful and fragile thing. There are many countries in the world with newly hatched democracies that struggle to really be democratic because of rampant and deeply entrenched corruption, because… Continue reading

Super-injunctions and the Speed of Twitterlight

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I just finished watching a Dateline London round table discussion on the BBC with a group of journalists discussing the issue of super-injunctions and how technologies like twitter can render these kind of… Continue reading

Party Poopers and the Curse of Legacies.

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Am I glad that Osama Bin Laden is dead? Well, let’s put it this way: I’m glad he’s not free to inspire another little Muslim boy to strap a suicide vest around himself… Continue reading

Present and Engaged: It’s about Trust, Stupid

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My workplace has recently gone through a lot of changes. The old guard leave, the new guard arrive, they want to make their mark, set their tone, achieve their objectives. Of course, you… Continue reading

Libya: the West’s Response

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I’ve been concerned in recent days about the number of twitterers, journalists, and commentators from the Middle East who want to see Europe and the US materially or militarily involved in Libya. What… Continue reading

Guantanamo, Manning & the Myth of Patriotism

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In response to Daniel Ellsberg’s post ‘The Shameful Abuse of Bradley Manning‘. “The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons” Dostoyevsky There are many critics of the… Continue reading

Social Order & the Expectation of Justice: The Death of Zhao Wei

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China’s central committee should spend less time worrying about what its citizens are reading on the internet or the threat of a jasmine revolution and more time worrying about the fact that its… Continue reading

Lara Logan, Women Covering Conflict and the Myth of the Press as Observer

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As a woman, I was disgusted and angry to hear about Lara Logan’s sexual assault and beating during the Tahrir Square protests in Cairo. I am also pretty disgusted by people who, albeit… Continue reading