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

Tiger mothers, their cubs and the kind of success that means nothing.

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There has recently been much controversy over a book on parenting written by Amy Chua, The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. I’m not going give you a synopsis because many have already… Continue reading

What the Sheriff Said

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Following the shootings in Tucson, Arizona, sheriff Clarence Dupnik made a surprisingly uncharacteristic statement to the press directly following the event: “The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country… Continue reading

An Open Letter to President Obama

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Dear President Obama, It would be very easy for me to quote your own words back at you on the subject of free speech, on the importance of the free flow of information,… Continue reading

The Morality of Altitude & The Culture of Fear

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A Culture of Information Privilege “The term ‘the morality of altitude’ was coined to apply to bomber pilots who released their payloads on victims they couldn’t see, without ever feeling any sense of… Continue reading

Losing the Plot and Shooting the Messenger: Wikileaks and the Pretence of Ignorance

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One of the most disturbing aspects of the recent Wikileaks crisis has been watching adults holding high office and other educated and rational people shoot the messenger. Journalists, corporations, politicians, academics… all who… Continue reading

Delicious: The Wikileaks Cable Collection on Kindle at Amazon

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Really, you don’t believe me? WikiLeaks documents expose US foreign policy conspiracies. All cables with tags from 1- 5000 [Kindle Edition] Heinz Duthel (Author) Available on these devices * Text-to-Speech: Enabled * Don’t… Continue reading