Monthly Archives: March 2014

A great blog on human rights

Filip Spagnoli is a “writer and philosopher” who writes a very good blog on human rights around the world. If you are interested in these matters follow his blog. I do.  Here is the link to his blog.    

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Short-term thinking in Libya hurts diplomacy elsewhere.

Why has Russia blocked UN Security Council’s authorization of force to stop bloodshed in Syria. There are several obstacles to the resolution of the Syrian Civil War (mutual fear among ethnic groups, Iran’s patronage of Assad, rise of Islamist radicals), … Continue reading

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How many slaves are there in the world?

Statistics on human rights violations are difficult to collect (perpetrators hide their actions and victims may be too ashamed or afraid to come forward), but they also matter, because they tell us which problems are the most severe and therefore … Continue reading

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Has the Term “Human Rights” Become Excessively Broad?

Defining “human rights” is a tricky subject; that is why we spend the first week in class on precisely that. Leaving some rights out may give license and cover to oppressors. On the other hand, including too many rights can … Continue reading

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Can Donors Remain Impartial in Conflict Regions?

Can actors remain “impartial” while providing the most basic types of aid (such as food and medicine) to civilians stuck in conflict zones? I am becoming increasingly skeptical that they can. Here is why: Civilians need food and medicine desperately, … Continue reading

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