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Animated video on trends in war and casualties over time

Below is the link to a 15-min video that (i) first dissects the number of soldier and civilian casualties in different countries during World War II, and (ii) then compares the number of dead in WW2 to other conflicts before … Continue reading

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Market Forces and Improving Labour Conditions

How much can we improve labour conditions? In an earlier post I noted this is a very complicated issue and leads to several more specific questions including this: “if a firm responds to higher labor costs by switching to labor-saving technology … Continue reading

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Humane Work Conditions and Fair Trade in a Global Economy

The mining disaster this week in Turkey (read here) is very sad and related to the discussion we had in class last week about the influence of activists on labor conditions in developing countries. Can “naming and shaming” transnational firms like Starbucks or … Continue reading

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“Syrian refugees in TR begin to wear out their welcome”

Most of the time human rights violations hurt only the victims of repression (as in North Korea), but Syria shows that the effects can sometimes spill over geographically and even across borders. Since the civil war began in 2011 millions … Continue reading

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“Whataboutism”

Repressive regimes often reply to criticism by pointing out that their critics behave in “seemingly” similar ways. For instance, during the Cold War Soviets responded to US reports about their widespread human rights violations by highlighting racism in the US … Continue reading

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Guest lecturer on IR 389

Exciting news! This week Ayse Yircali, the executive director of TESEV, will visit Human Rights in World Affairs. TESEV is one of the most prominent NGO’s in Turkey and has published several important studies on topics ranging from democratization and … Continue reading

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More on the dilemmas facing humanitarian workers in conflict zones

A while back I wrote about the difficulty for third-parties of remaining neutral/impartial in conflict zones (here). These debates flare mostly in the context of the war in Syria. Yesterday there were more news on the dilemmas that humanitarian workers … Continue reading

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