Not good enough…but an unexpected start

By: Friday April 25, 2014 1:30 am

One of the truly under-reported human rights tragedies of the 20th Century was the Armenian Genocide undertaken by the then Ottoman Empire (soon to be Turkey) under the rule of the “Young Turks”. In a great swatch of ethnic cleansing that served as a model/inspiration for the Nazis a generation later, thousands of Armenians were butchered and then the remainder were forced into the desolate interior of Anatolia where a great many perished via starvation, disease, or violence.


FDL Book Salon Welcomes Ben Freeman, The Foreign Policy Auction: Foreign Lobbying in America

By: Sunday December 2, 2012 1:59 pm

In The Foreign Policy Auction: Foreign Lobbying in America, Freeman unpacks the ways in which governments from around the world attempt to use finance capital to ensure that the sausage factory on Capitol Hill churns out American foreign policy in their favor. The book is unrelentingly thorough, engaging, and sober. “There is no arch-villain here,” Freeman warns at the start, “no dark lord, no one to unmask at the end of the show. There are only politicians seeking reelection, lobbyists seeking more revenue, and foreign governments competing for influence over the most influential government the world has ever known.”

Saturday Art: The Right of Return, by Doc Jazz

By: Saturday November 24, 2012 12:45 pm

The music of Tariq Shadid, a Palestinian surgeon, who goes by the nom de web of Doc Jazz, is quite varied. A self-taught musician, his unique take on aspects of the Palestinian diaspora is gaining traction on the web, and in the Low Countries. Although recently primarily based in the Netherlands, Doc Jazz has worked in the Gulf States, and was in the USA this fall, performing benefits. Here is what Doc Jazz wrote about a benefit in Anaheim on October 18, 2012, for the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund.

Sunday Late Night: No More Fabulousness

By: Sunday August 5, 2012 8:01 pm

No more art, no more music, no more fashion, no more fabulousness, no more brunch, no more Cosmos, no more gorgeous Olympic divers: why? Because no more gay babies.

Dumb And Dumbest

By: Tuesday June 19, 2012 6:01 pm

So, apparently Not-Joe The Not-Plumber is running for Congress, and based on this campaign video he appears to believe that: 1) Obama and the Democrats are on the verge of implementing draconian gun control. 2) Gun control is a precursor to genocide. 3) If not for gun control, Jews and Armenians would have been armed [...]

The Problem with Drones for Human Rights

By: Tuesday February 7, 2012 11:20 am

Humanitarians are taking an interest in how unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones could be used to protect human rights in countries all over the world. In particular, those who believe in preventing massacres or genocide are suggesting surveillance drones be considered as a tool that organizations could deploy to save lives. But there are numerous practical and ethical problems with going down this road.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Juan E. Mendez and Marjory Wentworth, Taking a Stand: The Evolution of Human Rights

By: Saturday December 3, 2011 1:59 pm

What could possibly make a human being torture another human being?

That’s a question that, as a young boy, I recall asking my grandparents—Holocaust survivors—after they described to me in vivid detail the torture they and other members of my extended family were subjected to by the Nazis during World War II.

It’s a question I returned to earlier this year when I had the opportunity to interview a veteran of the US Army Reserves who was torn up about the torture he says he witnessed and participated in against some “war on terror” detainees while serving as a guard at the Guantanamo Bay prison facility. [That guard, Pfc. Albert Melise, has since been barred from reenlistment for speaking to me.]

Hope You Like My Genocide

By: Wednesday November 9, 2011 7:07 pm

The Washington Post’s Omblogger wonders if a reporter tweeting about a vile post about feeding Palestinians to sharks, among other things has crossed the line. Ya think?

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Andrew Kolin, State Power and Democracy: Before and During the Presidency of George W. Bush

By: Sunday May 15, 2011 1:59 pm

This compelling book traces the history of the assault on democracy and the rise of a police state that reached its zenith in the George W. Bush administration. From the war on communism, to the war on labor, to the war terrorism, our government has used surveillance, preventive detention, torture, and a climate of fear to consolidate its power and neutralize dissent. Under the guise of nurturing democracy at home and abroad, the U.S. government has actually undermined it.

Massacre Discovered in One Ivory Coast Town Amidst Fierce Fighting in Abidjan

By: Sunday April 3, 2011 5:00 pm

The hopes that Laurent Gbagbo would go quietly from Ivory Coast after forces loyal to the Presidential rival Alassane Ouattara marched into the commercial capital of Abidjan have faded. Gbagbo issued a call to arms for his supporters, and Gbagbo’s loyalists retook the state television station and swarmed a bridge leading to the Presidential palace.

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