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13 Acts of Academic Journalism and Historical Commentary on Human Rights

Opinions, Interventions and the Torsions of Politics


Ben Dorfman

Constituted of a range of essays, the present volume addresses a variety of contemporary and historical events from human rights perspectives. Taking on issues from the American presidential election to North Korean missile tests to terrorism and «civilizational» conflict to Cold War history, the current collection seeks to speak plainly by combining academic convention with a «feuilleton» style. Aimed at students and the public as much as other academics, the essays in this book seek to make rights concepts concrete by speaking to the issues through which they become salient: international conflict, social justice problems and the historical scenes that ask us to realize all human beings’ equality and dignity – an equality and dignity this book seeks to promote.

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Bombing IS: The Battle for Kobani :( October 14, 2014


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Bombing IS

The Battle for Kobani (October 14, 2014)

Abstract: What does action against Islamic State look like from a human rights perspective? Complex. On one hand, IS rights violations should not be brooked (whose should?). On the other hand, the violence of intervention may always mean rights violations – a point which rights advocates need to take seriously.

“Location Syria. Green Pin on the Map.” © Zerophoto / 79754658

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