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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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Human Rights and American Politics: The Surprising Case of Bernie Sanders :( March 24, 2016


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Human Rights and American Politics

The Surprising Case of Bernie Sanders (March 24, 2016)

Abstract: The democratic socialist Bernie Sanders has been one of the surprises of the American electoral season. Not the least of the surprises Sanders has brought is relatively frequent allusion to human rights principles – unusual in otherwise generally-exceptionalist America.

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