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Skulls, Bones and Human rights

  • January 26, 2012
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I’m a big fan of the Israeli architect and writer Eyal Weizman.  His book Hollow Land: Israel’s Architecture of Occupation (Verso 2007) is a brilliant and revelatory account of the different ways in which Israel has used topography and physical space to  dominate and undermine the Palestinians and enhance its control of the Occupied Territories.

So I was naturally drawn to an essay that Weizman co-authored with Thomas Keenan in the latest issue of Cabinet, the New York-based art and culture magazine,  devoted to the subject of forensics.    It...

Remembering El Mozote

  • January 19, 2012
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Just over thirty years ago, in a three day period from December 10 to 13 1981, a unit of the US-trained elite Atlacatl Battalion massacred more than 1,000 men, women and children in the course of an anti-terrorist limpieza (cleanup) operation in and around the rural  hamlet of El Mozote, in El Salvador’s Morazan...

The Discreet Charm of the Mossad

  • January 12, 2012
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It isn”t difficult to imagine how Western governments would react if a foreign state assassinated its scientists, blew up its military facilities, or carried out bomb attacks on army officers, while heads of that state”s intelligence agency dropped hints that “There are more bullets in the magazine”.

Such actions would be universally condemned as terrorism.  ...

The ‘Angel of Death’ goes down

  • October 27, 2011
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Alfredo Astiz, a former commander in the Argentinian navy known as the ‘Blond Angel of Death’ for his involvement in kidnappings and murders during the Argentinian dictatorship, has just been sentenced to life imprisonment.

Astiz was responsible for kidnapping hundreds of leftists and human rights activists, many of whom were never seen alive.   Among...

Ronald Reagan: man of straw

  • July 05, 2011
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Yesterday’s unveiling of a statue of Ronald Reagan in Grosvenor Square is not so much a tribute to the ‘Special Relationship’ as it is a reminder of the almost total absence of anything resembling a moral compass amongst the political elites on either side of the Atlantic. There is no other explanation for the posthumous...

Feasting in the torture gardens

  • April 04, 2011
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In the torture gardens

Posted on  April 2, 2011 by  Matt

In a  fine piece for TomDispatch, Karen Greenberg, director of  the Center for Law and Security at NYU analyses a recurring theme in post-9/11 rightwing discourse in the United States the idea that liberal “political correctness” and “excessive tolerance” of Islam have combined...

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