Category Archives: Democracy & Human Rights

Free Hate

In the case of Charlie Hebdo, the facts were clear: Charlie was irreverent in its treatment of all that is allegedly holy. If some of its critics thought that its editors and cartoonists were motivated by hate and that they have singled out Islam, a close examination of Charlie’s coverage over the years unequivocally fails to bear out this claim.

Non, « Charlie Hebdo » n’est pas obsédé par l’islam - LE MONDE | 24.02.2015
Non, « Charlie Hebdo » n’est pas obsédé par l’islam - LE MONDE | 24.02.2015

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Baltimore and Ferguson: my two Syrian cents on an all-American issue

The problem highlighted by the current riots in Baltimore and the earlier riots in Ferguson cannot be reduced to the casual observation that mostly black neighborhoods cannot be effectively policed by a mostly white police force. Due to its more intimate knowledge of the local communities, a mostly black police force can be as equally oppressive in its tactics if not more so, unless the real problems are addressed.

Maryland state troopers stand guard near a CVS pharmacy that was burned to the ground on April 27, 2015 during rioting after the funeral of Freddie Gray, April 28, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Maryland state troopers stand guard near a CVS pharmacy that was burned to the ground on April 27, 2015 during rioting after the funeral of Freddie Gray, April 28, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

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Intervention & R2P

If noting the geopolitical nature of the motives involved behind a country’s external adventurism is to be treated as sufficient factor for legitimizing that country’s behavior, then, no country can be ever be faulted or condemned for its adventurism, be it an Iran, a Russia, a China, a France or a United States. As such, those who insist on justifying Iran, Russia or China’s adventurism while condemning France’s or America’s reveal their ideological slant and hypocrisy. If one is truly opposed to intervention in the “internal” affairs of other states one has to do it across the board, and not play favorites.

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Europe & Its Migration Dilemma

Europe should take the lead in trying to tackle the issue of illegal migration. The best approach that I can see is for her to embark alongside regional and international partners on launching a variety of peacekeeping missions in a number of conflict and disaster- stricken zones. Such approach, and while initially controversial and bound to raise accusations of neocolonialism in certain circles, will prove far more cost-effective on the long run in both material and humanitarian terms than the current policy of indifference and inaction, or a futile policy of trying to police the shores.

Migrants come to shore at Zefyros beach on the Greek island of Rhodes after their sailboat capsized on April 20. Most of the migrants managed to swim safely to the beach with the assistance of locals.
Migrants come to shore at Zefyros beach on the Greek island of Rhodes after their sailboat capsized on April 20. Most of the migrants managed to swim safely to the beach with the assistance of locals.

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