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Plebiscitarianism run amok

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On November 3, 2009

In the process of voting, I find myself pondering “King County Charter Amendment #1: Repeal of Section 350.20.30 and Portions of Article 9 – Transitory Provisions” Here’s the t

As with Michael Gerson on torture, Robert Bernstein believes that some countries should be ipso facto exempt from criticism for human rights abuses: The organization is expressly concerned mainly with how wars are fought, not with motivations. To be sure, even victims of aggression are bound by the laws of war and must do their […]

What "They Called?"

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On July 26, 2009
I can understand the journalistic conventions that avoid characterizing particular views during disputes, but I must admit being amused by the opening paragraph about this story about now-resigned NYU law lecturer Thio Li-ann: A Singapore law professor who was to teach a human rights course at New York University Law School this fall has withdrawn […]

Goldberg on HRW

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On July 17, 2009

Matt Duss has a nice post on Jeffrey Goldberg’s recent silliness regarding Human Rights Watch. Yesterday Goldberg, following up on a WSJ editorial, gave the impression that by talking about thei

Um, no one cares what Jose Maria Aznar thinks, but this is an especially useless effort. The comparisons between Iran and the Soviet Union are delivered with the stupidity that’s customary for the genre; it’s hard, for example, to know where to begin his claim that Western support for Soviet dissidents (a) made Soviet leaders […]
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