What does a mother say when her son's just been convicted of 15 racist murders? (This is not a comfortable read.)
13 February 2012
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And what do you say to Cuban
students, "disoriented progressives", who think that Ahmadinejad
is an anti-imperialist hero, if you yourself are a dissident Iranian journalist
who hates imperialism, but knows the true nature of the Iranian regime? Here
is Soheil Asefi's remarkable response.
Not that attacking Iran is likely to
help destabilise the regime - don't forget how much the Iran/Iraq war
strengthened the Islamic revolution, warns Annie Tracy Samuel.
And not that peacebuilding has been
so successful as a European export industry either, argues Dan Smith. Maybe we
should turn it within, he thinks in this essay that
opens oD's new peacebuilding addition to our Security coverage.
We've even managed to militarise
international sports events, as Christopher McMichael shows us happened
under FIFA's watch in South Africa and is now happening under the IOC's in
London and Rio.
There's a parable of how one might
respond to all these big guns in an engaging account of
the Brazilian slave-culture-derived dance-cum-martial-art, Capoeira -
"deceit, ambush, surprise and treason".
Mindless murder of the sort we
started with is the kind of thing one of Michel Houellebecq's characters might
engage in if he could ever find the motivation to do it. But is there a glimmer
of optimism in the last book of this famously misanthropic author one should
have read? Spare yourself the trouble, and read the review essay by James Warner.
And what side is Hacktivism on in all
this: the optimism of new possibilities, as James Mackay argues? Or
the forces of destruction, as Tony Curzon Price argues in
an interview with Albert Wenger about SOPA and the black-out.
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