Posted at 3:32 PM , on September 4, 2013
Jean Bricmont’s powerful Humanitarian Imperialism is a timely critique of Western interventionism — that which is argued as being for the sake of human rights and which has been a subject of great debate as of late due to US military involvement across much of the Middle East – North Africa (et al.).
Humanitarian interventionism is defined by Bricmont as follows:
“…[that] which concedes much too much to the idea that our “universal values” give us the right and even the duty to intervene elsewhere…” (page 10)
Bricmont argues within the first chapter that the manner in which war has been legitimized as of late is no longer by way of Christianity or “white man’s burden” but “a certain discourse on human rights and democracy [...] which justifies Western interventions in the Third World in the name of defence of democracy and human rights.”
Posted at 3:34 AM , on May 27, 2012
Amnesty International, the most renowned non-governmental organisation focused on human rights, has had what seems to be its latest advertisement campaign, on behalf of Afghan women, circulated, widely, and immense and much deserved controversy has accompanied it.
“NATO: Keep The Progress Going!” reads the outdoor poster, announcing Amnesty International’s ‘shadow summit for Afghan women‘; this blatantly colonial feminist message has caused Amnesty International to face tremendous backlash, at least briefly.
Guests of the shadow summit ‘for Afghan women’ included none other than Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright. The same sanction-defending, ‘the price (read: a half million dead Iraqi children) was worth it’ Madeline Albright. The practitioner of humanitarian militarism herself. Continue reading
Posted at 11:52 PM , on March 30, 2012
Yalda Hakim of Australia’s SBS network is the first western journalist to visit the villages of Afghanistan where a U.S. soldier killed 17 Afghan civilians.
Survivors of the attack allege that there was not simply one “rogue soldier”, US Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, a story which much of the mainstream media is peddling; instead, the survivors, some of whom are children, claim there were more soldiers present that bloody morning
“Do you know where your father is?” a voice off-screen asks.
“He died”, replies the small Afghan child.
“How did he die?”
“The Americans.” Continue reading
Posted at 12:43 AM , on March 17, 2012
Staff Sgt Robert Bales, the American soldier allegedly behind the killing of 16 Afghan villagers in the sanctuary of their beds, most of them women and children, on March 11 is now on his way to the United States:
“An American soldier suspected of shooting 16 civilians in Afghanistan on Sunday is being moved to a military base in Kansas, US officials say. Kuwait confirms the combatant suspected in the Afghan killings has left the country after a stopover.
The soldier is expected to arrive at Fort Leavenworth on Friday afternoon, says his civilian attorney, John Henry Browne. According to Browne, his defendant could be tried at any major US garrison, but Afghanistan as an option is ruled out.” Continue reading