Category Archives: Human Rights

Thoughts of the Day 9

In Bolivia, I spoke with a lawyer about feminicidios, the killing of women by their partners, which carries a higher sentence than a “regular” homicide. Out of curiosity, I looked up the figure for Germany – and was shocked: 331 … Continue reading

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“Slaves came to America to pursue prosperity and happiness”

This is what Ben Carson, the new US Secretary for Housing and Urban Development, said today, calling African slaves “immigrants who worked even harder”. During the Republican primaries, I referred to Ben Carson as the most stupid candidate, despite the … Continue reading

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Fascism, we’re on the way.

This poster was for sale at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. until recently. It no longer is for sale now.

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First they came …

First they came for the scientists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a scientist. Then they came for the journalists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a journalist. Then they came for … Continue reading

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Persecution of Lawyers in South America

Persecution of lawyers has a long history in South America. From Marie Arana’s biography Bolívar – American Liberator: Bolívar was handed an agitated letter from Páez, reporting the miserable state of affairs in Venezuela. “Your cannot imagine how ruinous the … Continue reading

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How Social Media made the World better

Two cities walk into a bar. Says Srebrenica: “I was so unlucky that my massacre already took place in 1995. A few years later, and the internet would have saved us. My people could have alerted the world about the … Continue reading

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Elie Wiesel, 1928-2016

We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. I highly recommend Elie Wiesel’s book Night, a short but powerfully moving biography-novel.

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