A War for Human Rights?

Originally published by The Political Bouillon on December 8, 2012. Republished on Global Research as Destroying Libya: A War for “Human Rights”? Adapted, translated and republished  on Tiempos de furia as ¿Qué pasó en Libia? SOS por un país arrasado The war in Libya never happened. At least that is what one might think, considering the dearth of serious analysis […]

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Libya: Imperial Humanists and Helpless Others

[…continued from the previous article; see the list of related articles at the bottom of this page, plus information on the latest book, Slouching Towards Sirte] The empire that speaks of “dignity” first invented the image of the helpless Libyan begging for us to “stop standing idly by”—because we, in the West, are tasked with […]

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Libya: Empire or Dignity

[Part 6 of 6 of my series on “Dignity,” this article is itself divided up into a series of articles, each one partly derived and adapted from my book on NATO’s war against Libya. See the bottom of the articles for more details.] “May God bless them,” U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke with […]

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A Tear for Africa: Humanitarian Abduction and Reduction

Helpless, pleading, wanting, needing, small, weak, staring at you, black–this is the anti-bogeyman invented by Western humanitarianism, what passes as morality in the ideology of empire (yet again). Past the time of a London Missionary Society, we now have the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), the moral dogma of a white, western elite that projects its […]

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Noam Chomsky: Dialogue on the Responsibility to Protect

UN Address: Dialogue on the Responsibility to Protect By Noam Chomsky ZNet un.org/ga/president/63/interactive/protect/noam.pdf August 8, 2009 [Address to the United Nations General Assembly Thematic Dialogue on the Responsibility to Protect, the United Nations, New York, 23 July 2009] The discussions about Responsibility to Protect (R2P), or its cousin “humanitarian intervention,” are regularly disturbed by the […]

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R2P: Responsibility to Protect

Recently, while discussing and debating the meanings of liberalism and foreign intervention with Max Ajl and Jeremy Hammond, Max raised the R2P doctrine: the responsibility to protect. This reminded me of a new web resource, authored by Anthony Fenton, an independent journalist in British Columbia, called the Web of Democracy. Fenton’s site, created only last […]

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