Uighur Poets on Repression and Exile | by Joshua L. Freeman | The New York Review of Books

The shocking dimensions of China’s repression in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region are now beyond dispute. In early 2017, after spending years perfecting a high-tech surveillance regime in its only Muslim-majority region, the Chinese state began a program of mass internment that has seen the disappearance without trial of at least a million Uighurs, Kazakhs, [...]

Matt Zwolinski | A moral case for Universal Basic Income | The Critic Magazine

Precisely how large a UBI should be, who exactly should be eligible to receive it, and how it should be financed and distributed are, of course, important questions that political philosophy alone cannot answer. But for most of us, these questions of policy design, important as they are, are secondary to matters of principle. If [...]

The hypocrisy of Noam Chomsky | The New Criterion

There’s a famous definition in the Gospels of the hypocrite, and the hypocrite is the person who refuses to apply to himself the standards he applies to others. By that standard, the entire commentary and discussion of the so-called War on Terr... — Read on newcriterion.com/issues/2003/5/the-hypocrisy-of-noam-chomsky

How can the human rights community respond to severe political polarization? | OpenGlobalRights

Severe political polarization is tearing at the seams of democracies around the world, with dangerous consequences for our societies, institutions, and human rights. — Read on http://www.openglobalrights.org/how-can-the-human-rights-community-respond-to-severe-political-polarization/

A Life-Saving Philosophy Professor (guest post by Arthur Ward) – Daily Nous

On February 20th, just last week, I donated my left kidney to a stranger. Because of my donation, two other people agreed to donate their kidneys as well, resulting in three simultaneous life-saving transplants. More transplants may still happen in the future as part of the “kidney chain” that I initiated. As a philosopher with [...]

Lying in Politics: Reflections on The Pentagon Papers | by Hannah Arendt | The New York Review of Books

“The picture of the world’s greatest superpower killing or seriously injuring a thousand non-combatants a week, while trying to pound a tiny backward nation into submission on an issue whose merits are hotly disputed, is not a pretty one.” —Robert S. McNamara The Pentagon Papers, like so much else in history, tell different stories, teach [...]

Celebrate Florence Nightingale’s 200th Birthday With Exhibit Featuring Her Famed Lamp, Pet Owl | Smart News | Smithsonian Magazine

In 1854, Florence Nightingale arrived at a military hospital in Scutari, near Constantinople, to tend British soldiers wounded during the Crimean War. Appalled by the conditions—rodents and vermin running rampant, patients lying in their own filth, a woeful lack of basic medical supplies—she quickly set about implementing reforms. Nightingale was a tireless nurse; at night, [...]

A Guide to Hope-Based Communications | OpenGlobalRights

Hope is a pragmatic strategy, informed by history, communications experts, organizers neuroscience and cognitive linguistics. It can be applied to any strategy or campaign. By grounding your communications from the values you stand for and a vision of the world you want to see, hope-based communications is an antidote to debates that seem constantly framed [...]

From revolution to bureaucratization: human rights law becomes central to global health governance | OpenGlobalRights

Given the dramatic development of human rights under international law and the proliferation of global institutions for public health, it is essential to understand the implementation of human rights law through global health governance. — Read on http://www.openglobalrights.org/From-revolution-to-bureaucratization-human-rights-law-becomes-central-to-global-health-governance/