Archive for the ‘violence’ tag
Tom Meagher’s wife was raped and killed. But he writes quite movingly about how and why he refuses to accept the idea that the man responsible is some aberrant and abhorrent creature:
By insulating myself with the intellectually evasive dismissal of violent men as psychotic or sociopathic aberrations, I self-comforted by avoiding a more terrifying concept: that violent men are socialised by the ingrained sexism and entrenched masculinity that permeates everything, from our daily interactions all the way up to our highest institutions. Bayley’s appeal was dismissed, but I left court that day in a perpetual trauma-loop, knowing I needed to re-imagine the social, institutional and cultural context in which a man like Bayley exists.
I’ve said before and it’s still true: my favorite part about the major book review magazines is that they’ll sometimes do deep reporting of the kind I rarely happen across. This one about Uganda, a country I knew nearly nothing about. Unfortunately, it’s not the most uplifting story:
Nebanda died in December 2012, poisoned, some of her parliamentary colleagues maintain, by Ugandan government operatives. Then, in August 2013, an online magazine published an interview with General David Sejusa, the former coordinator of Ugandan intelligence services, who had fled into exile in the UK in May 2013. The general claimed that Nebanda, and many other prominent Ugandans who also died from mysterious illnesses or in sudden accidents, had been deliberately killed on “orders from on high”—meaning at the direction of Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni, who has ruled this country for twenty-eight years.
A good read about the perils of being a woman on the internet. Sadly nothing with which I wasn’t vaguely familiar, though the specifics drive the point home. The overview is pretty simply expressed by this point:
Abusers tend to operate anonymously, or under pseudonyms. But the women they target often write on professional platforms, under their given names, and in the context of their real lives. Victims don’t have the luxury of separating themselves from the crime. When it comes to online threats, “one person is feeling the reality of the Internet very viscerally: the person who is being threatened,” says Jurgenson. “It’s a lot easier for the person who made the threat—and the person who is investigating the threat—to believe that what’s happening on the Internet isn’t real.”
(via Next Draft)
I’ve told you how much I love deep-dives from the LRB and NYRB, this “Letter from Guatemala” is almost as good as similar things in those magazines. A few more things like this come across my lap and I might have to start closely following the LARB. If they focus on Latin America and the Pacific I’m already sold.
Spurred on by recommendations in this AskMeFi thread, I spent much of my afternoon grappling with one of the more known but unknown aspects of male privilege. “you’re a kittie!” captures what I mean pretty well (emphasis mine) in her answer to the question of what aspects of being a woman more men should understand:
Fear. Fear of violence (especially sexual violence) is a huge thing that I think many enlightened guys understand intellectually, but not at a visceral level. It’s something many women think about on a daily basis, and even just the need to be aware of the danger changes your life in subtle or not-so-subtle ways.
The title link here is the one response in an old MetaFilter thread that finally made me feel like I really understood how this whole fear thing works. It’s long for an internet comment, but I doubt any compassionate man can walk away from the entire thread, or simply this comment, the same.
Eric Calderwood thinks that while the network’s coverage is unquestionably biased, it’s not without merit.
But in a larger sense, Al-Jazeera’s graphic response to CNN-style “bloodless war journalism” is a stinging rebuke to the way we now see and talk about war in the United States. It suggests that bloodless coverage of war is the privilege of a country far from conflict. Al-Jazeera’s brand of news - you could call it “blood journalism” - takes war for what it is: a brutal loss of human life. The images they show put you in visceral contact with the violence of war in a way statistics never could.
There’s been friction between the oil-rich areas of Bolivia and the poor mountainous provinces for a while, but this surprised me.
President Evo Morales is facing the most acute crisis of his presidency as deaths from violence in rebellious northern Bolivia increased to almost 30 over the weekend after several days of fierce clashes between antigovernment protestors and supporters of Mr. Morales.
Seeking refuge in the Dutch embassy, he’s ended his campaign to defeat Mugabe. For those wondering why, this gallery — absolutely not for the faint of heart — gives some indication of the reasons.
While discussing the broad decline of the practice, The Economist made a point I’d never known:
Countries where teachers still use force include the United States, where a Supreme Court ruling in 1977 (concerning two pupils whose beatings with a wooden paddle caused medical harm) found that a constitutional ban on “cruel and unusual punishment” applied only to judicial proceedings. That left individual states to decide; in 22 of them, corporal correction in schools occurs in at least some districts.
Perhaps more glaringly:
Indeed, [the United States] is the only country, along with Somalia, which has failed to ratify a United Nations convention on children’s rights, which since 1990 has protected children from “all forms of physical or mental violence”. American officials helped draft the document, but it faces stiff opposition in some quarters of the United States.
I was struck by an article in the New York Times Book Review because, well, I’d never heard of the Colfax Massacre. Or perhaps I’d forgotten. In any case, it’s interesting reading about an important — and shameful — American event.
In the middle of the Colfax, La., cemetery stands a 12-foot-high obelisk. It’s weathered now. But in its day it must have been a grand sight, towering over the rows of gravestones, its marble glinting in the Southern sun. The monument was built as a tribute to three local white men, “the heroes,” according to its inscription, “who fell in the Colfax riot fighting for white supremacy” on April 13, 1873 — Easter Sunday. There is no mention of the estimated 81 black people who were murdered that day.