The Divided World
Human Rights and Its Violence
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: University of Minnesota Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Quote
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In a certain sense, this is the most difficult part of the book to write. So many people have done so much to make this work possible that I cannot begin to acknowledge them in any adequate manner. But here it goes: Rosaura Sánchez and Lisa Lowe for their unwavering...
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Introduction: The International Division of Humanity
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In October 1944, amid a flurry of intense lobbying efforts leading to the signing of the United Nations Charter in San Francisco, Dr. W. E. B. Du Bois received a letter from Judge Joseph Proskauer of the American Jewish Committee asking the distinguished scholar to sign on to the committee’s draft of a “Declaration...
1. Conscience Denied: Amnesty International and the Antirevolution of the 1960s
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On May 28, 1961, a small group of British lawyers, writers, and publishers, headed by Peter Benenson, launched a public campaign for the release of eight prisoners from around the world. The campaign began with the article “The Forgotten Prisoners” published in the Observer (England) and...
2. Who Claims Modernity? The International Frame of Sexual Recognition
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The year 1978 saw the establishment of the first “international” gay organization at a conference of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality in Coventry, England. An activist group, the International Gay Association (IGA), was formed when conference participants called on Amnesty International...
3. A Duty to Intervene: On the Cinematic Constitution of Subjects for Empire in Hotel Rwanda and Caché
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In his classic work The Wretched of the Earth, anticolonial theorist Frantz Fanon argued that the international recognition of repression and brutality in the colonies was largely determined by the presence or absence of imperialist competition in a given area at a particular time. Where these geopolitical turf wars...
4. Expiation for the Dispossessed: Truth Commissions, Testimonios, and Tyrannicide
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In his 1996 Wellek Lectures at the University of California at Irvine, French philosopher Étienne Balibar argued that “history is the means by which violence is converted into nonviolence and is transferred into political institutions.”1 One of the benefits of this formulation is to foreground the...
5. Combat Theory: Anti-imperialist Analytics since Fanon
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In a pivotal scene from Gillo Pontecorvo’s 1966 anticolonial epic The Battle of Algiers, Ali La Pointe, petty criminal-cum-revolutionary, ascends the stairs of one of the many safe houses of the Algerian quarter with Ben M’Hidi, a leader of the ALN forces (the armed wing of the FLN) in Algiers....
Coda: The Transition from Dumb to Smart Power
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At the January 2009 U.S. Senate confirmation hearing, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton laid out her ideas for how to advance U.S. interests in the post-Bush era. At the center of her proposal was what she called “smart power”: “We must see what has been called...
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About the Author
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Page Count: 192
Publication Year: 2010