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WHAT IS THE PROBLEM WITH THE HUMAN RIGHTS DISCOURSE THAT IT HAS SO FAR BEEN UNABLE TO BECOME AN AUTHENTIC MASS RENEWAL MOVEMENT?

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Food for an alternative thought to follow   Human Rights Reader 262   A contemporary philosopher asked himself: Is it easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism? 1. According to the same philosopher, we tend to ignore existing social conflicts and contradictions thus avoiding a political mobilization against the […]

HUMAN RIGHTS ARE NOT JUST A POLICY CHOICE, BUT AN IMPERATIVE: HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE US TO REALIZE AND ACT UPON THIS?

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Food for a point of entry thought Human Rights Reader 256 Human rights work ought to constantly look for political points of entry. 1. Human rights (HR) are global affairs, i.e., matters that straddle national borders, as well as matters that pertain to often artificial divisions found in-country. HR are thus not only foreign aid […]

WHEN YOU DREAM ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS ALONE, IT IS JUST A DREAM; WHEN YOU DREAM WITH OTHERS, IT PRE-EMPTS REALITY

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Food for a preemptive thought Human Rights Reader 244 WHEN YOU DREAM ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS ALONE, IT IS JUST A DREAM; WHEN YOU DREAM WITH OTHERS, IT PRE-EMPTS REALITY. (R. Pereira G.) -Martin Luther King did not say “I have a nightmare”. (L. Stoddard) -Our future may be beyond our vision, but not beyond our control. […]

HAVE YOU ASKED YOURSELF: WHERE IS THE POLITICS IN POLITICAL WILL?

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Food for the politics of a thought Human Rights Reader 239 Politics often is the art of knowing how to choose between two      equally bad, unpopular measures. (R. Aron) In politics, the power of the purse is the most undemocratic power of all. In this Reader, we often refer to the politics-of-it-all in […]




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