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Even Silence has an End, by Ingrid Betancourt: Book Note
Even Silence Has an End, by Ingrid Betancourt: Book Note Recently I read Ingrid Betancourt’s memoir (published
in English in 2010 by Penguin Books) of her six years in captivity with the
FARC, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. Betancourt was the l...
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Misogyny and Motherhood in US Politics
Mysogyny and Motherhood in U.S. Politics Like many Canadians, I spent the last two weeks (late
July 2016) glued to my television set, watching the Republican and Democratic
National Conventions. By the end of it, I was sick to death of hearing what a good
p...
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The Mother of Mohammed by Sally Neighbour: Book Note
The Mother of Mohammed by Sally Neighbour: Book Note Recently my husband and I watched the movie, Eye in the Sky .   It’s about drones: English, American and
Kenyan military and political figures are trying to kill some Al-Shabad leaders
in Nairobi. The fil...
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Announcement: Canadian Freedom of Association Award
Announcement: Canadian Freedom of Association
Award My
friend and colleague, Roy J. Adams, recent endowed a new a new award, the
Canadian Freedom of Association Award.   Roy is the author of the guest blog on February 25, 2015: “Full Freedom
of Association ...
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Baha'i and Freedom of Religion in Iran: Jack Donnelly vs. Reza Afshari
Baha’i
and Freedom of Religion in Iran: Jack Donnelly vs. Reza Afshari In 2007 the eminent political philosopher and
scholar of human rights, Jack Donnelly, proposed a rather uncharacteristic
argument regarding so-called apostates in Iran. Jack Donnelly Apo...
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What (U.S.) Women Owe Women: Vote Bernie Sanders
What (U.S.) Women Owe Women: Vote Bernie Sanders Last week (February 25-27, 2016) I attended an
academic workshop in the US. One day I was chatting with another woman
participant about the responsibility of raising children while working as a
scholar. The m...
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Memoirs of a Man's Maiden Years by N.O. Body: Book Note
Memoirs of a Man’s
Maiden Years by N.O.Body: Book Note Recently my husband and I watched the film, The Danish Girl. The film stars Eddie
Redmayne in a brilliant depiction of a man who wants to live as—and eventual to
biologically be—a woman. Redmayne is bri...
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The Mother of Mohammed by Sally Neighbour: Book Note
The Mother of Mohammed by Sally Neighbour: Book Note Recently my husband and I watched the movie, Eye in the Sky .   It’s about drones: English, American and
Kenyan military and political figures are trying to kill some Al-Shabad leaders
in Nairobi. The fil...
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Audio Podcast on State Food Crimes
Audio Podcast on State Food Crimes Readers
of this blog over the last four years might have noticed that I have posted
several entries on North Korea, Zimbabwe, Venezuela and Israel and West
Bank/Gaza.   That is because I have been
writing a book entitled S...
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A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara: Book Note
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara: Book Note Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life (Doubleday, 2015) is a very long novel (720 pages)
that’s been getting a lot of praise.   I
finished reading it a couple of weeks ago.   Two of my friends have also read it: the o...
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Syrian Refugees in Canada: Ethical Dilemmas
Syrian refugees in Canada: Ethical Dilemmas The other day I watched a television interview with
a Syrian refugee stranded in Greece as a result of Macedonia’s closing of its
borders.   He was a man in his late 30s or
early 40s; he spoke good English and he ...
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Book Note: Karin Finell’s Good-Bye to the Mermaids   (University of Missouri Press, 2006) is
an autobiographical account of life in Germany during and after WWII from the perspective
of a young German (non-Jewish) girl.   I
learned about this book after my ...
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This blog is about human rights. It will contain observations about human rights issues, short book reviews, and some personal reflections.
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Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann is Canada Research Chair in International Human Rights, holding a joint appointment in the Department of Global Studies and the Balsillie School of International Affairs at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2006 the Human Rights section of the American Political Science Association named Dr. Howard-Hassmann its first Distinguished Scholar of Human Rights.  Since arriving at Laurier in 2003 she has published Compassionate Canadians: Civic Leaders Discuss Human Rights (2003), Reparations to Africa (2008) and Can Globalization Promote Human Rights? (2010), and has also co-edited Economic Rights in Canada and the United States (2006) and The Age of Apology (2008). She established and maintains a website on political apologies, which can be visited at political-apologies.wlu.ca.

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