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Baha'i and Freedom of Religion in Iran: Jack Donnelly vs. Reza Afshari
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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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Book Note: Life after Life by Kate Atkinson
Book Note: Life after Life by
Kate Atkinson Kate Atkinson’s
Life after Life was widely reviewed after it was released in 2013, and has
been very popular, not least among the women in the two book clubs in Hamilton,
Ontario of which I am a member. I presente...
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Donald Trump and the Fascism Debate
Donald Trump and the Fascism
Debate There’s been a lot of media discussion in the last
couple of months about whether Donald Trump, who is campaigning to become the
Republican Party’s nominee for President of the United States, is actually a fascist. Michae...
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Book Note: Hotel Florida by Amanda Vaill
Book Note: Hotel Florida by Amanda Vaill I recently read Hotel Florida by Amanda Vaill, published by Farrar, Strauss and Giroux in 2014. Vaill is an award-winning author of what is sometimes called creative non-fiction; Hotel Florida is based on Vaill’s ext...
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months several atheist bloggers in the Muslim world—or people who weren’t
necessarily atheists, but questioned some precepts of Islam and Hinduism--have
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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
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Book Note: Life after Life by Kate Atkinson
Book Note: Life after Life by
Kate Atkinson Kate Atkinson’s
Life after Life was widely reviewed after it was released in 2013, and has
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Book Note: Matthew Weinert's Making Human
Book Note: Matthew Weinert’s Making Human In the past, I’ve frequently argued that both human
rights and human dignity are social constructions: they are what people—society—think
they should be. So human dignity, in particular, is an evolving concept. In
m...
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I am an Atheist Blogger   In recent
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Statelessness: A New Canadian Policy
Statelessness: A New Canadian Policy The Conservative government in Canada has reached a
new low: it is trying to deprive a Canadian-born citizen of his Canadian
nationality, on the grounds that he has a claim to Pakistani citizenship (“Tories
bid to strip ...
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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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