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Rhoda Howard-Hassmann
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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.
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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Rightlessness
in an Age of Rights: Hannah Arendt and the Contemporary Struggles of Migrants ,
by Ayten Gündoğlu: Book Note (Note: I wrote this book review for Human Rights Quarterly: I am posting it
with the permission of the editor, Bert Lockwood; the publ...

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Stop Appeasing Trump Now!
Stop Appeasing Trump Now! All democrats everywhere, political leaders and
ordinary citizens, must stop appeasing Donald Trump now.  They must condemn his racist policies as
strongly as they can. They must stop pretending that he is a normal,
democratically ...

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The Little Red Chairs by Edna O'Brien: Book Note
The Little Red Chairs by Edna
O’Brien: Book Note Edna O’Brien has written many novels about Irish
girls and young women, most of which I’ve read over the years. This novel is
very different, being very political. The reference in the title is to the 11,541
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Minority vs. Group Rights in Quebec
Dear Readers:  Below is a paper that I wrote in spring 2016.  I got tired of waiting for formal review by an academic journal, so I decided to just post it on as many web sites as I could.  So this is a formal academic paper (almost 10,000 words) not a shor...

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Sultan Trump: Personalist Rule in the USA
Sultan Trump: Personalist Rule in the USA Back in 1982, when I was still specializing in
African studies, a very important new book was published. Edited by Robert H.
Jackson and Carl G. Rotberg, it was called Personal
Rule in Black Africa: Prince, Autocrat...

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Trump's Victory: A Revolt against Complexity?
Trump’s Victory: A Revolt against Complexity? Like many Canadians, this morning (November 9, 2016)
I woke to the shocking news that Donald Trump is to be the next President of
the United States.   I am no expert on
American elections, and I am waiting to fi...

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The Return by Hisham Matar: Book Notes
The Return by Hisham Matar:
Book Note This week I read Hisham Matar’s The Return (Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2016). Matar is a novelist of
Libyan descent, now in his mid-40s, based in London. The Return is a memoir about his 2012 visit to Benghazi, in Eastern
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White Africans: Is There Such a Thing?
White Africans: Is There Such a Thing? In the past few days there have been reports in the
Canadian and international press about a white farming family that escaped from
Zimbabwe to Canada; the father had rights to live here through his grandfather.   Dani...

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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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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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