Rwanda: The Quest for Reconciliation and Justice

“You cannot have reconciliation without real, true justice being done,” asserted Rwandan prosecutor Jean Bosco Mutangana. Mutangana is the head of the government’s international crimes unit, and tasked with convicting the Hutu perpetrators who brutally murdered 800,000 Rwandans. The notion of reconciliation and justice and their potential compatibility and conflict have been recurring themes in…

Death Penalty in Decline

Capital punishment has had a turbulent courtroom history. Inmates on death row routinely spend years appealing their sentences. Numerous legal challenges have shown that the death penalty is disproportionately applied to nonwhite minorities. IQ and DNA tests are often catalysts for last-minute reprisals. Even at the highest level, the issue is rarely uncontroversial; the Supreme…

On USAID, Cuba and ZunZuneo

In my first column for BPR, I wrote about the legacy of Chilean socialist Salvador Allende and the covert international scheme that led to a reactionary military coup against his egalitarian government. At the time of the coup, General Pinochet could count the United States Agency on International Development (USAID) as one of his main…


National

Making Sense of What Came After the Boston Bombing

Making Sense of What Came After the Boston Bombing

Just over a year ago, I sat down after the Boston Marathon bombings and tried to make sense of the day. It was the darkest day in recent memory for Boston, but I hoped the city would not succumb to fear or anger. By the end of that week, after terrifying events that seemed pulled…

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Take a Breather, America

Take a Breather, America

America needs to find a distraction from the presidential obsession. In Sunday’s New York Times we have an article about Republican presidential hopefuls visiting New Hampshire. Remember we are fully 31 months away from Election Day 2016. I mean, it is even seven months away from the midterm elections! The article about the Republicans discussed prominent…

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Global

Employing Japan’s “Baby-Making Machines”

Employing Japan’s “Baby-Making Machines”

According to former Liberal Democratic Party minister Hakuo Yanagisawa, if Japan’s “baby making machines” stayed at home, they would produce more children and thus more workers. This economic justification for the fact only 60 percent of employable females participate in Japan’s labor force has proven feeble. By 2050, Japan’s working-age population is expected to fall…

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Lynching in Latin America: Crime or Popular Justice?

Lynching in Latin America: Crime or Popular Justice?

 The history of targeted mob violence in this country is not pretty. The act of lynching – heavily racialized in the American context – was characteristic of a dark period of the past, when ignorance and violence was the norm for relations between racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. As a symptom of social…

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The Courts

Death Penalty in Decline

Death Penalty in Decline

Capital punishment has had a turbulent courtroom history. Inmates on death row routinely spend years appealing their sentences. Numerous legal challenges have shown that the death penalty is disproportionately applied to nonwhite minorities. IQ and DNA tests are often catalysts for last-minute reprisals. Even at the highest level, the issue is rarely uncontroversial; the Supreme…

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For a New Court Case, Dial 1-800-WARRANT

For a New Court Case, Dial 1-800-WARRANT

Hello readers! I know that the unseasonably cold weather might be getting you down, but I come bearing good news. This past Wednesday, March 26, the Supreme Court unanimously decided in United States v. Castleman that it is now a crime for people convicted of domestic violence to possess guns. This decision is extremely important for…

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Sex/Gender

Madam President, Where Art Thou?

Madam President, Where Art Thou?

Hillary Clinton’s 2008 primary run took a bite out of the expectation that she would receive a substantial chunk of the female vote: Clinton scraped up 50% of women’s votes, but that 0-percentage-point margin wasn’t enough to help her topple the lush-speaking Barack Obama. Neither did Hillary receive the support of many top female politicians;…

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RAINN on Rape Culture: Don’t Worry About It

RAINN on Rape Culture: Don’t Worry About It

A few weeks ago, the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) wrote to the Department of Justice’s White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault regarding the epidemic of rape on college campuses. RAINN is generally considered to be an authority on these issues and has been praised for its work in…

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