Over the past decade, the US not only detained but tortured al-Jazeera journalists under counterterrorism policies. Now, as its War on Terror diffuses into support for an increasing number of local – and secret – wars on terrorism across the globe, the tactic of imprisoning journalists seems to be catching on.
Ten years ago, the United States also justified its detention of al-Jazeera journalists by claiming a “national security threat”. These arrests could not be cloaked as mere collateral damage in a messy war. The US, then as Egypt does now, made leaping connections between the news network and militants, and specifically targeted those whose coverage did not serve the military’s objectives.
From a recent article I wrote for Aslan Media:
In January, Erik Voeten, on the Washington Post, posted the findings of a recently-published survey in a piece entitled, “How widespread is Islamic Fundamentalism in Europe?” The study in question compares not only the religious “fundamentalism” of Muslims and Christians, but also their hostility toward out-groups. Voeten, who in Europe generally finds the study credible, writes that the survey shows there are troubling attitudes held by Muslims in Europe that “cannot be ignored”.
Read the whole article here.
VICE’s Simon Ostrovsky has been doing some great reporting from Crimea. Here is his latest dispatch:
We have a high degree of confidence that when they look at 35,000 U.S. military personnel in the region that are engaged in constant training exercises under the direction of a president who already has shown himself willing to take military action in the past, that they should take my statements seriously.
From Generous Justice p.89:
While the Bible agrees that industriousness or lack of it is an irreplaceable part of why you are successful or not, it is never the main reason… If you have money, power, and status today, it is due to the century and place in which you were born, to your talents and capacities and health, none of which you earned. In short, all your resources are in the end the gift of God.
Our political and economic systems do not listen to people without money and other forms of social power.
Just men and women see their money as belonging in some ways to the entire human community around them, while unjust and unrighteous see their money as strictly theirs and no one else’s. After all, they earned it, and that’s the main reason they have it. That view of life is naïve… and it collides head on with the Bible.
And the richest 1% owns 65 times more wealth than the poorest half of the world.
A Ted Talk in my college town given by Erica Chenoweth.
Here is the WaPo’s Max Fisher writing about the topic.
Using violence also tends to reduce public support for an uprising. Chenoweth thinks this is because a violent uprising is more physically demanding and dangerous and thus scares off participants, but I’d add that violence is controversial and can engender sympathy for police and soldiers at the other end of dissidents’ rifles. A violent uprising can end up polarizing people in support of the government, whereas a government crackdown against a nonviolent uprising will often reduce public support for the regime.