The Colonial Origins of Hate Speech in Burma

In past instances of genocide, hate-speech has drawn its power to inspire violence from some kind of popular appeal. In many cases, its purpose is to dehumanize to facilitate inhuman action. In Rwanda, Tutsis were referred to as “cockroaches;” in Burma, prominent monk Wirathu has...

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Drones for Social Good

 In last week’s edition of this series, we examined how drone strikes violate human rights and took a closer look at instances when civilians were harmed. When most people hear the word “drone,” it is usually these negative images that come to mind, and it’s safe to say that the...

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The Victims of Drone Strikes

Saadullah was injured in a drone attack in 2011, losing his eye and both legs. Last week Pakistani girls’ education activist Malala Yousafzai visited US President Barack Obama at the White House.  Malala had been targeted by the Taliban for campaigning for girls’ education in Pakistan, and was...

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The Crime of Barbarity – IX

The following blog series by the Sentinel Project’s Steven Kiersons explores how the physical sciences and Western philosophy contributed to the modern phenomenon of genocide and totalitarianism. Kiersons illustrates how the rise of scientism following the discoveries of Galileo essentially...

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The Drone Debate

One of the biggest obstacles to the prevention of genocide and other large-scale human rights abuses is obtaining accurate information about lead-up events in time to do something about them. Placing human observers on the ground is a key means of gathering this information, but humans get hurt...

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The Crime of Barbarity VIII

The following blog series by the Sentinel Project’s Steven Kiersons explores how the physical sciences and Western philosophy contributed to the modern phenomenon of genocide and totalitarianism. Kiersons illustrates how the rise of scientism following the discoveries of Galileo essentially...

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Burma: A Summary of Recent Events

September began with the government-appointed body (the Sangha Maha Nayaka committee) that oversees Burma’s Buddhist monkhood “issuing a directive intended to check the influence of a monk-led movement accused of stoking violence against minority Muslims.”[1] The purpose of the directive dated...

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