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The Resource Violence all around, John Sifton

Violence all around, John Sifton

Label
Violence all around
Title
Violence all around
Statement of responsibility
John Sifton
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
A human rights lawyer travels to hot zones around the globe, before and after the September 11 attacks, to document abuses committed by warlords, terrorist groups, and government counterterrorism forces. Whether reporting on al Qaeda safe houses, the mechanics of the Pentagon's smartest bombs, his interviews with politicians and ordinary civilians, or his own brush with death outside Kabul, John Sifton wants to help us understand violence<U+0127> �what it is, and how we think and speak about it. For the human rights community, the global war on terror brought unprecedented challenges. Of special concern were the secret detention centers operated by the CIA as it expanded into a paramilitary force, and the harsh treatment of prisoners throughout Iraq and Afghanistan. In drafting legal memoranda that made domestic prosecution for these crimes impossible, Sifton argues, the United States possessed not only the detainees but the law itself. Sifton recounts his efforts to locate secret prisons and reflects on the historical development of sanctioned military or police violence<U+0127> �from hand-to-hand combat to the use of drones<U+0127> �and the likelihood that technology will soon enable completely automated killing. Sifton is equally concerned to examine what people have meant by nonviolent social change, and he asks whether pure nonviolence is ever possible. To invoke rights is to invoke the force to uphold them, he reminds us. Ultimately, advocates for human rights can only shame the world into better behavior, and their work may involve advocating the very violence they deplore.--
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Sifton, John
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Human rights
  • Human rights workers
  • Violence
Label
Violence all around, John Sifton
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
I. Deeds -- The desert of the real -- Continent and conquest -- Violence and distance -- The limits of remote violence -- II. Words -- The theater of force -- Defining violence -- Torture -- The violence of nonviolence -- Outrage -- Terror as justice -- Change
Control code
FIEb17713638
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xii, 323 pages
Isbn
9780674057692
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)892514429
Label
Violence all around, John Sifton
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
I. Deeds -- The desert of the real -- Continent and conquest -- Violence and distance -- The limits of remote violence -- II. Words -- The theater of force -- Defining violence -- Torture -- The violence of nonviolence -- Outrage -- Terror as justice -- Change
Control code
FIEb17713638
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xii, 323 pages
Isbn
9780674057692
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)892514429

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