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A Fictional Account of Torture that Illuminates Politics

I knew locking a man up in a dark room was meant to arouse fear before torture; hoping they’d begin with the bastinado, I thought about the lies I could tell to save my hide. That is Black, a character … Continue reading

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International Law as Coordinating Mechanism to Reduce Massive Rights Violations?

Today’s Conflict Consortium Virtual Workshop paper, “How does Human Rights Law Work? Institutions, Norms and Focal Factors” by Tiberiu Dragu & Yonatan Lupu, suggest a third mechanism by which international human rights law reduces violations. The first two mechanisms–sanctions (aka the … Continue reading

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The Impact of International Human Rights Courts

Last November I attended an interesting conference on The Domestic Politics of International Human Rights Agreements.  It afforded me an opportunity to chat with Andy Moravcsik, whom I had not met before, and I asked him why he had not … Continue reading

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Counts of Violence & Syria Tracker

The other day I posted about counts of violence, and discussed the Syria Tracker project.  Souraya Tafrah, who works on the project, was kind enough to write a comment to the post, and correct some errors I had made.  I … Continue reading

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But I Just Want an Accurate Count

How many people have been killed, maimed, raped, imprisoned without due process, tortured, etc. in conflict Z, Country Q?  News media focus on that number, and those of us who collect and analyze data on dissent and repression as part … Continue reading

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A spoiled relationship, Occupy Wall Street and the NYPD

This a guest post by Eric Zerkel, a graduate of Florida State University who lives in New York where he studies journalism at New York University.  You can follow him on twitter: @EricZerkel   Not too long ago, I was an … Continue reading

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The 5% Rule and Indiscriminate Killing of Civilians

Source: Satellite image of Qabun neighborhood, 18 July 2012, (c)DigitalGlobe A remarkably successful bombing yesterday in Damascus has me reflecting on Mark Lichbach’s 5% Rule conjecture that no government can survive an active mobilization of five percent of its citizens.   … Continue reading

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