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Africa and the International Criminal Court: Is Global Justice Blind?

Africa and the International Criminal Court: Is Global Justice Blind?

by Michelle Chen on October 3 2011, 11:10AM

Applying a global standard of justice seems near impossible for crimes that stem from vast inequalities in wealth and power, particularly when judgement shades into race and gender. But the ICC has tipped the scales, slightly, toward a collective moral gravity.

Topics: Global Affairs, Global Justice

As U.N. Debates Palestinian Statehood, Palestinian People Still Ignored

As U.N. Debates Palestinian Statehood, Palestinian People Still Ignored

by Michelle Chen on September 23 2011, 9:02AM

The Palestinian Authority has set in motion a diplomatic frenzy over its citizens’ right to self-determination. But something obvious remains lost in the maneuvering between the White House, Abbas and Israel: The Palestinian people.

Topics: Global Affairs, Global Justice

Political Power Struggle Overshadows South Africa's Broken Promise

Political Power Struggle Overshadows South Africa’s Broken Promise

by Michelle Chen on September 16 2011, 9:19AM

The African National Congress’ political inheritance is all but spent. Now, a new generation of activists must forge their own struggle.

Topics: Global Affairs, Global Justice

In a Precarious Revolution, Libya's Endgame Is Only Beginning

In a Precarious Revolution, Libya’s Endgame Is Only Beginning

by Michelle Chen on September 13 2011, 9:52AM

The Libyan freedom struggle has been ruptured by infighting and pressure from foreign forces that have their own designs. Yet viewed from a wide angle, the revolution has cracked open a window for a new political vision.

Topics: Global Affairs, Global Justice

Labor Day Showdown: Can Advocates Stop 'NAFTA of the Pacific'?

Labor Day Showdown: Can Advocates Stop ‘NAFTA of the Pacific’?

by Michelle Chen on September 2 2011, 10:01AM

Business and political leaders are meeting in Chicago for closed-door negotiations on yet another so-called free trade deal—a pact to coddle corporations interested in sweatshop labor, high-priced pharmaceuticals and destructive agribusiness.

Topics: Global Justice

To Stop Corruption, Fight the Power, Not the People

To Stop Corruption, Fight the Power, Not the People

by Michelle Chen on August 26 2011, 9:09AM

The global discussion of corruption too often confuses the behavioral symptoms with the structural cause: too much power concentrated in one place.

Topics: Global Affairs, Global Justice

After the Riots,

After the Riots, “Broken” Britain Grows Still More Fractured

by Michelle Chen on August 18 2011, 10:44AM

Lost amid all the racialized, anti-youth invective is the story of youth on the margins, whose voices go ignored until they explode in collective rebellion. Michelle Chen explores what happens next for London’s fractured neighborhoods.

Topics: Global Affairs, Global Justice, London Riots

Famine Devastates Somalia in the Shadow of U.S. Domination

Famine Devastates Somalia in the Shadow of U.S. Domination

by Michelle Chen on August 10 2011, 9:45AM

The now-famished nation has long lived with well-fed wars and an overbearing U.S. presence that has eroded the institutional foundations it purports to rescue.

Topics: Global Affairs, Global Justice

House GOP Revives Global War on Women's Health With

House GOP Revives Global War on Women’s Health With “Gag Rule”

by Michelle Chen on August 5 2011, 9:28AM

Even as the debt ceiling debate dominated Washington’s agenda, House Republicans began a steady push on bills that would revive Bush and Reagan era constraints on global funding for sexual health.

Topics: Global Justice

Who's Grabbing Africa's Land? U.S. Speculators, Including Universities

Who’s Grabbing Africa’s Land? U.S. Speculators, Including Universities

by Michelle Chen on July 29 2011, 9:22AM

The financial industry has identified rich soil in poor countries. But watchdogs warn that turning Africa’s land over to the global financial marketplace will deepen an already growing food crisis.

Topics: Environment, Global Affairs, Global Justice

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Muslim “Terrorists,” White “Lone Wolves,” and the Lessons of Oslo

by Michelle Chen on July 27 2011, 10:13AM

The key lesson from Oslo is that fear blinds, not just those who act on violent impulses but also those who bear witness to it. Americans should finally examine the ripple effects of political ideas with which they’ve grown dangerously comfortable.

Topics: Global Justice, Media, National Security

Thousands of Migrant Kids Trapped Inside the World's Border Politics

Thousands of Migrant Kids Trapped Inside the World’s Border Politics

by Michelle Chen on July 20 2011, 9:30AM

Displaced war and poverty, fleeing abuse and violence, or just trying to find their parents, youth who get ensnared at U.S. and European border crossings often face bleak conditions, say human rights monitors.

Topics: Global Justice

Violence Against Migrant Women Won't End After DSK Case

Violence Against Migrant Women Won’t End After DSK Case

by Michelle Chen on July 12 2011, 10:06AM

From Indonesia to the Congo—and back to the U.S.—migrant laboring women are attacked systematically and with impunity.

Topics: DSK Rape Case, Gender & Sexuality, Global Affairs, Global Justice

The Globe's Not Only Getting Hotter. It's More Unjust and Unstable, Too

The Globe’s Not Only Getting Hotter. It’s More Unjust and Unstable, Too

by Michelle Chen on July 6 2011, 9:32AM

Climate change is wreaking havoc on more than the environment. All over the Global South, it’s creating refugees, sparking conflict over resources and justifying repression.

Topics: Environment, Global Affairs, Global Justice

Conservatives' Seductive, Twisted Logic on the World's

Conservatives’ Seductive, Twisted Logic on the World’s “Missing” Girls

by Michelle Chen on June 30 2011, 10:47AM

Rightwing columnists say sex-selection trends prove feminism kills. The reality, of course, is that patriarchy kills women at all stages of life.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Global Affairs, Global Justice

A Snapshot of Global LGBT Rights, From New York to the United Nations Infographic

A Snapshot of Global LGBT Rights, From New York to the United Nations

by Michelle Chen, Stokely Baksh on June 27 2011, 10:34AM

New York’s not the only place where equality is spreading—but being gay is punishable by imprisonment in dozens of nations.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Global Justice, LGBT Pride 2011

Reviving Resistance in Palestine

Reviving Resistance in Palestine

by Michelle Chen on June 23 2011, 10:57AM

“We want to be free. We want to be able to live a normal life. We want peace. Is that too much to ask?” It depends on who you ask.

Topics: Global Affairs, Global Justice

Palestinian Youth Channel an Old Struggle Through New Media

Palestinian Youth Channel an Old Struggle Through New Media

by Michelle Chen on June 17 2011, 10:33AM

Global Justice columnist Michelle Chen explores the future of resistance, on and offline, with her students in the occupied territories.

Topics: Global Affairs, Global Justice, Technology

Colombia Moves Past Reconciliation and Revives the Idea of Reparation

Colombia Moves Past Reconciliation and Revives the Idea of Reparation

by Michelle Chen on June 2 2011, 9:25AM

The war-torn nation will allow victims of violence to petition for compensation. If the project works, it just may rewrite the rules of justice for human rights atrocities.

Topics: Global Affairs, Global Justice

Rape in Haiti: The Aftershocks Continue

Rape in Haiti: The Aftershocks Continue

by Michelle Chen on May 23 2011, 9:06AM

A year and a half later, squalid camps remain the only homes for hundreds of thousands of people, and reports of sexual violence inside them are rising.

Topics: Global Justice, Haiti

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