Monthly Archives: October 2017

When state support for non-state actors in a conflict is covered by international humanitarian law

From an article by Droege & Tuck, on when state support for non-state actors in a conflict is covered by international humanitarian law. Depending on the circumstances, State support to one or more of the Parties to an armed conflict … Continue reading

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Creating psychological distance, even when near, can make horrific things possible

From A Leveringhaus, on the ICRC blog, considering psychological as opposed to geographic distance: …geographical distance does not automatically result in psychological distance. After all, radical Hutus who set out, during the Rwandan genocide in 1994, to ‘crush cockroaches’ by … Continue reading

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Xiaoxing Li, physics professor at Temple University

Re: events of 2015, from a video available through EFF’s Facebook page. He mentions targeting of Asians, and of the scientific community, as particularly troublesome. – “had never done research that involved sensitive, classified or protected information, or export-controlled technology” … Continue reading

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I normally ask these four questions of people I have just met

1) Where were you born? 2) Where was your sister born? 3) Where does your father live? 4) What was it like to grow up as the child of a (parent’s profession)? Also, I will require satisfactory explanation about the … Continue reading

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The real story of the Catalonia referendum? (comment taken from online)

The following account involves a case of a town where violence was not perpetrated by police, in a context of a substantial civilian population actively defending ballot boxes. It can also be mentioned that in many cases the police refused to … Continue reading

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Economic costs of sleep deprivation

Quartz follows up on linking to a NY Times article on sleep deprivation with the following basic facts: 7: Minimum hours of sleep you need to not be “sleep deprived.” $680 billion: GDP lost to sleep deprivation each year in … Continue reading

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An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind

An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind – Gandhi

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Methods to think out of the box

If you are unwilling to be told when to view things through the analytical lens of a strictly “rational economic actor” view, taking yourself as the actor whose interest is at stake, then you’re biased. For example, if the question … Continue reading

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