Human Rights Watch
August 12, 2009
A professor, a genocide, and NBC's quest for a prime-time hit.
July 15, 2009
The Beaches of Agnes--Cinema Guild The Windmill Movie--The Film Desk Human Rights Watch International Film Festival Naturally enough, the New Wave is rolling back. The tide of new French talent that flooded world screens just before and after 1960--bringing Godard, Truffaut, Rohmer, Rivette, Resnais, and Chabrol, among others--has been ebbing for some time. Movingly aware of this, Agnes Varda, one of the earliest if not one of the most eminent members of the group, has looked back at her life in a film. The Beaches of Agnes is autobiography as festival.
Swifter, Higher, Crueler
February 27, 2008
Joshua Kurlantzick on the 2008 Olympics' negative impact on China.
Silenced By Terrorists
August 29, 2007
Wow, has Human Rights Watch got news for us. Exactly a year after the Lebanon war ended, the organization wanted to release its report about the behavior of Hezbollah in the conflict. And it was going to tell us the militia of this vast mobilization of Shi'a had "been "firing indiscriminately and in some cases deliberately at civilians and civilian structures, in violation of international humanitarian law." This is not exactly a surprise.
Where Is Human Rights Watch?
May 21, 2007
Yesterday, it was 39 people killed in Lebanon. Today, the toll reached "at least" 60. This is according to Hassan Fatah's dispatch in the Times. The antagonists are Fatah al-Islam, a group associated with Al Qaeda, and the Lebanese Army. And then there are the civilians in between. It will go on. There are no pretenses here. The Sunni militants (both Palestinians and "from Bangladesh, Yemen and other Arab countries," a replay of the International Brigades) are firing heavy weapons that the army does not have and doing this from right in the middle of the Palestinian enclave.
More Trouble In Kurdistan
December 26, 2006
Just to briefly follow up on Brad's post, it's worth checking out C.J. Chivers's harrowing and depressing story in this morning's New York Times on prison conditions in Kurdistan: Their rations were meager and often moldy. Sometimes the guards beat them, they said, and several inmates had disappeared. The entire inmate population had either been denied trials or had been held beyond the terms of their sentences, they said--lost in legal limbo in the Kurdish-controlled region of Iraq. The prison strike here, on Dec.
The Quiet Americans
October 06, 2005
In late July, news surfaced that Iran had executed two gay teenagers--ostensibly for sexual assault, but most likely for the crime of being gay.
April 07, 2003
It’s dangerous to generalize about this war. America's attack on Iraq is moving so fast that basic assumptions about its course can flip in the course of one day. But, as of this writing, the war's conduct suggests at least one irony: This supposedly cold-blooded administration is making a remarkable, some might even say militarily dangerous, effort to spare Iraqi lives. Conservatives once attacked Bill Clinton for being too squeamish about civilian casualties. But compared with George W.
Correspondence (October 29, 2001)
October 29, 2001
Scout's honor TO THE EDITORS: Thank you for printing "Big Tent," by Benjamin Soskis (September 17). As the mother of a gay son, I believe there is no greater organization he could belong to than the Boy Scouts of America. He deserves the same ability to learn to camp, to serve his community, and to become a leader as any other boy. I can think of no finer role model for him than someone like James Dale, who came up through the ranks of scouting to earn his Eagle. Why must Dale hide his sexual orientation?
October 22, 2001
The cold war is back in vogue. For a month now, politicians and commentators have been analogizing the newly declared war on terror to America's 40-year war against communism. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, for one, says, "This campaign will be waged much like the cold war, in the sense that it will involve many fronts over a period of time." But the parallel extends beyond similarities of scope and duration.