307 – Against the “medical-industrial complex”

November 23, 2014
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Contrary to the XIXth century, whose Zeitgeist could be captured in pro-active “Progress,” we live in an age of sensible “Security.” Admittedly, the state has remained melioristic in outlook. The foremost social task, however, is perceived to be (a) preventing, (b) reacting, (c) building or re-building[1] rather than creating eutopia on the Aare. In theory, […]

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306 – Ephemera (V)

November 22, 2014
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(Some reflections are not worth a full-throated blog, yet they contain small kernels for reflection – like plum kernels one rolls in one’s mouth while climbing a steep mountain on a hot day. I’ll post ephemera from time to time) Withdrawal from Dodge City Dodge City, in Kansas, became famous as the American West opened […]

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305 – Battling human rights windmills

November 17, 2014
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« At its 15th session, on 1 October 2010, the Human Rights Council adopted resolution 15/26 E F S A C R by which it decided “to establish an open-ended intergovernmental working group with the mandate to consider the possibility of elaborating an international regulatory framework, including, inter alia, the option of elaborating a legally binding […]

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304 – In the land of broken truths

November 16, 2014
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Anand GOPAL (2014): No good men among the living. America, the Taliban, and the war through Afghan eyes. Holt, New York Truth is like broken glass – shards everywhere, some big, some small. Pick one up, and one might be tempted to imagine the whole view from the window (if the angle is light, it […]

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303 – It’s the context (and culture): stupid!

November 2, 2014
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Instead of the Turkish “checkerboard pattern” of checks and balances, setting group against group to the ultimate benefit of the Turkish elite, he envisaged a pyramid of tribal leaders, in which the sheikhs of tribes would be led by a sheikh of sheikhs, the sheikh of sheiks in turn by a caid, a number of […]

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302 – Ephemera (IV)

October 26, 2014
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(Some reflections are not worth a full-throated blog, yet they contain small kernels for reflection – like plum kernels one rolls in one’s mouth while climbing a steep mountain on a hot day. I’ll post ephemera from time to time)   The narrative “selfie” – a new genre A friend of mine has gifted me […]

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301 – A rethink of the Biological Weapons Convention?

October 23, 2014
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Opened for signature in 1972, the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) is one of the mainstays of the UN treaty system banning weapons of mass destruction. It prohibits: Art 1 (Basic Convention text[1]): “Each State Party to this Convention undertakes never in any circumstances to develop, produce, stockpile or otherwise acquire or retain: (1)        Microbial […]

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