Martes, 20 de diciembre de 2016 (Continuación)

Créé en mars 2016, officiellement lancé le 14 novembre, le «Parti animaliste» va en faire ricaner plus d’un de façon ridicule. Ce parti veut améliorer la condition de tous les animaux dans toutes les situations dans lesquelles ils se trouvent – les animaux de compagnie comme les animaux marins, les animaux de boucherie comme les animaux de laboratoire. Il veut abolir les animaux de divertissement et réguler sévèrement la chasse. Le droit animal n’est pas oublié, ni la place de l’animal dans l’éducation. Ce Parti animaliste français n’est ni un cas isolé ni une aberration. Il s’inscrit dans un mouvement international plus large.…  Seguir leyendo »

It is extremely unlikely that President Obama will be able to fulfill his promise of closing Guantánamo before leaving office, but he can still take action to mitigate this national stain. Torture causes profound harm to human beings, families, and communities. We cannot undo the torture that was committed on scores of men — but we can do the right thing now: We can provide the medical, psychological, and social supports these survivors need to heal.

This positive step will not only protect our national security by reducing the likelihood that released prisoners will act against our interests, but also will begin to restore the reputation of our country as a human rights protector — a distinction that has been shattered by our use of torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment in the war on terror.…  Seguir leyendo »

“Responsibility for this brutality lies in one place alone, with the Assad regime and its allies, Russia and Iran,” President Obama said last week of the barbarity in Aleppo, Syria, “and this blood and these atrocities are on their hands.”

My journalism students and I here in Dubai follow the news together closely to talk about stories and how they’re reported. We followed this one with some disappointment, however, because the president would not acknowledge the consequences of his own lack of action in Syria. And when his U.N. envoy, Samantha Power, talked about shame, my class could only wonder whether she had looked in the mirror recently.…  Seguir leyendo »

Tunisia will soon become one of the world’s largest recipients of foreign aid. But this influx of foreign money could drown out demand for the kind of structural changes that are necessary to keep this fledgling democracy from yet more political instability.

Generous aid to Tunisia typically assumes that external assistance can improve the country’s economy, dampen unrest and ensure democratic consolidation. But unless aid is carefully targeted, it will only serve to inflate the political prospects of the governing coalition without requiring it to commit to real reform.

Tunisia’s receipt of substantial levels of foreign assistance — placing it in the top third of countries worldwide by 2013 — has accelerated in the past two years.…  Seguir leyendo »