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Category Archives: Law and constitutions

Persian words in English

Following on from Arabic Words in English, I thought I’d post a similar select listing of Persian loanwords in English. Ever interested in etymology, I note that a few of … Continue reading

2 June, 2007 · Leave a comment

Home: justice for the Chagos Islanders

You may have read that the Chagos Islanders have won the legal right to go home, a victory delayed but a victory nevertheless. In the 1960s and 70s, this placid … Continue reading

25 May, 2007 · 6 Comments

‘Going blackwater’: profiteering and private armies

It has been quite a week for the US Congressional House Appropriations Committee (defense subcommittee), with two investigative journalists delivering their testimonies on war profiteering in the past week. The … Continue reading

14 May, 2007 · 5 Comments

Exceptionalism is the essence of immorality: the case of Israel

“The essence of immorality is the tendency to make an exception of myself” Jane Addams (1860-1935) “The greatest of fault, I should say, is to be conscious of none” Robert … Continue reading

11 May, 2007 · 4 Comments

Timely Reminders

"Those who crusade, not for God in themselves, but against the devil in others, never succeed in making the world better, but leave it either as it was, or sometimes perceptibly worse than what it was, before the crusade began. By thinking primarily of evil we tend, however excellent our intentions, to create occasions for evil to manifest itself."
-- Aldous Huxley

"The only war that matters is the war against the imagination. All others are subsumed by it."
-- Diane DiPrima, "Rant", from Pieces of a Song.

"It is difficult
to get the news from poems
yet men die miserably every day
for lack
of what is found there"
-- William Carlos Williams, "Asphodel, That Greeny Flower"