Author: Jean-Philippe Stone

Blood And Iron: Volkswagen And Modern Slavery In Brazil

On June 14th, labour prosecutor Rafael Garcia Rodrigues pressed charges against the German car-manufacturing giant Volkswagen for having owned a farm worked by slave labour in the 1970s and 1980s. Law professor and cleric, Father Ricardo Rezende, told Le Monde that he has spent four decades gathering information on Volkswagen’s

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Bringing Up The Bodies: Mass Graves From Spain’s Civil War Exhumed

The Guardian reported in May that descendants of 21 out the 3,400 Republicans executed in Valencia after the Spanish Civil War will finally recover the remains of their ancestors, whose bodies were flung into mass graves in Paterna Cemetery. The war began in 1936 after Nationalist military leaders, convinced that

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An Overdue Reckoning: The Napalpí Ruling And Indigenous Repression In Argentina

In May, Voice of America reported that a court in Resistencia held the Argentinian state responsible for committing “crimes against humanity” in July 1924, when police and settlers massacred around 400-500 indigenous Qom and Moqoit peoples for protesting slave-like working conditions in the Napalpí reservation. Judge Zunilda Niremperger ordered the

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A Far Way From Paradise: State Violence and Insurgency in West Papua

On April 27th, Union of Catholic Asian News reported that separatists affiliated with the Free Papua Movement (Organisasi Papua Merdeka, O.P.M.) in the Indonesian province of Papua murdered a construction worker, more than likely in response to security forces killing an O.P.M. commander a few days prior. Father John Bunay,

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Caribbean Apartheid: Anti-Haitianism In The Dominican Republic

Anti-Haitian sentiments in the Dominican Republic are spiralling out of control. The Guardian reported in February that construction of a 196km-long Trumpian wall to stem the flow of migrants, gangs, and contraband is well underway. In addition, Haitians fleeing destitution and a crumbling healthcare service at home face appalling mistreatment

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A Warning From History: Sanctioning Russia Will Not Save Ukraine

The United States, the European Union, Britain, Canada, Australia, Switzerland, and Japan have imposed wide-ranging and crippling economic sanctions, travel bans, and other restrictions in response to Russia’s relentless assault on Ukraine. Unfortunately, they are unlikely to make a difference. Political scientist Robert Pape proved beyond doubt, in an expansive

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On Deadly Ground: Unexploded Ordnance And Agent Orange In Cambodia

On January 10th 2022, an anti-tank mine killed three deminers affiliated with the NGO Cambodian Self-Help Demining in northern Cambodia. This tragic incident is a reminder that despite considerable progress, deminers have yet to clear 2,034 kilometres strewn with landmines and cluster bombs, according to the Phnom Penh Post. The

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Battered Hills: The Struggle Of Bangladesh’s Indigenous Jumma Tribes

The Chittagong Hill Tracts (C.H.T.) are home to Bangladesh’s indigenous Jumma tribes, which consist of eleven ethnicities and predominantly Buddhist, Christian, and animist believers and which are, like Indigenous and Aboriginal groups in the United States, Canada, and Australia, battling an encroaching oblivion. The Bangladeshi government at Dhaka’s brutal crusade

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Manufacturing Savagery: U.S. Military Training In West Africa And Beyond

On January 24th, Burkina Faso bore witness to its third destabilizing coup in less than a decade. It also marked the eighth successful putsch American soldiers launched in multiple West African countries since 2008. The Intercept reports that Ouagadougou’s new leader, Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, took part in many United

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A Past Forever Present: Truth And Reconciliation In Burundi

Burundi’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), established in 2014 to ease ethnic animosities between the Hutu majority and Tutsi minority, has caused controversy ever since. Development and Cooperation states that Tutsi politicians still accuse TRC members of being too one-sided in their investigations of Burundi’s troubled past. The TRC discovered

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Tears After The Rain: The Legacy Of The Gukurahundi Genocide In Zimbabwe

In 1983, Robert Mugabe, then Prime Minister and leader of ZANU-PF (Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front), launched the final phase of his plan to turn Zimbabwe into a one-party state. He sent the North Korean-trained Fifth Brigade (called “Gukurahundi” in Shona) into Matabeleland to exterminate “dissidents.” What arguably

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Ghosts Of Biafra: Nigerian Militias Demand Release Of Separatist Leader

On December 14th, Sahara Reporters obtained footage depicting armed members of the separatist Biafran National Guard (BNG) urging the Nigerian government to release Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the outlawed Igbo nationalist Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) organization. Vanguard reported on December 11th that Kanu, who was imprisoned on terrorism and

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Skanda’s Wrath: The Militarization Of Indian Society

Militarization and excessive nationalism are seeping into every layer of Indian society. Retired Air Marshals publish books lauding India’s soldiers while minimizing or ignoring their worst crimes. Sociologists like Sanjay Srivastava lament that jingoistic marketing campaigns for food and consumer goods, especially after India’s incursions into Pakistani-occupied Kashmir in 2016,

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Thousands March To Condemn Violence Against Women In Chile

On November 25th, women of all ages clogged the streets of Santiago, Chile to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Thousands shouted “No Means No” as they marched through Bernardo O’Higgins Avenue, French-owned independent news network France24 reported. This march represents a powerful rebuke to

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Israel Reluctant To Save Jews From War-Torn Ethiopia

On the 20th of November, the Chairman of the Struggle to Save Ethiopian Jewry Organization, Joseph Feit, urged Israeli authorities to “bring all of the 14,100 Ethiopian Jews who have been awaiting aliyah (immigration to Israel), in some cases for decades. Otherwise Israel will be partially responsible for deaths which

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