Kirthi Jayakumar's Blog – November 2012 Archive (3)

Legally Regulate, rather than Outlaw

In my Last Post, I spoke about Humanitarian Intervention and explained that though law does not permit it, practice shows that it does exist.

Having established the fact that Humanitarian Intervention does indeed exist, the issue now is not whether a state should intervene or not, rather, what the state that intervenes should conform to. Over the last 40 years, a number of…

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Added by Kirthi Jayakumar on November 26, 2012 at 1:33pm — No Comments

Humanitarian Intervention Exists

“Humanitarian intervention” is a mechanism relied upon to prevent or stop a gross violation of human rights in a state, where either the state is incapable of doing the needful for its people, or, where the state is unwilling to do the needful for its people or may be the perpetrator of human rights abuses against its people. In terms of the intent, it differs from illegal intervention in that the ultimate gain of a humanitarian intervention is for the people of the state intervened into.…

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Added by Kirthi Jayakumar on November 19, 2012 at 1:36am — No Comments

Is the Al-Qaeda rising, again?

When the Arab Spring began, there was a lot of speculation as to the future of the Al Qaeda. Most believed that the organization would die down when the first waves of the revolutions in the Middle East came about, as the Al Qaeda was still nursing wounds from the death of its leader Osama bin Laden. The Arab Spring was perceived as a new channel for the angst of the disgruntled youth in the Middle East, who were otherwise becoming recruits in the Al Qaeda – being disillusioned with the lack…

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Added by Kirthi Jayakumar on November 13, 2012 at 1:12am — No Comments

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Global Ethics Forum Preview: The Ethics of Big Data with danah boyd

Next time on Global Ethics Forum, Microsoft Research’s danah boyd discusses the ethical and political implications of big data and artificial intelligence. In this excerpt, boyd explains to journalist Stephanie Sy some of the disturbing issues that arise when machine learning and algorithms are used in the criminal justice system.

What the Qur'an Meant: And Why It Matters with Garry Wills

Northwestern's Garry Wills says that he was surprised to learn that Islam is a much more "inclusive" religion than Judaism or Christianity.

The Future of War: A History, with Lawrence Freedman

"Though most of the literature you will read on the future of war certainly talks about war as between regular armies, as proper fights, now with drones or with autonomous vehicles or robots or whatever, or even painless--cyber and so on--yet actually the reality of war is as it has always been: it is vicious, and it is nasty, and it kills the wrong people, and it does so in considerable numbers."

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