Gwilym David Blunt's Blog (4)

Charlie Hebdo, Mia Khalifa and the sacredness of vulgarity

All of us are shocked by the brutal attack on Charlie Hebdo and the continuing violence in Paris. The rallying cry of #jesuischarlie has spread across the Twitter-sphere, but this has generated a backlash. Charlie Hebdo published a great deal of offensive material over the years. People feel outraged over the murders, but do not want condone what they see as a vulgar and offensive publication.

 

I disagree.

 

Charlie Hebdo is not a publication that I have ever…

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Added by Gwilym David Blunt on January 9, 2015 at 11:39am — 1 Comment

Are we fighting a just war against the Islamic State?

For the past three weeks a multinational coalition has been engaged in an air campaign against the Islamic State. We've been told the fight will be a long one, but will it be a just one?

In the linked post I question whether air strikes are sufficient means to the end of defeating IS and protecting innocent civilians. This is not a simple theoretic question, but a pressing policy issue. The people of Kobane have been fighting a concerted IS attack for several weeks and air support has…

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Added by Gwilym David Blunt on October 13, 2014 at 6:17am — 1 Comment

Is there a genocide in Syria and Northern Iraq?

It seem that the international community is coming together to stop the so-called Islamic State (otherwise known as ISIS or ISIL). The airstrikes are continuing. It looks as though we will be…

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Added by Gwilym David Blunt on September 24, 2014 at 10:02am — No Comments

"When is Genocide Permissible?" Never.

There is something rather awkward about blogging about your other blog, but I've just posted a response to Yochanan Gordon's now deleted blog post "When is Genocide Permissible?" The answer to this question is that it is never permissible. This is should be so obvious that no one should bother asking the question. However, it's important to be able to explain why genocide is never permissible rather than to treat it as self-evident. The forensic dissection of such arguments will, ideally,…

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Added by Gwilym David Blunt on August 6, 2014 at 10:31am — No Comments

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Just War, Unjust Soldiers, & American Public Opinion, with Scott D. Sagan

Do soldiers fighting for a "just cause" have more rights than soldiers fighting on the other side? In this interview following up on an "Ethics & International Affairs" article, Stanford's Professor Scott D. Sagan discusses the results of a study he conducted with Dartmouth's Professor Benjamin A. Valentino on how Americans think about this profound question.

The Democratic Debate and Competing Narratives

As the Democratic field of presidential candidates narrows, the contenders are beginning to devote more attention to foreign policy and Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev has some important questions: Would Warren and Sanders stand by with their non-interventionist stances if they make it to the White House? Will climate change become a focus for any of the candidates?

Behind AI Decision-Making, with Francesca Rossi

With artificial intelligence embedded into social media, credit card transactions, GPS, and much more, how can we train it to act in an ethical, fair, and unbiased manner? What are the theories and philosophies behind AI systems? IBM Research's Francesca Rossi discusses her work helping to ensure that the technology is "as beneficial as possible for the widest part of the population."

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