422. PRESIDENT OBAMA OFTEN REMINDED US THE ARC OF HISTORY IS LONG; BUT DOES IT BEND TOWARDS JUSTICE AND HUMAN RIGHTS? BENDING THE ARC OF HISTORY WE MUST. »

1. Here are a bunch of questions that have for long puzzled other critics and me

• Why is it that those who Read more…

423. THE PARTICIPATION RHETORIC HAS HIDDEN THE REALITY OF WHAT EXCLUSION IN HUMAN RIGHTS TERMS REALLY IS. »

Look at the travesty of language: ‘The excluded’ are the majority, no?; actually, the ‘included’ are the minority. [By the way: We, human Read more…

424. WHAT WE ARE DEFENDING IS NOTHING LESS THAN THE RIGHT TO HEALTH (!), NOT UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE PER-SE. »

[Adapted from Anchoring Universal Health Coverage in the RTH: What difference would it make? Policy Brief, WHO, 2015, G. Ooms and R. Hammond Read more…

425. NEOLIBERALISM AND HUMAN RIGHTS: WHEN THE NEW ADOPTS THE CLOTHES OF THE OLD. (Harriet Friedmann) »

Nothing disappears until it is truly replaced. (Auguste Comte)

1. Neoliberalism is not really new. It is actually an even more anti-social version Read more…

426. GIVEN THE STRONG RESISTANCE BY STATES TO ANY TRUE ACCOUNTABILITY MECHANISMS IN AGENDA 2030, WILL THE SDGs LEAD TO STATES AIMING TO ACHIEVE ‘HUMAN-RIGHTS-DEVOID-OF-MEANING’ INDICATORS? »

We cannot create the impression that the SDGs are a normative rather than a political framework. The SDGs are a political compromise, one Read more…

427. OF DATA, COMMUNICATIONS, THE MEDIA AND HUMAN RIGHTS. »

In development work, there is a tendency to confuse political discourse with technical knowledge, enhancing the power of select experts over a) political Read more…

428. ANY SITUATION, AS BAD AS IT HAS BECOME, CAN GET WORSE. (Ho Chi Minh) »

-In the post-truth era, it is not pessimism that is called-for, realism is. Perhaps truth will ultimately survive and there will be a Read more…

430. I HAVE DERIVED MY POLITICS FROM ETHICS… IT IS BECAUSE I SWEAR BY ETHICS THAT I FIND MYSELF IN POLITICS. »

The end justifies the means when something justifies the end (Joseph Stalin)

1. In case you have not noticed it, consensus positions Read more…

431. CONVENTIONAL HISTORY HIDES A WHOLE LEGACY OF HISTORICAL INEQUALITIES, STRUCTURAL DISADVANTAGES, GENDER DIFFERENCES AND HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES, AS WELL AS BIASES IN HOW LAWS AND POLICIES HAVE BEEN IMPLEMENTED THROUGHOUT. »

1. Conventional historians are inclined to use histori¬cal information of previous historians to supplement what they find during their research and to flesh Read more…

432. PEOPLE TOO OFTEN LOWER THEIR GAZE AND SUBMIT TO THE OVERWHELMING POWER OF THOSE WHO GOVERN US. »

In reality, if people get closer and look those who govern us in the eye they will often be astonished by their mediocrity. Read more…