Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Death of Osama bin Laden: Has Anything Changed?

The assassination of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan by US Special Forces on May 2, 2011 provoked mixed reactions around the world. In the United States, it was greeted in many quarters with spontaneous celebrations and public rhetoric about justice … Continue reading

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Why I Riot

People are saying I am just a violent hooligan, a mindless thug, a criminal, an anarchist. They’re saying I lack proper respect for authority and for people’s property. They say I am engaging in wanton destruction and causing mayhem just … Continue reading

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Amputations and Crocodiles: Counter-Analogies of Political Violence

It is common for politicians and commentators to use analogies and metaphors to describe and explain acts of political violence. Medical analogies are particularly common, such as the notion that terrorism is a ‘cancer’ or that aerial bombing can be … Continue reading

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