February 2013 (7)
Feb 20 2013 5:54PM
Pussy Riot’s 2012 overture: a year on from the cathedral stunt
A year ago this week five members of a relatively obscure Russian art-protest collective called Pussy Riot staged their now famous stunt in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow. It was all over in a matter of minutes. Security...
Feb 15 2013 1:22PM
A crucial deadline for the journalists of tomorrow
On Monday at 5pm the deadline falls on both the Amnesty International Young Human Rights Reporter of the Year competition and the Student Human Rights Reporter Award . I cannot describe how vitally important both are to Amnesty. There...
Feb 12 2013 1:34PM
The Guantánamo frame-up: 11 years and counting
When I was thinking about how to write this post about Shaker Aamer , the last UK detainee at Guantánamo, I considered a couple of typical blog-able framing devices. “I know”, I thought, “I’ll do it on the theme of Things That Have Hap...
Feb 8 2013 12:36PM
Hollywood, Chile, eBay and No
Is there a connection between a brutal dictator, a Hollywood icon, eBay, your local cinema and Amnesty International? The answer is yes and ‘No’ . Here is a bit of background. Forty years ago in Chile, General Augusto Pinochet swept th...
Feb 6 2013 2:46PM
Orwell would have liked Photoshop
A few years ago Amnesty International ran a series of spoof adverts f or a Clinique-style make-up which women could supposedly buy to cover up the bruises inflicted by violent partners. These ads popped into my head this week as I read...
Feb 5 2013 2:03PM
It's time for Nigeria to police its police
One day in May last year, a man called Goodluck had gone to bathe at a communal well at Abonnema Wharf in Port Harcourt. According to witnesses, while he was there armed police entered the Wharf, police went to the well and shot him de...
Feb 1 2013 5:22PM
Beyond the headlines - some of the horrifying accounts from Mali
When we simply glance at news reports on Mali to keep up with current affairs, it’s easy to miss the horrific consequences of this conflict. The casual observer may note for example that President Hollande is heading to Mali and that t...