Shame, Badness, and Socrates’ Theory of Punishment in Plato’s Gorgias

In the midst of battle in Shakespeare’s Henry V, Orleans tells Bourbon that his forces could overcome the English if order could be restored and Bourbon replies, “The devil take order now! I’ll to the throng. Let life be short, else shame will be too long.” His impatience for restoring the order necessary for victory … Continue reading Shame, Badness, and Socrates’ Theory of Punishment in Plato’s Gorgias

I Left My Heart at Standing Rock: Native American Vulnerability Status under International Human Rights Law

Introduction Starting in August 2016, a growing movement of Native American tribes and allies have been engaged in daily protest. Their target: The Dakota Access Pipeline. The DAPL is an oil pipeline designed to transport oil as part of the larger Bakken pipeline project.[1] The Bakken project aims to connect newly accessed crude shale oil … Continue reading I Left My Heart at Standing Rock: Native American Vulnerability Status under International Human Rights Law

Losing Sight of Civilian Protection in Kashmir

In the last days of September of 2016 the armed forces of India conducted what it called “surgical strikes” against claimed terrorist targets inside Pakistan. Though the term “surgical strike” conjures up images of relatively small, precise and limited air strikes or small special-ops missions like the one that killed Osama bin Laden, the term … Continue reading Losing Sight of Civilian Protection in Kashmir

From Hobby to Weapon: The Rise of the Aerial-borne Improvised Explosive Devices

As the offensive in Mosul began, a small, unmanned airplane, reminiscent of remote controlled (RC) airplanes flown by hobbyists, flew over Kurdish Peshmerga fighters north of the city. Concerned about the nature and purpose of the vehicle, security forces downed the plane to eliminate any threat it may have posed.  A small group of soldiers … Continue reading From Hobby to Weapon: The Rise of the Aerial-borne Improvised Explosive Devices