links for 2009-09-18
Friday, September 18, 2009
"The psychology research on the supposed East-West dichotomy in thinking styles may be a subtle and contemporary manifestation of scientific racism. After all, the research project of finding differences between “the East” and “the West” is based on the Orientalist tradition of Western European colonial societies attempting to define their identities against the societies they were colonizing (which happened to be towards the east of where they were located). Moreover, the “scientific” conclusions about Westerners thinking analytically and being individualist, and Easterners thinking holistically and being collectivist, fit in too well with popular stereotypes…"
"EVERY DAY IT BECOMES CLEARER that the current form of “Enforcement First” immigration tactics boil down to a War on Latinos with all the measures in place lending themselves enabling, requiring, or encouraging the illegal practice of racial profiling. The data and evidence grows, and here is another addition."
"According to Karapatan, the largest human rights group in the Philippines, more than 1,000 activists, peasants and civilians have died and thousands more have been tortured or abducted since 2001. Those allegations have been echoed by groups like Human Rights Watch, based in New York, which has accused the government of being engaged in a “dirty war” against leftists."
"President Obama on Thursday announced a reconfigured system that won’t be based in Poland or the Czech Republic, and will be aimed at intercepting Iranian missiles."