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Dangerous pity

The millions donated to Ethiopia in 1985 thanks to Live Aid were supposed to go towards relieving a natural disaster. In reality, donors became participants in a civil war. Many lives were saved, but even more may have been lost…
David Rieff  

Imperialism or barbarism

Human rights is the organising principle of the new world order just as anti-communism was for the cold war. So far the west has willed the ends but not the means. After Kosovo, we must acknowledge that the only realistic…
David Rieff