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The tales destruction tells

feature of this century.2 Forms of mass violence certainly differed, and continue to differ, widely from one country to another, from one system to another, from one continent to another; nevertheless, this ‘age of extremes’, in the words of historian Eric Hobsbawm,3 has seen an outburst of violence that has produced, as its logical consequence, mass death, ideological mass death, and therefore millions of corpses. It may seem a truism, since this aspect of human destiny is shared universally, that every human body ends marked by rigor mortis before the decomposition of

in Destruction and human remains

1 The biopolitics of corpses of mass violence and genocide Yehonatan Alsheh Introduction For the past four decades, students of biopolitics have been probing why the spectacular growth in the application of technologies and policies that aim at the optimization of human life has been articu­lated with a parallel proliferation of human death. Various studies have been suggesting many objects or sites that are arguably highly symptomatic of the issue at hand – a privileged epitome of the biopolitical quandary. The most famous of these is the camp that Giorgio

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, she finds herself convicted for murder and sentenced to death. Most of the film’s action takes place in Mary’s condemned cell as she waits to hear if her appeal has been successful and relives her doomed love affair with Jim (Michael Craig) that led to her crime passionel and her arrest. The film, unusually, does not have a happy ending: there is no last-minute reprieve for Mary. The film concludes as

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predecessor, Sir John Oldcastle (d. 1417), for the misleader of Prince Hal in 1 Henry IV (1596). (See the discussion of the Oldcastle contretemps in ‘Shakespeare’s bad timing’ in Longer notes’ below.) In August 1596 Brooke succeeded Henry Carey as Lord Chamberlain; he briefly held the post until his death in March 1597, at which time Carey’s son, George

in Reading Shakespeare’s mind
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tyrannical landlady Helen Allistair (Freda Jackson). Squalid and overcrowded, it nonetheless functions for Viviane as an anonymous place of sanctuary, where she can temporarily conceal herself from the prying gaze of the outside world. Whilst she is there, Jerry is sentenced to death and executed. Initially, her despair at losing him means that she is lost in her own misery and able to ignore the blatant exploitation

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. The people of the future offered him the possibility of joining them, but, instead, he chose to travel back to that day at Orly, in search of the woman who might be waiting for him. Once there he finally realised what it was he had witnessed the first time: the moment of his own death. Escape was not possible: ‘there was no way to escape Time’.19 In this second fantasy of the future, time becomes a circle, coming back to a beginning that always already entailed a particular end. It points to the impossibility of controlling the future, and a determinism or a

in Change and the politics of certainty
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of the coalition government that had ruled Turkey since April 1999 – a relatively long period for a Turkish executive – and to a new round of general elections, held in early November 2002. The reforms that the Turkish Grand National Assembly adopted in August 2002 are a great leap forward. The death penalty was abolished, Kurdish education, television, and language courses were made legal. Among the adopted fourteen principles of the reform package, the Turkish parliament left the death penalty for times of war only. (No executions have been carried out in Turkey

in Turkey: facing a new millennium

1 All great storytellers have in common the freedom with which they move up and down the rungs of their experiences as on a ladder. A ladder extending downward to the interior of the earth and disappearing into the clouds is the image for a collective experience to which even the deepest shock of every individual experience, death, constitutes no impediment or barrier. Walter

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The wall texts of a Percy family manuscript and the Poulys Daunce of St Paul’s Cathedral

’, ‘Reignes of the Kinges of England’, Siege of Thebes, and Troy Book; William Cornish’s A Treatise between Information and Truth; John Skelton’s ‘On the Death of the Earl of Northumberland’; the anonymous Le assemble de dyeus; the anonymous ‘The blsyoure of the arms of kyngis’, which describes the arms of various kings; William Peeris’s metrical chronicle of the Percy family; and, of course, the Tudor-Percy emblem placed between two sets of wall texts. Overall, the manuscript includes works that provide advice on governance and moral authority, and others that speak to the

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The Tokyo trial of Japanese leaders, 1946–48

notorious Bataan death march in 1942. To an even greater extent than Webb, Jaranilla could not be seen as possessing the detachment required to sit as a judge. Pal was appointed by the British authorities in New Delhi when the Truman administration reluctantly permitted the appointment of an Indian judge. He was conversant with international law and was a former judge of the Calcutta High Court. He was also sympathetic to the accused because he regarded Japan as in part responsible for liberating Asia from occidental imperialism.26 Preparations for the Tokyo trial were

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