An Interview with Celso Amorim, Former Brazilian Foreign Minister
Juliano Fiori

of power in the international system, the construction of a more democratic global order; and, on the other, the promotion of an ethical order associated explicitly with human rights, which included the fight against hunger – the product of a policy of ‘non-indifference’, to use your phrase. CA: Sure, there was. And I was often criticised. But in fact many of the critiques came from outside Brazil and were to do with the way we approached human rights – to do with our good relations with Iran, for example. There was a tension, but I don’t think

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
A Focus on Community Engagement
Frédéric Le Marcis, Luisa Enria, Sharon Abramowitz, Almudena-Mari Saez and Sylvain Landry B. Faye

, 2015 ; Richardson et al. , 2016 ; Wilkinson and Fairhead, 2017 ). Externally imposed structural adjustment in the 1980s hollowed out all (non-military) essential state functions. This, in turn, transformed citizens’ relation to and expectations of the postcolonial state and its legitimacy. Exacerbated by experiences of conflict and instability, weak health sectors and economies and an eroded social contract set the foundations for the crisis of 2014. The place of these countries in

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The Algerian war and the ‘emancipation’ of Muslim women, 1954–62
Author: Neil Macmaster

In May 1958, and four years into the Algerian War of Independence, a revolt again appropriated the revolutionary and republican symbolism of the French Revolution by seizing power through a Committee of Public Safety. This book explores why a repressive colonial system that had for over a century maintained the material and intellectual backwardness of Algerian women now turned to an extensive programme of 'emancipation'. After a brief background sketch of the situation of Algerian women during the post-war decade, it discusses the various factors contributed to the emergence of the first significant women's organisations in the main urban centres. It was only after the outbreak of the rebellion in 1954 and the arrival of many hundreds of wives of army officers that the model of female interventionism became dramatically activated. The French military intervention in Algeria during 1954-1962 derived its force from the Orientalist current in European colonialism and also seemed to foreshadow the revival of global Islamophobia after 1979 and the eventual moves to 'liberate' Muslim societies by US-led neo-imperialism in Afghanistan and Iraq. For the women of Bordj Okhriss, as throughout Algeria, the French army represented a dangerous and powerful force associated with mass destruction, brutality and rape. The central contradiction facing the mobile socio-medical teams teams was how to gain the trust of Algerian women and to bring them social progress and emancipation when they themselves were part of an army that had destroyed their villages and driven them into refugee camps.

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Recognition, Vulnerability and the International
Kate Schick

an oppositional attitude to, those norms which have carried non-reflective, non-self-critical individuals – perhaps even themselves – into collective blindness.’ Foremost among those norms are the prioritization of self-advantage and coldness or indifference to others. An education for resistance, or ‘knocking things down’ (Adorno and Becker 1999 : 31), encourages students to

in Recognition and Global Politics
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Reasonable tolerance
Catriona McKinnon and Dario Castiglione

modern toleration seems to lie the prudential maxim of indifference to others: ‘live and let live’; or perhaps the more guarded version: ‘good fences make good neighbours’. Slowly, but decidedly, the assimilationist drive that characterised the formation of nation-states across the modern world has been reversed because of pressures from both within and without. For better or for worse, the barriers of the private sphere have been weakened, if not entirely dismantled, which opens up the operations of personal and private life to the uncomfortable scrutiny of the public

in The culture of toleration in diverse societies
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The no-thing that knows no name and the Beckett envelope, blissfully reconsidered
Enoch Brater

become the empty can, but in the transformational historical process this anxiety between object and audience has become a terrifying metaphor for the anxiety the world imposes on us as we approach the final quarter of twentiethcentury aesthetics.4 Shades of Harold Rosenberg, self-quotation notwithstanding. In his 1964 study, The Anxious Object: Art Today and Its Audience, Rosenberg made a persuasive case for an unenviable condition Beckett had earlier problematized in his novel Watt: ‘But what was this pursuit of meaning, in this indifference to meaning? And to what

in Beckett and nothing
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Some philosophical obstacles and their resolution
David Heyd

to competing points of view. There is a point in both the accusations of liberals and those of religious fundamentalists: the one group is psychologically MCK11 1/10/2003 10:35 AM Page 203 David Heyd 203 inclined to dogmatic and intolerant attitudes; the other to scepticism, pluralism, and indifference. But of course there is no symmetry between the two: non-liberal systems of values can do without the principle of toleration; they advocate the principle of compromise in its stead, and they do so without compromising in a deep sense their commitment to their

in The culture of toleration in diverse societies
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Evil, Genocide and the Limits of Recognition
Patrick Hayden

world, a world that is then defined by its rigid non-relation (or absolute opposition) to those others who are perceived as if they should not be (Hegel 2004 : Introduction; Hegel 1967 : §341–60). In political terms, what should be a ‘unified’ social world is hollowed out by evil that instead ‘substitutes a void’ (Hegel 1967 : §140). Evil, then, is not simply indifference

in Recognition and Global Politics
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The management of migration between care and control
Pierluigi Musarò

strategies and discursive practices enacted by a wide range of state and non-state actors present the Mediterranean Sea as the setting of a perpetual emergency. European and national political agencies, military authorities, humanitarian organisations, and activists, have been representing migrants crossing borders as a significant problem to be managed in terms of a wider social, cultural and political

in Global humanitarianism and media culture
James Thompson

Children in Crisis, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) based in London, and a Congolese organisation called Eben-Ezer Ministry International (EMI). In a broader school building and teacher development programme, sponsored by Comic Relief among others, my responsibility had been to train local community animators in interactive and participatory theatre techniques so that they could subsequently create performances on the subject of girls’ education and women’s rights. EMI believed that by encouraging communities not to discriminate against girls in access to

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