|Posted on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 12:54 am: |
an article well worth reading (new on Claude Lalumičre's Lost Pages):
"Forced to Stand: An Expert Torture"
by Darius Rejali
(Claude notes: The author of the forthcoming Princetown University Press book TORTURE
AND DEMOCRACY reflects on the historical contexts of wartime torture)
|Posted on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 02:55 am: |
Hoping that this isn't inappropriate, but while I'm on the subject of reading, here's further thoughts.
I think it is most important to graze for information. I am internet-bound, but go around the world daily for my news.
In addition to daily reading of papers from around the world such as The Daily Star from Lebanon, the Taipei Times, China's various English-language papers -- a good list of links on the excellent Arts & Letters Daily http://www.aldaily.com/ -- here are a few places that you might not visit otherwise, that give a different degree of depth.
Jane's Defence Weekly
(such as this article on the US Army's Future Combat Systems)
War Profiteers (part of Corp Watch)
The US military paper, Stars and Stripes (particularly the letters)
Reporters without Borders
gives you an insight into what you don't read, and why. They publish annual reports that give an overview that again, is not what is reflected in mass media, anywhere.
Network of Women in Media, India
Totally misnamed, a great international site for world affairs.
|Posted on Sunday, May 16, 2004 - 02:33 pm: |
The torture of forcing people to stand is quite ancient, inquisitors used to have cages that were both too narrow to sit in and too low for a person to stand upright. Variants abound, including filling a similar low-ceiling box with ice cold water up to the victim's chest. The latter is something of a favourite in such places as North Korea and East Timor (back during the days of the Indonesian occupation).