By Noam Chomsky, Edward W. Said, Ramsey Clark
Via 3 separate essays, this booklet offers an in-depth research of U.S.-Arab kinfolk, the contradictions and results of U.S. international coverage towards "rogue states", and the way antagonistic American activities out of the country clash with U.N. resolutions and overseas legislations. Noam Chomsky compares U.S. international coverage to that of the "rogue states" which the U.S. identifies as its enemies. Ramsey Clark argues that U.S. sanctions and army activities opposed to Iraq are indefensible, and in violation of the common statement of Human Rights.
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Indeed, defenders of group rights argue that some interests are essentially collective and can thus not be individualised, that is, reduced to the aggregate of group members’ interests. Accordingly, it would make sense, for instance, to argue that a group has improved independently of the particular share in the global wellbeing that each individual member may have; or one could say that a group’s interest in preserving a distinctive cultural heritage cannot be adequately grasped if it is reduced to an aggregation of individual interests.
The second component is of a subjective or voluntaristic nature: the willingness of the group to preserve its particular identity. Since this definition has proved widely influential in the literature and in international practice (especially in the elaboration and interpretation of international legal norms protecting minorities) it is important to examine its implications in more detail. 1. Objective Elements The idea that the concept of minority relates to the numerical inferiority of a group in a given state might be criticised on various grounds.
40 Participants in this debate, therefore, benefit from the controversy, even if each of them defends their own position and points of view. 42 The debate about contested concepts can help to illuminate the core of the dispute over the concept of minority. In particular, contrasting the different and conflicting arguments behind the competing definitions I have described might be crucial to the debate on what sort of groups, if any, might have legitimate claims to the special protection granted by rights.
Acts of Aggression by Noam Chomsky, Edward W. Said, Ramsey Clark