A Secret History of Torture by Ian Cobain

By Ian Cobain

The legit line is apparent: the uk doesn't “participate in, solicit, motivate or condone” torture. And but, the proof is irrefutable: while confronted with power threats to their nationwide defense, the gloves continuously come off.

Drawing on formerly unseen professional files and the money owed of witnesses, sufferers and specialists, prize-winning investigative journalist Ian Cobain seems to be past the cover-ups, the equivocations, and the makes an attempt to brush aside brutality because the paintings of some rogue interrogators, to get to the reality. From the second one global struggle to the struggle on Terror, through Kenya and northerly eire, A mystery historical past of Torture indicates how the West have time and again and systematically resorted to torture, turning a blind eye the place worthwhile, bending the legislations the place they could, and issuing express denials the entire whereas. What emerges is an image of england that demanding situations our complacency on human rights and exposes the lie in the back of their popularity for reasonable play.

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1. 32 The Rise of Gay Rights and the Fall of the British Empire did not when it came to pagans or Christian heretics. ”67 This cultural background of enforced moral slavery – supported, as it was, by orthodox Christianity (both Catholic and Protestant) – can explain the development of even more lethal forms of anti-Semitism in the modern period. Augustinian intolerance was, as we have seen, highly patriarchal and thus gendered. The repression of sexual voice in himself made Augustine extraordinarily sensitive, as a patriarchal man, to any questioning of the terms of his repression.

What visions of gender do we hold, and how do we incorporate our experiences and Democracy and Patriarchy 25 beliefs about gender into our cultures, our civilization, our cities, our legal system? Both these works, Gilgamesh and the Oresteia, reveal the devastating psychological impact of patriarchal values and institutions on human relationality and also suggest the roots in relationship of resistance. Ancient Babylonia was patriarchal at all social and political levels, yet its one surviving humane artistic masterpiece, Gilgamesh, shows us the price its patriarchal heroes pay – namely, uncontrollable propensities to violence and sexual relationships to women in which loving relationships with real women on terms of equality are literally not unthinkable.

What I see so starkly in the modern period is how powerful patriarchy really is: not only distorting politics and religion (as we saw in our studies of Rome and Augustinian Christianity) but also undermining science and ethics itself. Like religion and politics, ethics and science can be corrupted by patriarchy. The great historical lesson of the totalitarianisms of the twentieth century, which almost brought civilization as we know it to cataclysmic destruction, is the terrifying price we pay when our technology is so much in advance of our ethics and politics.

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