MCOM 218- Peace for Our Planet

MCOM 218- Peace for Our Planet is now available as an LEP Goal 8 (Global Perspectives) course online for Fall 2020.

Dr. Roya Akhavan presents a timely course where students will explore how racism, nationalism, religious strife, gender inequality, and extremes of wealth and poverty function as the root causes of violence and war, and how applying best practices in mass communication can contribute to creating a more just and peaceful world.

header Roy's MassComm class

Sexual abuse of detainees

https://www.aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/immigrants-rights-and-detention/ice-detention-center-says-its-not-responsible

A recent investigation into sexual abuse in immigration detention found that there were 1,448 allegations of sexual abuse filed with ICE between 2012 and March 2018. In 2017 alone, there were 237 allegations of sexual abuse in immigration detention facilities.

Le Monde about far-right

Halimi, S. (2016, June 1). Why the far right is on the rise. Retrieved August 21, 2019, from Le Monde diplomatique website: https://mondediplo.com/2016/06/01edito

Serge Halimi: ‘Imposing cruel sacrifices on entire nations in the name of rules that you don’t understand, and forgetting about those rules as soon as your political cronies break them, creates the climate of amorality and cynicism in which the far right advances.’ (From the archive.)

 

8chan

As major internet platforms try to halt the dissemination of toxic content, Watkins’ site has become an essential tool for those trying to spread it.

When Ted Kaczynski, the terrorist and triple murderer known as the “Unabomber”, wanted the world to read his thoughts, he demanded that the New York Times and Washington Post publish his 35,000 word “manifesto” or he would send a bomb “with intent to kill”. The newspapers weighed the decision for three months, despite the threat. When they finally decided to publish at the recommendation of the US attorney general and Federal Bureau of Investigation, the terrorist screed was packaged with context and analysis.

Twenty-four years later, white nationalist terrorists can skip the blackmail and go directly to 8chan to attain notoriety, spread their ideas and inspire copycats. In the first 24 hours after the live-streamed massacre of 51 Muslim worshippers in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March, Facebook removed 1.5m copies of the video.