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The politics of genocide

"In this impressive book, Edward S. Herman and David Peterson examine the uses and abuses of the word 'genocide'. They argue persuasively that the label is highly politicized and that in the United States it is used by the government, journalists, and academics to brand as evil those...

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Contributors: Peterson, David (Other); Herman, Edward S. (Other)
Format: Electronic Book
Language:English
Published: New York Monthly Review Press 2011
Online Access: Volltext (Verlag)
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Summary:"In this impressive book, Edward S. Herman and David Peterson examine the uses and abuses of the word 'genocide'. They argue persuasively that the label is highly politicized and that in the United States it is used by the government, journalists, and academics to brand as evil those nations and political movements that in one way or another interfere with the imperial interests of U.S. capitalism. Thus the word 'genocide' is seldom applied when the perpetrators are U.S. allies (or even the United States itself), while it is used almost indiscriminately when murders are committed or are alleged to have been committed by enemies of the United States and U.S. business interests. One set of rules applies to cases such as U.S. aggression in Vietnam, Israeli oppression of Palestinians, Indonesian slaughter of so-called communists and the people of East Timor, U.S. bombings in Serbia and Kosovo, the U.S. war of 'liberation' in Iraq, and mass murders committed by U.S. allies in Rwanda and the Republic of Congo. Another set applies to cases such as Serbian aggression in Kosovo and Bosnia, killings carried out by U.S. enemies in Rwanda and Darfur, Saddam Hussein, any and all actions by Iran, and a host of others." -- Publisher description
Item Description:Includes bibliographical references and index. - Description based on print version record
Physical Description:Online Ressource (159 p.)
Format:Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
ISBN:9781583673874
1583673873