Category Archives: Harming People – Keeping People Oppressed

This section gives examples of how people are oppressed / harmed by exploitation.  Should be read in conjunction with Opposing Oppression and Injustice. This is part of staying in power/struggle for control. It is a separate section because of its importance.

Conflict 2020

Conflict is an essential element, probably the most important one, in creating societies where exploitation is important.  It is easy to see in the past: one group or nation conquered another and put those conquered in a subsidiary status, taking their land, taxing them and placing them in an inferior position through various means. These patterns frequently continue into the present, in (usually) weakened, but still present, form.  Conflict can occur between nations, or between the current rulers of a state and those that want to rule, who may be either the oppressed, or a group that wants to continue a pattern of oppression.

Sunken boats. Stolen gear. Fishermen are prey as China conquers a strategic sea  Shashank Bengaliand and Vo Kieu Bao Uyen Los Angeles Times November 12, 2020

Creating refugees: Displacement caused by the United States’ post-9/11 wars
David Vine, Cala Coffman, Katalina Khoury, Madison Lovasz, Helen Bush, Rachel Leduc,and Jennifer Walkup Costs of War Project, Brown University September 8, 2020 (30 page PDF file)

USA and France dramatically increase major arms exports; Saudi Arabia is largest arms importer SIPRI March 9, 2020

800,000 Syrians have fled in three months: this is what it looks like Vivian Yee, Allison McCann, Hwaida Said, and Haley Willis New York Times February 14, 2020
Some crowd into trucks. Others go on foot. The current Syrian crisis is similar in scale to the Rohinga crisis of 2017. Hundreds of thousands of people are trying to escape relentless airstrikes in northwest Syria.

“I lost my two legs after I stepped on a mine laid by Da’esh [the Arabic acronym for IS] when we tried to escape from al-Shaafa 10 days ago,” 17-year-old Ammar said, as his father Ahmed drew back the blanket covering his legs, both blown off below the knee.  “We didn’t have access to a hospital, so I had to prepare his bandages at home, with salt and water,” explained Ahmed. His youngest son, sitting in the back seat, lost his legs in the same escape attempt. “I thank God we managed to flee at last,” Ahmed said. “But why did my sons have to go through all this pain?” Credit: New Humanitarian/Constantin Gouvy

Fleeing the last days of Islamic State in Syria Constantin Gouvy New Humanitarian January 24, 2020

Sibri Natana sits at a restaurant in Fada N’gourma with two of her children. In December she was forced to watch as jihadists murdered her brother. Credit: Sam Mednick/TNH

In eastern Burkina Faso, spreading violence and little international aid Sam Mednick New Humanitarian January 21, 2020

People return from Iran at a border crossing near Zaranj in Afghanistan’s Nimroz Province on 19 January 2020. (Credit: Stefanie Glinski/TNH)

Fleeing the last days of Islamic State in Syria Constantin Gouvy New Humanitarian January 24, 2020

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Measuring exploitation and oppression 2019

Global Trends: Forced displacement in 2018 United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees June 19, 2019

World military expenditure grows to $1.8 trillion in 2018 Stockholm International Peace Research Institute April 29, 2019

Gender Development Index 2018 United Nations Development Program “The GDI measures gender gaps in human development achievements by accounting for disparities between women and men in three basic dimensions of human development—health, knowledge and living standards using the same component indicators as in the HDI…. It is a direct measure of gender gap showing the female HDI as a percentage of the male HDI.”

Gender Inequality Index United Nations Development Program The  GII  is  designed  to  reveal  the  extent  to  which  the  realization  of  a  country’s  human  development  potential  is  curtailed  by  gender  inequality. The 2018 GII can be downloaded as an Excel file from this site. A fuller explanation of the GII is provided by UNDP Measuring Key Disparities in Human Development: The Gender Inequality Index, especially pp 8-14.

The Committee to Protect Journalists tracks Journalists killed, missing and imprisoned under CPI Data. There were 50 journalists killed during 2019, with 64 missing and 250 imprisoned at the end of 2019, according to their records. CPJ Alerts reported over 380 specific attacks on journalists and publications in 2019.

Cover of How to Be a Dictator

How to Be a Dictator: The Cult of Personality in the Twentieth Century by Frank Dikötter

The field guide to tyranny Adam Gopnik The New Yorker December 23, 2019
Dictators tend to share the same ugly manner because all seek the same effect: not charm but intimidation.

Cover of How to Be a Dictator Credit: Bloomsbury

Law as a weapon

Cover of Plaintiff in Chief Credit: Macmillan Publishers

Plaintiff in Chief: A Portrait of Donald Trump in 3,500 Lawsuits by James D. Zirin Reviewed by David Fahrenthold in If you can’t beat the case, beat the system Washington Post November 22, 2019

Law is usually viewed as a method of settling conflicts, but it can also be used as a weapon. President Trump is doing this now as he faces an impeachment inquiry and many lawsuits. This book shows how Trump has employed this strategy throughout his career.

Also see Law as a Weapon in Social Conflict Austin T. Turk Social Problems February 1976

The first large protest in London against the Saudi bombing of Yemen, equipped and supported by the United Kingdom and the United States. March 7, 2018 Credit: Alisdare Hickson

73 percent of the world’s dictatorships receive United States military assistance

US provides military assistance to 73 percent of world’s dictatorships Rich Whitney Truthout September 23, 2017

Photo: The first large protest in London against the Saudi bombing of Yemen, equipped and supported by the United Kingdom and the United States. March 7, 2018 Credit: Alisdare Hickson