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Resources: 9-20-10

September 22, 2010

Resisting the Power of Fear

The Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service has released a new, six-session bible study tool, Out of the Waters: Resisting the Power of Fear, relating stories from the bible to issues of migration. The author, Rev. Dr. David Vásquez, is himself originally from Guatemala, and provided care and support for the Postville, Iowa, community following the the 2008 immigration raid there. (Image at left from LIRS.)

Resource Listings on 

The website was created by Minnesota’s Center for Victims of Torture under a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant. It provides resources for individuals and organizations working with survivors of torture, and is experimenting with disseminating its information through Facebook and Twitter, as well as its website. The Refuge Media Project would be very interested in hearing from readers about how they are using these social media, and how useful they are. Send your comments by commenting on this post.

New Book on Transitional Justice

Twilight of Impunity: The War
Crimes Trial of Slobodan Milosovic
The Open Society Justice Initiative calls this new book “a gripping guide to the prosecution of Slobodan Milosevic” which “tried not only the ‘Butcher of the Balkans,’ but also the viability of international law itself.”

“Judith Armatta, a lawyer who spent three years in the former Yugoslavia during Milosevic’s reign, had a front-row seat at the trial…she brings the dramatic proceedings to life, explains complex legal issues, and assesses the trial’s implications for victims of the conflicts in the Balkans during the 1990s and international justice more broadly…The prosecution of Slobodan Milosevic in The Hague was an important step toward ending impunity for leaders who perpetrate egregious crimes against humanity”

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9500 Liberty Coming to MTV

The documentary 9500 Liberty, which I’ve reported on previously, will be broadcast over various MTV channels on Sunday, September 26th, 2010, at 8:00 PM Eastern and Pacific Time. (MTV2, MTV-U, and MTV-Tr3s — the version showing on the latter channel will have Spanish subtitles.) 
            The filmmakers, Annabel Park and Eric Byler, will be hosting an online premiere party starting at 7:30, with special guests appearing before the film and during commercial breaks, and an online Q&A starting at 10:00 PM. To quote the press release:

“America will see how ordinary citizens, Republicans and Democrats, in Northern Virginia join forces to combat extremism and regain control of a county government.”

‘They’ Are Not Taking ‘Our’ Jobs

Check out John Feffer’s post of the same name at Foreign Policy in Focus for a clear-headed take on the economic impact of immigrant labor: “The media tends to portray the immigration issue as black and white…but the new America is a lot more mixed up and complicated than the neat categories imagined by pundits and rabblerousers.”

“If you’re upset about the unemployment rate, don’t blame immigrants. For starters, blame the U.S. companies that are sitting on a record $837 billion in cash. ‘That’s enough to pay 2.4 million people $70,000-a-year salaries for five years,’ writes Matt Krantz in USA Today…”

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