Reflections on Violence

My blog usually features pictures of buses, not long rants. But I hope you’ll take some time to read this post and follow some of the links (which themselves could take hours)

MIT's Green Building with a black ribbon

MIT’s Green Building with a black ribbon

“When children are terrorists, we are all terrorists.”

These are the words of a Yemeni man from al-Majalah in the documentary Dirty Wars (trailer below).

The words struck a chord, especially given the highly publicized string of violent acts that erupted in Boston two weeks ago. For me, his statement evokes three themes:
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Electric Fences

The majority of the houses around where I was staying in Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs were surrounded by electric fences. The ubiquity of these fences, along with the regular patrols of private armed guards, filled the leafy suburbs with a paramilitary air.