Nik Howard

State of Abuse

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Review of 'The Deportation Machine', Liz Fekete, Institute of Race Relations £10

For those who doubt the violence of what Bush and Blair call 'free and civilised' western states, this report from the Institute of Race Relations documenting the reality of deportation makes sobering reading. Liz Fekete brilliantly exposes the hypocrisy of rich states that self-servingly criticise human rights abuses abroad while failing in their obligations under international law to provide asylum.

Spot the Difference

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I was surprised by the very positive nature of Alex Callinicos's piece on Derrida ('The Infinite Search', November SR).

Callinicos misses the grave ambivalence in much of Derrida's philosophical allegiances.

Derrida's powerful debt to the German philosopher Martin Heidegger is not mentioned once by Callinicos, though Derrida always admitted the primacy of this influence. Heidegger's legacy is tainted due to links with the Nazi Party in the 1930s and his commitment to what he called the 'inner truth and greatness of National Socialism'.

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