— Jose Mujica, President of Uruguay aka The Worldest Poorest President. He donates roughly 90% of his income to charity (keeping $775 a month) and has opted to live on his wife’s farmhouse with their three-legged dog over the presidential palace. Kind of makes Ahmadinejad’s mattress-less, one suit wearing regime sound like a party. (via insaniyat)
The End of Human Rights: The rhetoric surrounding the protection of human rights has been appropriated by Western nations that are only too complicit in the derogation of values once cherished around the world, writes Rohit Chopra.
The banal, everyday affirmation of America’s right to intervene in the affairs of sovereign nations, the justifications for military strategies such as drones, and the selective invocation of human rights as a principle of US foreign policy have given the imprimatur of legitimacy to a grossly unequal vision of the world in which powerful nations can capriciously decide the fate of weaker ones with no answerability to any higher standard or body.
One of the most comprehensive articles I’ve read.(via mehreenkasana)
— according to a custodian of the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. I just hope Mr President that it wasn’t from the tax I pay! (via umalik)