Editor’s Note: As promised from my previous reply following earlier thoughts and commentary on an Al Jazeera post, this is my term paper on humanitarian intervention from my freshman-year Introduction to International Affairs course. Unfortunately, the essay requirements called for a cover page and bibliography to be printed and submitted separately. I likely saved them temporarily to my desktop and deleted them after. Meaning 1) I don’t remember the title, and 2) unless I go back through JSTOR and the library databases, I don’t have the sources for any of the parenthetical citations. You’ll just have to take my word for it for now. 

The assignment was an 8-page paper on any topic we’d covered. I was two pages short (and my TA chided me for the long quotations), but that didn’t hurt my grade any. I’d like to stress again that I do not agree with the conclusions I reached. They’re unassailable as far as the available literature was concerned from a legal standpoint, but I am still in favor of humanitarian intervention in general. And that was my original topic–until midnight before it was due. 

Tagged everyone who liked or reblogged those posts. Enjoy. 

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Send me to Turkey

Hey there, tumblrarians. I got accepted to a program at my university to study abroad in Turkey for 6 weeks this summer, but I don’t have anywhere near enough money to currently pay for it. I’m counting on financial aid and loans, but the program payment deadlines are too early for that to make a difference. Here are the deadlines:

  • Confirmation deposit of $1,500 due by January 16th.
  • Rest of payment, an amount of $4,396, due by February 20th.

The fee doesn’t include airfare, but if any of you out there can help with even $5, it would help mean the world to me. I have a donate link on my blog, but here is the link itself, so you guys can donate via my paypal account. Again, even something as small as $5 would help. I appreciate any amount you can donate, and any signal boosts. 

Cheers, tumblr.

sensiblestupidity  asked:

Hey Bobby, question. I see you often post pictures of food from restaurants, or going out to bars, and so on. I was curious about whether the appearance those pictures create, which is that you eat out/go out all the time is a representative one, and if so how you manage to swing it. I'm impressed by it, frankly, since I hear NYC is an expensive place, and your job and health issues seem to weigh on you heavily. Not trying to pry, just wanted to know how you pull it off. Keep up the good work

Nope, You’re not prying at all. This is my blog where I choose to put myself out there so I expect personal questions such as this, I’m surprised I don’t get them more often. 


  • I tend to only go out for food and drinks on weekends, and I order in for food at work during the week, But I rarely go out during the week because compared to most people, I work insanely long hours at this thankless job. So weekends is when I flip out. Burning the candle at both ends for life yo. 
  • How expensive NYC can be is all relative I think. I don’t really go out to dinner at expensive places on a regular basis at all. Then again everyone’s definition of “expensive” is different based on where your coming from. I’ll tell you one thing though, I definitely spend more money on alcohol than food when I go out. That’s where they really get you. So don’t be too impressed. My bank account isn’t impressed by it much.
  • As far as my health goes, that’s a more recent issue, since I’ve only been a mess since the car accident back in ‘12. I mostly take it day by day. I’m always in some sort of pain, whether it is my back or my shoulder or ribs but some days are just worse than others. I try not to complain about it too much. This also adds to the fact why I don’t go out during the week much, if at all. Between working all day and going to treatments for my pain, I just want to go home and pass out most of the time. I do have to push myself sometimes to be perfectly honest. Some days I’d love to just stay in bed but (as cliché as it sounds) you only live once and since I almost died in that accident I don’t want to waste my time doing nothing. If I have the chance to go out and do something I’m most likely going to do it, My body may not thank me the next day, but fuck it, we may not be here tomorrow.

sensiblestupidity  asked:

Hey, maneatingbadger, first off: love your blog. You're one of the most consistently intelligent sources of news and information that I follow. What I wanted to ask you about was your post about justification of military intervention, or the lack thereof. I agree to a point, and I would think dialogue should also concern whether sovereignty is more important than intervention on human rights grounds, though I know intervention generally causes more problems than it solves.

Nah I’m just a conduit with a penchant for pretty packaging. But still: 

As for my little rant on Al Jazeera’s post, I’d be happy to post my paper on the subject if people don’t mind a 6-page essay in their dashboards. In it, I prioritized sovereignty over human rights from a legal standpoint. Intervention is almost always fraught with issues, but I’m still unable to reconcile the strictly legal argument in favor of sovereignty with the dire and ongoing costs of human suffering. Humanitarian intervention could conceivably cover for more insidious motives and create all kinds of havoc with both the intervener and the intended beneficiaries, but there has to be some response to human rights abuse that is 1) effective and 2) cost-effective. And again, I am at a loss as to what.