2010 Policy Journal

2010 Editorial Board
Amelia Dickson
Ann Ferreira
Brittany Foster
Kimberly Myhre
“J.R.” Rothschild
Sarah Parent

2010 Faculty and Staff Advisors
Andrea Stone, Ph.D.
Kim Sharp, MFA

Articles Included in the 2010 Policy Journal (edition #14):

Queer Politics: Writing for Collaboration and Dialogue

Salena Ashanti Farris and The Gay-Straight Alliance

This publication is a series of artifacts from the Gay/Straight Alliance at the University of Washington Bothell. The first document, “Queer Politics: Writing for Collaboration and Dialogue,” is a synopsis of the process that the Alliance was involved in with the Chancellor of UW Bothell, Dr. Kenyon S. Chan. Following are the GSA’s cover letter to the Chancellor and their letter stressing the need for change at the University, as well as Chancellor Chan’s response.

Decriminalizing Same Sex Acts in Iran: The Role of the United States Government

Molly Larabee

In Iran, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) peoples have been victimized since the Islamic Revolution of 1979. Thousands of Iranian men and women have been intimidated, harassed, arrested, tortured, subjected to cruel corporal punishment, and executed. LGBT peoples are compelled to live in fear behind closed doors because of their sexual orientations or gender identities (Ireland, 2005).

Do Impoverished Women Benefit from Microcredit in the Developing World?

Gary Seilheimer

The problem of extreme poverty continues to exist for over one billion people around the world. This article is a brief analysis of the literature and research reporting on charitable microlending activities. These activities were originally developed in the 1970s, and are meant to help impoverished populations develop economically and socially. I found that two forms of microlending have developed–charitable and commercial; while the charitable method is still successful at helping people become independent by developing businesses and personal wealth, the commercial methods often lead to continued oppression and abuse of the developing population. Thus, it appears that charitable microlending activities are more beneficial to the economic and social development of impoverished people. More research needs to be done to find ways to expand the use of charitable microlending practices.

Extraordinary Rendition: The Disregard of Human Life and Human Rights

Barbara Thomas

Since the abuses at Abu Ghraib were uncovered in (2004), policies concerning the practice of extraordinary rendition have been moved to the forefront of national and international debate. While the covert nature of rendition makes it impossible to know the exact number of rendered people, 1,763 cases have been clarified since 2009. This article analyzes case studies, current policy discussions, and international human rights documents pertaining to extraordinary rendition. According to Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, no one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest or detention and it shall not be the general rule that persons awaiting trial shall be detained in custody. Rendition cannot be utilized as a viable counterterrorism tool by the U.S. if it is violating international human rights and putting its own citizens in danger.

The Triad of Cultural Morality Applied to Food Sovereignty

Debbie Brown

We know that while Zambian women produce 60-80 percent of the food in that country they tend to be far more undernourished than the men (Rural poverty in Zambia, 2010). They are often denied the right to own property, even though many communities in their society are matrilineal and matriarchal (Rural poverty in Zambia, 2010). This paper will facilitate a discursive engagement among human development, as outlined in Sen’s (1992) capability approach, moral economies (Jackson, Ward, & Russell, 2009), postcolonial and third world feminism (Afonja, 2005; Ang, 1995; Mohanty, 2002), and various systems of moral philosophy. Drawing from these diverse disciplines, I will construct a framework upon which to build a moral development approach to Global North facilitations/interventions around food insecurity issues in Global South societies, and specifically address policy implications for women small-scale subsistence farmers in Zambia in applying for clear titles to the land they farm.

United States Arms Transfers and Human Rights

Damian Rainey

As the largest supplier of arms in the world, the United States has limitations in place regarding their transfer to nations with abysmal human rights records. This analysis examined the effect a country’s human rights record has on the likelihood of receiving weapons from the United States. This analysis also explored whether political freedom or civil liberties, had the greater influence on this likelihood. Other country level factors were also included in the analysis. Data from 2001 to 2008 was analyzed using two logistical regression models, a general one and a fixed effects model. The analysis showed that the volume of weapons purchased, and the level of political freedom affects the likelihood of receiving arms from the United States. This research supplies a basic understanding of recipients of U.S. armaments. It also provides a first step towards further understanding of the factors that may influence the transfer of arms.

Media’s Cultural Influence on the Disability Movement and the Homeless

Kazue Woodle

(No abstract)


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