Friday, 7 March 2008

still wondering

An article on the BBC website instigated the thinking about cultural rights in a global context in my wee mind.

The article portrays the perspective of a Japanese whaler on whale hunting which is banned by the International Whaling Commission. Japan still hunts whales for scientific purposes.

Initially, I compared the hunting of whales in Japan to bull fighting in Spain and fox hunting in Ireland. These are activities that invoke much passion amongst the pro and anti groups. Then I started wondering about activities that deeply affect people, such as forced marriages, genital mutilation, and the caste system. I am still wondering...

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