International Criminal Justice Is Not Dead Yet

Globe Post (July 25, 2017)

“The work of international criminal justice is long and messy, so I understand the defeatism from the realists when they are told that accountability may take decades to be realized, especially when they see justice delayed as justice denied.

On this Day of International Criminal Justice—15 years since the ICC entered into force and 70 years since a young Ferencz prosecuted Nazi criminals—I respectfully disagree. The work of international criminal justice continues to get done despite worsening global situations and the siren song of despair. Just take Ben Ferencz’s word for it.”


How to Spot Fake News

Globe Post (June 25, 2017)

“The good news is we are now paying more attention to the need to educate the public, despite much damage. We need to start developing comprehensive standards among all these initiatives to ensure consistency, and we need to begin thinking about early childhood education, as our toddlers are already being raised in front of screens.

Although the New York Times had its own fake-news blunder last week, they were right that both sides need to “hold themselves to the same standard of decency.” Both need to uphold basic digital-verification standards. Our nation depends on it...”


Lower Sproul Workers Must Receive Salary Equal to Other UC Workers

Daily Californian (July 26, 2015)

“I can only hope the ASUC understands that its decision making in this matter will affect the livelihood of community members. Many of those community members are underrepresented minorities, who as contract or temporary workers will be almost four times more likely than noncontracted laborers to rely on welfare income, according to a report published by the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education. While many members of the ASUC ran on platforms of serving the community, Chartwells has no accountability for doing so. Do not outsource these campus jobs and push others into poverty.”


Black April Anniversary Calls Us to Make Narratives Heard

Daily Californian (April 28, 2015), with J. Chau

“As we continue to cope with the impacts of U.S. intervention in Southeast Asia, the Southeast Asian student communities provide a welcoming atmosphere for those seeking to associate with others who have experienced similar struggles. Black April reminds us, the Southeast Asians in the United States, that the reason we are here in the country is because of U.S. foreign policy. Although our narratives have been silent since the fall of Southeast Asia, it is now more necessary than ever to reflect on our histories — both the struggles and the progress. Finally, these dates should also be remembered by other communities of color as a reminder of our similar histories of struggle. In light of this, the dates also serve as signals for a more cross-cultural community of solidarity.”


What Free Speech Movement at Berkeley?

College Fix (September 9, 2014)

“Nicholas Dirks, himself an historian, said in a campus-wide email last week that it was important to recognize “the broader social context required in order for free speech to thrive.” He argued for the campus community to determine when free speech goes too far: “Specifically, we can only exercise our right to free speech insofar as we feel safe and respected in doing so, and this in turn requires that people treat each other with civility.”

Needless to say, this is a curious interpretation of the animating principle of the movement that cemented Berkeley’s place in the history books. Berkeley is the university remembered for its student dissent, civility be damned.”


Remembering Ronald Reagan 30 Years Later

Daily Californian (June 9, 2014)

“The legacy of the Reagan administration is tainted by the Iran-Contra affair and even the controversy of Reaganomics, but I invite students here at Berkeley to look at Reagan beyond the things we already know. This was not an evil man hell-bent on destroying the Soviet Union or disregarding human rights. Reagan took great thoughtfulness in his actions as president — as both an ideological man and a man of practical compromise.

He believed that the Soviet Union was not the problem; it was communism. He criticized that system for violating human rights, continuing Jimmy Carter’s human rights revolution. Furthermore, he was also hostile to Nixon’s detente and committed his administration to changing the previous strategies of containment that had failed. In foreign policy, his agency as America’s 40th president helped end Soviet-American estrangement and bring forth the ascendance of the new world order in international relations.”