Published: September 2020
Combining evidence-based analysis, human stories and art in the form of poetry, Cruelty or Humanity displays dramatic examples of cruelties practiced around the world which are then linked to compelling arguments about humanitarian alternatives.
Cruelty has long been a feature of states' domestic and foreign policies but is seldom acknowledged. Governments mouth respect for human rights yet promote discrimination, violence and suppression of critics.
Documenting case studies from around the world, distinguished academic and human rights activist Stuart Rees exposes politicians' cruel motives and the resulting outcomes. Using his first-hand observations and insights from international poets, he argues for courageous action to support non-violence in every aspect of public and private life for the survival of people, animals and the planet.
'A sobering account of a disease that inflicts unimaginable pain on all living things. Stuart Rees courageously gives it its proper name 'cruelty', brilliantly identifies its causes and effects, and with erudition and compassion points the way to a healthier future.' - Joseph Camilleri, La Trobe University
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