Joan Smith

Joan Smith is a novelist, essayist, columnist and campaigner for human rights. She has published six novels, including the Loretta Lawson series of crime novels. Her non-fiction includes includes Misogynies, Hungry For You and Moralities: How to Stop the Abuse of Money and Power in the 21st Century.

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Sunday, May 8, 2011 - 11:26am
Western Moral Authority Died in Abbottabad
It isn't Hollywood. It isn't an action movie with Sylvester Stallone or Bruce Willis crashing through an upstairs window, spraying bullets. On the contrary, it seems likely that Spielberg or Scorsese would make a more coherent version of last weekend's operation in Abbottabad, appreciating both its moral dimension and the need to get the story straight in advance.
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Sunday, June 20, 2010 - 9:17am
What About Compensation for Bhopal?
Moral outrage is seldom a pretty sight. When BP's chief executive Tony Hayward appeared before a Congressional investigation into the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, there was little he could say to placate angry members of the energy sub-committee. Most of the committee members had turned up to take part in a ritual denunciation, a modern version of putting someone in the stocks, and Hayward remained for the most part impassive as the rancid eggs rained down.
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Sunday, October 18, 2009 - 11:16am
Our 'Don't Ask' Policy on Torture Demands Some Answers
Shortly after the suicide bombings on the East Coast in the autumn of 2001, a debate began in the US about whether it could ever be right to use torture to thwart further terrorist attacks. Most Western liberals were horrified, but we should have been quicker to realise where it might lead: excessive eagerness by some Western security agencies to accept information obtained under torture, and a hard-right American administration signing off on rendition, water-boarding and internment at Guantanamo Bay.
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