The Dilatory State: Stand Back and Watch From the Shadows

*You* can now buy the DVD of From The Shadows: A documentary about Japanese international child abducton. Awarded an honorable mention at the 2012 Philadelphia Film Festival. All persons, advocates and otherwise, concerned with globalization and international law, with family law, with respect for children’s human rights – including the right to their parents, with … More The Dilatory State: Stand Back and Watch From the Shadows

Fatherless Day 2014

“… and with the melancholy awareness of someone whose most poignant moment of existence has been turned into an infinitely reproducible object, he remarked that the boy “will never be able to get over it. He’ll spend the rest of his life staring into the distance, wondering what they’ve done to him.” ¹ Rui, today … More Fatherless Day 2014

Persistence of the Old Regime: For Parents, Japanese State-Sanctioned International Child Abduction Goes On

The historian, Arno Mayer, once wrote words to the effect that it is difficult if not impossible to compose reasoned, ordered analysis of a conflict (a military and civil conflict) when the stakes are a fight to the death over a “Holy of Holies.”¹ He was referring in that text to the Israel-Palestine conflict, and … More Persistence of the Old Regime: For Parents, Japanese State-Sanctioned International Child Abduction Goes On

12 o’clock

12:00 – Christmas Eve, and I’m moving boxes around in the night here in my apartment, trying to get myself ready for the arrival of the last of the holidays without making too much noise and disturbing my neighbors. I thought of people sleeping and anticipating what they might be doing tomorrow. I always imagine … More 12 o’clock