Shadows of Heroes: The Journey of a Doctor and a Journalist in the Lives of Ordinary People Who Became Victims of Torture

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Xlibris Corporation, Mar 22, 2010 - Political Science - 97 pages
This book is not a novel. It is perhaps one of the most challenging approaches that have been made in recent years on the sensitive subject of torture, as it is centered on the personal testimonies of actual torture victims as they were recorded by an antitorture doctor and a journalist who also is the author of this book. The book is an attempt to present both the current and timeless dimensions of torture across the world by recording testimonies of victims from the Middle East, Asia, North Africa, Europe, as well as North and South America. The issues of impunity, the transfer of torture methods, the legal framework and the international treaties, asylum, the war against terrorism, and the violation of human rights are only some of the issues that this book is attempting to present through testimonies and the recording of current affairs. From Afghanistan to Guantanamo Bay and from Iraq to the United States, the book is following step-by-step the events through testimonies, official records, and news reports, revealing that way the complete and true picture of human rights worldwide. For more information on the author and his work on human rights, please visit:

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Miron Varouhakis was born in Chania, Greece in 1973. He studied journalism and sociology at Michigan State University, from where he graduated in 1998. From January 1999 to September 2002 worked as reporter in Greece at Kathimerini English Edition ndash; a daily newspaper published by Greece's leading morning daily in a joint partnership with the International Herald Tribune. As a reporter, he covered mainly defense and human rights issues, while soon he became an assistant editor. After nearly four years at the newspaper, on October 2002 he went to work as a foreign correspondent for the Athens bureau of the Associated Press where he stayed until July 2005. Some of the most notable assignments while with AP included the coverage of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, the security of the 2004 Olympics in Athens, and Greece's EU rotating presidency. His articles have been published in major national newspapers in the United States, Europe, and elsewhere. In 2005 he returned to Michigan State University where he received his Ph.D. in Media Information Studies. Miron is currently teaching in the School of Journalism & Mass Communications at the University of South Carolina.

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