Cultural Site Destruction & Trump

International Law and Mob Mentality.

The idea of destroying a cultural site isn’t new. Many different countries and military factions have destroyed important cultural sites. It is for one reason, and one reason only; cultural shame and power dynamics. Recently, Donald Trump has given the suggestion on Twitter of destroying very important cultural sites of Iran. This is a clear violation of the “Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict”. To destroy sites, is to violate international law.

Justifications I’ve seen to violate UN law meant to protect…


Flooded Refugee Camp in Tijuana (Al Jazeera)

In my time working with the Central American refugees and Asylum Seekers of the Caravan in Tijuana, I have come across many false arguments against helping these people. Some arguments can easily debunked and can be dismissed as a stereotyped argument filled with prejudiced statements, but some points forced me to go back into history to prove as false. …


An empty street in Tijuana, Mexico

In the past few weeks thousands of refugees from Central America (mostly Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala) are in route and have arrived to Tijuana. One of their goals is to gain entry into the United States for a better life. When one of the first large groups of refugees and asylum seekers arrived in Tijuana, they were met with massive protests against their existence in Tijuana. Appalled at the protests, last month I decided to do something to help aid the refugees and asylum seekers. I started a fundraiser…


The misinformation and way people have been talking about the Caravan baffles me. On Twitter, I am constantly reading about people’s opinions on “Mexicans (or even South Americans) being gassed like Jews”. This is extremely troubling to me as someone who is half Mexican and half Jewish. Even good meaning people who are wanting to help these refugees, keep referring to them as Mexicans or South Americans. They are neither of these groups of people. When I confronted someone on Twitter that Mexicans aren’t being gassed in Tijuana — they are refugees from…


I had done some research…



While in Lithuania this past summer, I felt an urge to pay my respects to Holocaust Memorial outside of Vilnius in Paneriai. Paneriai holds the site of the grounds where Nazi’s murdered 100,000 people, in which 70,000 of them were Jews. The site is outside the metropolitan area of Vilnius, and appeared to surrounded by woods. I entered the memorial site on a Monday afternoon, and it became very apparent that there was no one working there and no one visiting there. The signs were mostly in Lithuanian, however I was able to read signs in English and from the…

Eric Tyler Landon

Intern at UNFPA & L.L.M. in International Law

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