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UN Watchdog Could Gain Access To The Most Secret Corner Of Guantánamo Bay

The Guardian | Annum Masroor | Posted 05.12.2016 | Politics

The most secret corner of Guantánamo Bay could be opened up to the UN torture watchdog for the first time, if an audacious legal gambit succeeds....

The GOP Has Assaulted Our Constitutional System

Andy Schmookler | Posted 04.29.2016 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

The Republican Party most loudly proclaims its deep allegiance to our founding document. Yet in recent years, the leaders of the GOP have engaged in an assault on our constitutional system in ways unprecedented in American history:

We Must Hold Assad to Account for Murdering Doctors and Journalists

Donna McKay | Posted 03.24.2016 | World
Donna McKay

They are supposed to enjoy a protected status on the battlefield. But in Syria, where the crisis marked its fifth year this month, health workers and journalists are deliberately targeted.

On National Security, GOP Candidates Aren't Very Good With the Facts

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 03.11.2016 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Trump, Cruz, and Rubio (and Kasich) want to show the American people that they would be wise stewards of America's foreign relations. And yet whenever foreign policy is discussed in these debates, they hurt themselves as soon as they open up their mouths.

Who Is the U.S. Killing With Drones?

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 03.12.2016 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

As the news broke on March 7, 2016, that U.S. drone strikes had killed 150 people in Somalia, the White House announced it will reveal, for the first time, the number of people killed by drones and manned airstrikes "outside areas of active hostilities" since 2009. This is a critical first step toward much-needed transparency. But it will not go far enough.

Trump's Kryptonite: Members and Veterans of the Military

Jon Soltz | Posted 03.11.2016 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Michael Hayden, the retired General that Trump says "scares him" because we haven't yet defeated ISIS? Trump was scared of him, alright. Scared enough to do something Donald Trump is loath to ever do -- backtrack.

Should Israel Flatten Beirut -- Again?

Halim Shebaya | Posted 02.29.2016 | World
Halim Shebaya

Flattening Beirut has been done before. Flattening Gaza has been done before. And both may be done again if Israel's license to kill with impunity is left unchecked.

Saudi Arabia Is Killing Civilians With U.S. Bombs

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 01.26.2016 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

In September 2015, Saudi aircraft killed 135 wedding celebrants in Yemen. The air strikes have killed 2,800 civilians, including 500 children. Human Rights Watch charges that these bombings "have indiscriminately killed and injured civilians."

Islamic State: The Menace Is Its Narrative

Tamim Ansary | Posted 12.11.2015 | World
Tamim Ansary

The future of the terrorist threat hangs on a battle of ideas, but the contest is not between Islamic and Western civilizations; it's between two competing narratives in the Muslim world. We in the West can't formulate that new Muslim vision, but we can undermine the people who are forging it.

'Drone Papers' Revelations Are a Cry for Ending the Slaughter

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 11.06.2015 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

"The Drone Papers" tell us the administration labels unidentified persons who are killed in a drone attack "enemies killed in action," unless there is evidence posthumously proving them innocent. Since the U.S. is involved in armed conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan, international humanitarian law -- namely, the Geneva Conventions -- must be applied to assess the legality of targeted killing. The Geneva Conventions provide that only combatants may be targeted.

Where Is the Humanity?

Ban Ki-moon | Posted 11.02.2015 | Politics
Ban Ki-moon

Protecting civilians in wartime is a cornerstone of the international system and the United Nations. Indifference will only make our world far less secure. Our continued failure to act is a disgrace and a stain on the conscience of the world. Even war has rules; it is time to enforce them.

Kunduz Hospital Bombing: Probable Cause The US Committed a War Crime

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Obama should consent to a full, independent, impartial investigation of the hospital bombing by IHFFC. If that investigation shows that war crimes probably occurred, appropriate prosecutions of the U.S. chain of command should ensue.

Challenging the Injustice and Inequality Driving Crises: Marking World Humanitarian Day

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 08.19.2015 | Impact
Winnie Byanyima

Our world is becoming a more dangerous place. Crises are intensifying. And the people who are most poor and vulnerable are always left suffering the consequences. That is what we must remember as we mark World Humanitarian Day this year.

Can We Bring a Glimmer of Hope to Syrians?

Peter Maurer | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics
Peter Maurer

Every child born in Syria is touched by the conflict. Medical services are crumbling, the economy is on its knees, and the multitudes of jobless have few savings left to live on. The conflict will not stop tomorrow and we are planning ahead. There will be at least five more years of intense humanitarian activity required.

9/11 Defendant Claims Ongoing Injuries From CIA Torture

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 04.14.2015 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Walter Ruiz, Mustafa Ahmed Adam al Hawsawi's lawyer and a former Navy commander, told the court that Hawsawi's treatment needs stem from injuries he sustained under U.S.-sponsored torture. Ruiz wants to interview his client's doctors to learn more about the "ongoing bleeding" and "colorectal issues that stem from his time in captivity...."

Rejecting Torture Is the Right Thing to Do

Peter Maurer | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
Peter Maurer

Experience shows that the reliance on illegal, immoral, and inhumane interrogation techniques is universally a very poor choice.

The Use of Torture Will Cause Blowback, Not the Torture Report

Jon Soltz | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics
Jon Soltz

We tried to sound the alarm about what harm torture could bring. The Bush administration didn't listen. Had they, we simply wouldn't be here today. If there is any positive to come out of the release of this report, and turmoil that may come as a result of facts being released, let it be, finally, a wake-up call. Let it lead to the American people immediately disqualifying any candidate for president, in 2016, who won't clearly and definitively rule out the use of torture by intelligence or military under their administration. Let it serve as a reminder of our duty to hold our elected officials accountable for what they do, or plan to do, in our name. And let it remind us that the reasons against torture are more than just moral ones. They're quite practical, too.

150 Years After the First Geneva Convention, Switzerland and the ICRC Call for Greater Respect for International Humanitarian Law

Didier Burkhalter | Posted 10.23.2014 | Politics
Didier Burkhalter

150 years ago to the day, the first Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and Sick in Armed Forces in the Field was adopted, declaring that even in times of war, a certain degree of humanity must be preserved. We are now calling for stricter compliance with this principle.

Psychology Students Missing Out On Critical Human Rights Lessons: Report

The Huffington Post | Sara Bondioli | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics

Graduate students in psychology learn far too little about military medical ethics and international human rights laws, a report published Wednesday s...

Perpetual Peace Is a Work in Progress

Yemi Babington-Ashaye | Posted 10.05.2014 | Impact
Yemi Babington-Ashaye

We appeal to everyone in the world to raise their voices to condemn violence and the loss of human life wherever it may occur. Above all, we appeal for an end to hostilities.

Missing Pieces in Analysis of Targeted-Killing Memo

Morris Davis | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
Morris Davis

The news media and bloggers have covered the memo's release extensively, particularly whether the Obama administration's position squares with the Constitution and U.S. laws. However, there are two areas that I believe are equally important that have been overlooked or ignored.

Syria: Enough Is Enough

James Zogby | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

This degree of U.S. involvement may not be welcomed by many Americans and it will likely be rejected in many parts of the Arab World. But enough is enough. Something must be done to help end this Syrian nightmare.

The Real Origin of the Term 'Enemy Combatant'

Peter Jan Honigsberg | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics
Peter Jan Honigsberg

I have spent over 12 years searching for the person who suggested that the term enemy combatant be adopted by the Bush administration. Now I know. The rest is dismal history.

The Challenges of the New Year

James Zogby | Posted 02.27.2014 | World
James Zogby

The Middle East promises to be every bit as complicated and challenging to US policy-makers as it has been in the year just ending. There is a dizzying array of conflicts and crises unfolding across the region -- all of which will involve the US in the year to come.

France's President disappoints Palestinians

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

France has always been a country that cares first and foremost about itself, which is normal, but sometimes it is so calculating that it comes across ...