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Vietnam Careful, Not Jubilant After South China Sea Ruling Against China

Helen Clark | Posted 07.16.2016 | World
Helen Clark

PERTH, Australia -- Vietnam's reaction to the South China Sea ruling is surprisingly muted for a country that has so much at stake.

From the Baltic to the South China Sea, Russia and China See One Foe -- the U.S.

Artyom Lukin | Posted 07.15.2016 | World
Artyom Lukin

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia -- Two years ago, I wrote that America was pushing Russia and China to form an anti-Western quasi-alliance, possibly recreating conditions that led to past conflicts. Unfortunately, things have only gotten worse since then.

Philippines' Landmark Victory in the South China Sea and Its Discontents

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 07.15.2016 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

MANILA, Philippines -- The ruling provides the new Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte a crucial bargaining chip as Manila seeks to re-open long-frozen diplomatic channels with Beijing, prevent military conflict and revive previously robust investment relations between the two estranged neighbors.

Dangerous Love: How China Sees America

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 07.13.2016 | World
Tom Doctoroff

Most Americans, only marginally less ethnocentric today than twenty years ago, have a simplistic, nuance-free view of China and the Chinese people. Although apprehensive about the rise of an economic juggernaut and its impact on the American way of life, the images China casts up are rooted in the past.

China and The Philippines' Dual South China Sea Challenge

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.13.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

The ruling raises a host of questions - for China, for the Philippines (which brought the action against China to the PCA), and for the other nations bordering the South China Sea, which also have ongoing disputes with Beijing on the same subject.

Arbitration Ruling and Philippines-China Relations Under the Duterte Administration

Rommel C. Banlaoi | Posted 07.12.2016 | World
Rommel C. Banlaoi

MANILA, Philippines -- Duterte is willing to talk to China, and China must read his lips.

A Gesture of Tenderness. On the Public Display of Affection

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 05.19.2016 | Queer Voices
Frank Ligtvoet

He was the first, and I was very much in love with him. Carlo was out, dressed flamboyantly, had black suede glam-rock boots, gave ultimate care to his black reddish colored hair and used make up.

Do We Hold Maintenance Staff Accountable for Genocide Even as We Absolve Politicians?

Mariya Yefremova | Posted 05.06.2016 | World
Mariya Yefremova

Accountability is not the most popular subject for leaders and heads of state. Institutions, such as the International Criminal Court (ICC) are particularly unpopular.

Kenya at The ICC: Those Who Refuse to Learn From History

Washington Osiro | Posted 04.08.2016 | World
Washington Osiro

The harsh and inescapable truth regarding Kenya's post-election violence of 2007/2008 that only the twisted can quibble over is that approximately 1,300 innocent Kenyans lost their lives.

Dutch Flowers

Susan Jaques | Posted 04.08.2016 | Arts
Susan Jaques

Springtime brings two blossom-filled celebrations of Dutch flower painting. In The Hague, the Mauritshuis is displaying its €6.5 million March acqu...

Serbian Ultranationalist Vojislav Seselj's Acquittal: A Travesty of Justice

Samuel Ramani | Posted 04.07.2016 | World
Samuel Ramani

On March 31, 2016, the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) controversially acquitted Serbian nationalist Vojislav Seselj of war crimes.

Saving Kidnapped Children From A Failed System

Stephan Said | Posted 03.29.2016 | Crime
Stephan Said

My daughter Noluenn was abducted to France by her mother in August 2013. Then 8 years old, Noluenn was born and raised in the U.S.A, and grew up in Ne...

An historic Week: Bringing War Criminals to Justice

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 03.27.2016 | World
Stefan Simanowitz

The fact that these cases were heard in the same week may be merely coincidental, but it nevertheless sends out a strong signal that commanders who commit or permit atrocities will ultimately be held responsible.

Former Bosnian Serb Leader Karadzic Guilty Of Srebrenica Genocide

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 03.24.2016 | World

THE HAGUE, March 24 (Reuters) - Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic was sentenced to 40 years in jail by U.N judges who found him found guilty...

50 Countries and Counting: A Naturalista's Travel Adventures in The United Kingdom, The Netherlands and Spain

Patti R. Rose | Posted 03.10.2016 | Travel
Patti R. Rose

The United Kingdom (UK) London On one of my recent birthdays, my husband and I decided to travel to the U.K. , specifically to London. I had been th...

Much Remains to Be Done in the Philippines

Daniel Wagner | Posted 03.09.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

It is ironic that the first country to enforce the latest UN sanctions against North Korea by impounding a cargo vessel is the Philippines.

Corruption in Kenya: Supreme Court Judges Accused of Accepting Millions in Bribes.

Washington Osiro | Posted 02.09.2016 | World
Washington Osiro

The country's supreme court is at the epicenter of the latest incident of corruption at the highest level of yet another branch of the Kenyan government.

Hillary Clinton's strident opposition to the International Criminal Court

Stephen Zunes | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

This article originally appeared in NCR Today, January 18, 2016 Supporters of international law have expressed consternation that the leading candid...

(Not) Cooking Off the Cuff: My Latest To-Cook List

Edward Schneider | Posted 01.20.2016 | Taste
Edward Schneider

We're away again, in the Netherlands following a few days in London. As usual, even in the one week we've been eating out, I've come upon a number of things I'll be looking to make at home in one variant or another -- or in one case something I wish I could.

Virtual Court in The Hague

Jasmina Tesanovic | Posted 11.19.2015 | World
Jasmina Tesanovic

For those of us who once lived in the former Yugoslavia, The Hague is the symbol for international tribunals. Our bloodstained nation is just a myth nowadays, but this court, a congelation of nations, still exists in a building in the Netherlands, processing our historical war crimes.

China Should Be Concerned About the Hague Tribunal

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.04.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

On October 29th, in a unanimous decision, the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague issued its first, preliminary ruling concerning whether the Tribunal has 'jurisdiction' over the issues raised by the Philippines against China's so called 'nine-dash line' in the South China Sea.

The Hague To Hear South China Sea Dispute

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.29.2015 | World

AMSTERDAM, Oct 29 (Reuters) - An arbitration court in the Netherlands ruled on Thursday that it has jurisdiction to hear some territorial claims the P...

If We Cannot Respect Our Dignity, Who Will?

Washington Osiro | Posted 10.15.2015 | World
Washington Osiro

A self-proclaimed "avid reader" of my blogs recently sent me an email with the following request: "Can you write something 'positive' about Kenya?"

A Local's Guide to the Hague

College Tourist | Posted 09.12.2015 | Travel
College Tourist

Only a 50-minute train ride away from the centre of Amsterdam, The Hague (or as the Dutch call it, Den Haag) is home to the Dutch government, many exciting shops and restaurants and the famous Vermeer painting The Girl with the Pearl Earring.

President Obama's Trip to Kenya: 12 Things Revealed, A Reprise

Washington Osiro | Posted 08.05.2015 | World
Washington Osiro

President Obama's trip to Kenya revealed many things that further underscore the Rorschach Test-like impact the man engenders. The trip also revealed the cognitive dissonance that Kenyans have with corruption, tolerance and their relationship with America.