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Why the Big Tribal 'Payout' Is Only a Start

Dennis Worden | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Dennis Worden

The complex legal history of the federal government's connection to Native American tribes was on display in separate events last week, neither shining a positive light on this continuum of American history, but both sowing the seeds for a more positive future.

Senate Needs to Ratify Nuke Test Ban Treaty

William Lambers | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
William Lambers

The United States simply cannot return to the Cold War days of nuclear tests. We have not carried out any tests since 1992. We need to keep it that way. The alternative is downright scary.

The Impotent Plenipotentiary

Alex Glashausser | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Alex Glashausser

Just as Scalia will never be an unborn widow, he appears unlikely--regardless of any (en)treaties--to assume the role of legal doctrine's most indispensable character: the reasonable person.

Honor the Earth: Love Water, Not Oil

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.29.2014 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

Lots of oil and a shaky or non-existent infrastructure is cause for lots of worry in the North Country.

Stop the War on International Law

Don Kraus | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Don Kraus

Whether you care about stopping climate change, getting rid of nuclear weapons, ending genocide or support human rights for all, it is past time to acknowledge and stop our self-destructive war on international law.

Crisis in Ukraine: a Cascade of Many International Law Violations

Boris Mamlyuk | Posted 05.13.2014 | World
Boris Mamlyuk

Despite the centrality of international law to the ongoing crisis, there has been remarkably little substantive discussion regarding the precise conventions, norms, and principles of international law at issue.

Agreements to Protect - Fail to Protect

Micah D. Halpern | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics
Micah D. Halpern

Have you ever heard of the Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances? Here's a hint. It was signed in Budapest, in 1994. My guess is, probably not. ...

The Constitution We Nearly Had

Robert J. Spitzer | Posted 11.15.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Spitzer

Imagine a very different Constitution -- one where Congress could kill any state law, where a twenty-six member Senate controlled treaty-making with other nations, and where the president's veto was exercised jointly with the Supreme Court.

It's a Matter of Respect

Andrea Lyon | Posted 08.30.2011 | Politics
Andrea Lyon

In just a few days, the state of Texas is scheduled to execute a Mexican citizen. His name is Humberto Leal Garcia. Mr. Leal is a Mexican nat...

Getting Your Man to Commit

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

While roses and tubs of those Trader Joe's cookies are awesome, there is nothing more sexy than a man who is so self-assured that he'll work to shift the gender-power equation.

Democracies Dancing With the Devil

Dovid Efune | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dovid Efune

Backhanded handling with imposed leadership structures throughout the world may be a sad necessity for democracies; comprehensive agreements with concrete commitments including the ceding of land is downright irresponsibly dangerous.

Obama Nuclear Summit: World Leaders Meet In Washington To Stop Spread Of Nuclear Weapons

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama optimistically opened a 47-nation nuclear summit Monday, boosted by Ukraine's announcement that it will give...

Copenhagen Explained: A Game Of Double Jeopardy

Mother Jones | David Corn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

This Is A Special From Mother Jones, Written By David Corn. At the Copenhagen summit, there isn't a negotiating process to reach a climate pact. Ther...

Why Isn't Health Care an American Right?

Terry Humphrey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terry Humphrey

The U.S. Senate has never ratified the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of 1966, one provision of which would mandate universal health care.

The Bloodless Coup of the Global Financial Stability Board: From Guidelines to Rules

Ellen Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ellen Brown

Political colonialism is now a thing of the past, but under the new Financial Stability Board guidelines, nations can still be held in feudalistic subservience to foreign masters.

Exceptionalism is Wearing Thin

Judith Blau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judith Blau

There are only 15 "core" human rights treaties that are in force. In the case of 3, the US has signed, without ratifying, them. In the case of 7, the US has neither ratified nor signed them.

Confirm Harold Koh as State Department Legal Adviser

Brandt Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brandt Goldstein

Harold Koh is a brilliant and hard-working lawyer with a strong dedication to protecting America's interests and upholding our Constitution.