Eisenhower Fellowships recently recognized the international medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) or Doctors Without Bor...
It seems that if you are a distinguished citizen of the most exceptional country on the planet, even war crimes have their rewards.
Since their days as medical school classmates, Bashar al-Assad and Zaher Sahloul have followed rather different paths: one became a war criminal; the other, a humanitarian advocate.
Like his non-barrier breaking visit to Cuba (his "handshake" with Raul Castro says it all), Obama's "historic" visit to Hiroshima will be yet another meaningless photo op that will give new meaning to meaningless photo ops.
The revered Latin American writer Eduardo Galeano wrote these words a few months after the events he alludes to: On May 10, 2013, 30 years after the crimes were committed, former dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt was convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity against the Maya Ixil population and sentenced to 80 years is prison.
When Airman Robert Tharratt's B-17 bomber was shot down over Nuremberg during World War II, he parachuted to safety only to be captured by a troop of Hitler Youth brandishing knives.
These acts are considered beyond the pale when Donald Trump suggests them, but here's the strangeness of it all: what The Donald is only mouthing off about, a perfectly real American president (and vice president and secretary of defense, and so on) actually did.
Abu Zubaydah wasn't involved with al-Qaeda; he was the ringleader of nothing; he never took part in planning for the 9/11 attacks. He was brutally mistreated and, in another kind of world, would be exhibit one in the war crimes trials of America's top leaders and its major intelligence agency.
The inauguration of the ICC's Permanent Premises gives us all, court officials, states and the international community as a whole, the opportunity to make a pause in our journey to celebrate what has been already achieved through our collective efforts to enhance accountability.
We understand that part of the job of Secretary of State involves "diplomacy", that long-forgotten art of talking to people instead of drone-bombing them. And we recognize that being an effective diplomat means building cordial, constructive relationships, even with countries that lob off the heads of Hogwarts graduates.
Intentionally cutting off humanitarian aid is a war crime. Add that to the staggeringly long list of war crimes committed in Syria -- unspeakable violations of what are universally considered the laws of armed conflict.
While the U.S. media gleefully reports on such war crimes when alleged to have been carried out by Assad or Putin, it is silent when it comes to covering such war crimes when committed by the U.S. or allied governments.
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.
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina -- The idea of atoning for crimes that Karadzic was found guilty of sends shivers down my spine and makes me feel as alienated as I had felt some 20 years ago -- as a child born of mixed marriage growing up in wartime Sarajevo.
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.
Unlike some cultural aspects that are relative, violations of innocent people's physical integrity - such as dropping bombs on them - is universally deviant.