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If There's a Syria Diplomatic Deal, Thank Congressional Resistance to a New War

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics
Mark Weisbrot

If Congress refuses to authorize Obama's proposed bombing, it will be the first time it stopped a president from going to war. For those who want the United States to be an empire, that is a scary thought.

Doing Nothing Is a Right, But Is It Right?

Alex Glashausser | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics
Alex Glashausser

How the United States should respond to Assad is far from clear. If we think a strike would help, though, then we shouldn't let others' reluctance stop us from taking the lead. Maybe what this country is actually all about is doing something.

China and Syria

Donald Gross | Posted 11.11.2013 | World
Donald Gross

One of the most significant aspects of the case China makes against a military strike on Syria is its consistency with positions taken by leading American opponents of an attack.

Did Al Assad Lie to Charlie Rose?

Paula Gordon | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics
Paula Gordon

"Assad was a master of evasion, dodging, weaving, demanding absolute certainty; he treated the interview as a game of chess, making the necessary moves to avoid having to admit the evidence he knows (I believe) is there."

When Should We Violate International Law in Order to Enforce It?

Craig Martin | Posted 11.09.2013 | World
Craig Martin

Those who advocate for yet again violating the norm on aggression should consider the long term ramifications of this for the international legal order.

Six Reasons to Oppose an Attack on Syria

Stephen Zunes | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

Here are some of the top talking points that should be raised before members of Congress as to why authorizing US airstrikes on Syria would be a bad idea.

The Problem of Syria -- and a Solution

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 11.05.2013 | World
Lawrence Wittner

If the Syrian government has used chemical weapons to massacre large numbers of people that is a real problem -- not only a dastardly act, but a clear violation of international law. But will the U.S. lobbing cruise missiles into Syria provide a solution to the problem?

Parents, Presidents, Provocations and Principles

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

As a parent, I see no way to ignore the flagrant violation of international law in Syria and not rue the choice. I realize as well that international law is violated often around the world. But we can't fix what we don't know is broken, and much of such abuse takes place in shadow.

U.S. Attack on Syria Would Violate International Law

Dan Kovalik | Posted 11.03.2013 | World
Dan Kovalik

The U.S. is a founding member of the UN and a party to the UN Charter which, at its core, was designed, in response to the devastation wrought by WWII, to prevent aggressive war of the type the Obama Administration is contemplating.

Mr. President, Here Is a Viable Non-Military Option for Syria

Kip Hale | Posted 11.03.2013 | World
Kip Hale

It is time to discuss a non-military intervention that adheres to and reinforces the rule of law as well as encourages a political solution. It is time to discuss a contingent referral of Syria to the International Criminal Court.

Syria: If the Tomahawk Missiles Fly, Peace Must Be the Target

Gordon Marino | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics
Gordon Marino

If President Obama elects to pull the trigger and let the Tomahawk missiles fly, the singular target of those missiles must be peace and the well being of the Syrian people.

America Must Close the Syrian Box

Howard Schweber | Posted 11.01.2013 | World
Howard Schweber

The whole world really is watching. Obama did not create this box, the Assad government did that. Now the box has been opened -- we have to try and close it up again.

International Law and the U.S. Military Strikes on Syria

Craig Martin | Posted 10.31.2013 | Politics
Craig Martin

A use of military force for the primary purpose of defending American "credibility," in which many innocent people will be killed, and in which the normative power of the international legal order will again be undermined, is not only unlawful, but is also illegitimate and unjust.

If the British Can Stop Their Government From Waging War in Syria, Why Can't We?

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The British parliament's vote against going along with the United States' attack on Syria is a direct result of that country's attempts to come to terms with the lies of the Iraq War.

The Syrian Reprisal

Heather Roff | Posted 10.29.2013 | World
Heather Roff

That the Syrian regime used chemical weapons does not necessarily entail that the U.S. becomes the international judge, jury and executive to dole out punishments. Indeed, reprisals are subject to strict criteria.

Getting Off the Wheel of Misfortune: US Policy and Syrian Suffering

Lisa Schirch | Posted 10.29.2013 | World
Lisa Schirch

Syria is yet another tragedy where the U.S. has no good options, and this is partly a result of its own inconsistent and contradictory policy and goals. Ending violence in Syria requires a long-term solution. There just isn't any quick fix.

Civil Society: A Powerful Voice That Cannot Be Ignored

Tiina Intelmann | Posted 10.21.2013 | World
Tiina Intelmann

Despite the summer lull, the International Criminal Court (ICC) continues to receive the attention of the international media. On July 17 the Day for International Criminal Justice marked the achievements of the international community in the fight against impunity.

Do As We Say, Not As We Do: The Haitian Cholera Epidemic and the Moral Legitimacy of the United Nations

Beatrice Lindstrom | Posted 10.19.2013 | World
Beatrice Lindstrom

Cholera, a water-borne disease that can kill in a matter of hours, was introduced into Haiti via untreated human waste that leaked from a UN peacekeeping base into the river that serves as the water source for tens of thousands of Haitians.

The Other Final Frontier: Energy Development in the Emergent North

Peter Gardett | Posted 10.06.2013 | Green
Peter Gardett

New evidence that the far northern reaches of the globe are becoming increasingly passable and habitable means that the last 100 years may be seen as just a break in the story of development and settlement.

Now You See Him, Now You Don't

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

There are two men, both of whom, Washington is convinced, must be brought in: one to face "justice," one to escape it. And all of this is a given, nothing that needs to be explained or justified to anyone anywhere.

International Criminal Justice Day: Making the Impossible Possible

Tiina Intelmann | Posted 07.17.2013 | World
Tiina Intelmann

Today, celebrating the Day of International Criminal Justice, is a perfect occasion to not only commemorate the strides that have been made toward ending impunity but to also demonstrate a continued commitment to ensuring accountability for crimes that threaten the peace, security, and well-being of the world.

On International Justice Day, an Inconvenient Truth

Amnesty International | Posted 09.15.2013 | World
Amnesty International

By Scott Edwards Just as storms overwhelm unattended levees, political strife and armed conflict can overwhelm the system of international law create...

International Cyber Security at the UN: Between Doom and Hesitant Optimism

Lia Petridis Maiello | Posted 08.11.2013 | World
Lia Petridis Maiello

Clearly, establishing a worldwide regulatory framework for Internet security will require staying power, juridical skill and a strong belief in the need to protect both the integrity of vital Internet resources and the lives of those threatened by cyber insecurity.

The United States and the ICC: Support From Outside of the Rome Statute System Matters

Tiina Intelmann | Posted 07.17.2013 | World
Tiina Intelmann

It is a court of last resort ready to step in if everything else fails, and over the past ten years it has gained wide recognition for its work. At the same time the Rome Statute system is lacking enforcement mechanisms in cases of a refusal to cooperate.

Boston and the Dangerous Calls for 'Enemy Combatant' Status

Craig Martin | Posted 06.30.2013 | Politics
Craig Martin

We should appreciate the potential ramifications of employing principles of LOAC to a domestic situation.