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International Law

Rights Groups, Senate Demand Answers on Drones

Chris Rogers | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
Chris Rogers

How many people have been killed and wounded as a result of drone strikes and how many civilians? What are the existing processes to prevent and mitigate harm to civilians?

SeaWorld's IPO and the Third Question of Conscience

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 04.19.2013 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

Would you buy a conflict diamond, purchase a slave, or bank dividends from Auschwitz? Of course you wouldn't -- those are all questions of conscience...

The Choice of Brennan Offers Rare Glimpse Into America's Clandestine War Abroad

Daniel Medina | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics
Daniel Medina

Obama, who campaigned in 2008 on an anti-war platform pledging to lead America on a different course abroad, is arguably not the same president he was four years ago.

The Absence of R2P in Syria

K.J. Wetherholt | Posted 04.12.2013 | World
K.J. Wetherholt

It's about time we deal with international crisis with more than the powerlessness of platitudes.

Whitewashing Genocide

Diana Jenkins | Posted 06.20.2013 | World
Diana Jenkins

The United Nations, which is supposed to represent the best of our collective aspirations for justice and human rights, yesterday represented the worst.

Domestic Workers: Long Hours, Backbreaking Jobs and Few Rights

Reporters Uncensored | Posted 04.30.2013 | World
Reporters Uncensored

Two years ago, commemorating International Domestic Workers Day on June 16, governments, labor unions and employers' associations voted overwhelmingly to create global labor standards to help promote the rights of the 50 to 100 million domestic workers worldwide.

Judging the Jessup in Afghanistan

Stephenie Foster | Posted 04.07.2013 | World
Stephenie Foster

Stories about Afghanistan are often told in large set pieces about war, violence and regional history. And, in fact, those stories are critical to understanding the region, the country and the life that people live. But I am attracted to the small stories, the details that can easily be missed.

Working With Javier Bardem for Justice in Western Sahara

Kerry Kennedy | Posted 04.06.2013 | Impact
Kerry Kennedy

In August of last year, I led an international delegation to evaluate the human rights situation of the Sahrawi people in Moroccan-controlled Western Sahara and in the Sahrawi refugee camps near Tindouf, Algeria.

The Paranoia of the Superrich and Superpowerful

Noam Chomsky | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics
Noam Chomsky

If you believe you should have everything and anything gets away from you, it's a tragedy, the world is collapsing. So is America over?

Partitioning the 'Two-state Solution'

John V. Whitbeck | Posted 03.17.2013 | World
John V. Whitbeck

The issue is no longer whether and how a Palestinian state will ever come into existence -- or even whether it is still possible. It exists. The issue is when and how the occupation of the State of Palestine will come to an end.

The Case Against Kerry

Stephen Zunes | Posted 03.09.2013 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

President Obama's selection of John Kerry as the next secretary of state sends the wrong signal to America's allies and adversaries alike.

The Rule of Illegal Law in Israel: Another Upcoming Eviction in East Jerusalem

Moriel Rothman | Posted 02.25.2013 | World
Moriel Rothman

Why should Israeli Jews be allowed to use documents from before 1948 to reclaim ownership of houses lived in by Palestinians for decades when there are thousands of Palestinian refugees with pre-1948 ownership documents who are not even allowed to visit their old homes?

Double Jeopardy in Egypt: Why You Should Care

Seth Engel | Posted 02.06.2013 | World
Seth Engel

Though nominally a domestic issue, Egypt is facing a similarly vexing threat to international justice. This threat should be followed closely the world over.

Shining a Light on Human Rights and Justice Projects

Diana Jenkins | Posted 12.03.2012 | Impact
Diana Jenkins

We created a platform that allows the International Criminal Court's Office of the Prosecutor to pose difficult legal questions that it faces to the world community, and we opened the discussion to the world.

Who Defends the Good Guys?

Joel D. Hirst | Posted 01.30.2013 | Impact
Joel D. Hirst

When USG employees get in trouble following orders (which happens more often that one would care to admit); or when CIA, USAID or other USG contractors are arrested overseas, where are the big guns who dive into the fray to defend lady liberty and her servants?

The West Should Accept Palestine's Right to Exist

John V. Whitbeck | Posted 01.29.2013 | World
John V. Whitbeck

The votes of the U.S. and other Western states on Palestine's application for a UN status upgrade from "observer entity" to "observer state" will be absolutely critical to keeping alive the current slim hopes of achieving peace in the Middle East.

A Reformist Strategy to Downsize the Drone Strike Policy

Robert Naiman | Posted 01.26.2013 | World
Robert Naiman

I don't think anyone will argue with me if I say that for the last ten years Congress has done very little about drone policy.

Warning: Avoid Military-Age Men in Muslim Countries

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 01.21.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

All men in Pakistan between the ages of 20 and 40 are potential targets for a U.S. drone strike, says former Ambassador Cameron Munter. And all "mili...

The Price We Must Pay For International Criminal Justice

Kip Hale | Posted 01.19.2013 | World
Kip Hale

Within a large convention hall in the suburbs of The Hague, The Netherlands, one of the most important matters in international justice is under debate, and sadly, only the most ardent stakeholders are paying attention.

Strikes, Bites and Blood: The Graphic Case for Releasing Morgan, the Wild-Born Orca, from Captivity

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 01.08.2013 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

For the young female orca known as Morgan, the brutal bullying by the other orcas at Loro Parque is the sad reality she faces for the rest of her life unless a court in the Netherlands intervenes.

Africa Rising

Ivanley Noisette | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Ivanley Noisette

Recently I attended the Africa Brain Trust 2012 forum entitled "Africa Rising: A Continent of Opportunity," which concentrated on reinforcing support for promising development-aid strategies, providing a networking venue for interested professionals and encouraging foreign investment.

Five Specific Questions Journalists Should Ask About the Drone Strike Policy

Robert Naiman | Posted 12.26.2012 | World
Robert Naiman

Although it was a great first step that Bob Schieffer even said the word "drone" and made Mitt Romney say it too, to let politicians merely answer the question at this level of abstraction -- "I support drone strikes, too" -- is to let them off the hook.

Romney the Liberal Internationalist?

Louis Klarevas | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Louis Klarevas

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney shocked many on both sides of the political aisle when during Monday's debate on foreign policy he called for the arrest of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

American Drones Killing a Generation in Pakistan

Daniel Medina | Posted 12.22.2012 | World
Daniel Medina

Drones kill their enemies but also can miss their targets and a study released last month shows that they miss a lot.

Free Morgan: The Ocean Wants Her Orca Back

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 12.12.2012 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

Morgan's time in captivity doesn't preclude her from being retrained to live back in the wild, but as her court case lingers longer and longer, each day of delay condemns her to a life that is not life.