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Five Ways to Protect Corporate Executives From Catastrophic Liability

Ben Kerschberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ben Kerschberg

Individual corporate executives and directors of multinational corporations will soon face high-stakes lawsuits for alleged human rights violations by...

New START Is About More Than Russia

Craig Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Craig Martin

New START is about much more than relations with Russia. It is about reestablishing U.S. leadership in the global effort to reduce the threat of nuclear weapons in the world.

German Activists to German Pols and Business Leaders: Stop Appeasing Tehran

Heather Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Heather Robinson

A growing offensive of promoting German-Iran relations is undercutting hard-won gains in the cooperative EU and U.S. effort to isolate Iran's government via sanctions.

Just Say "No" to (Bad) Climate Deal

Anu Bradford | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Anu Bradford

Doing nothing in Cancún may be a better strategy for advocates. A failure to enact a post-Kyoto agreement does not mean that there will be no price on greenhouse gas emissions.

What's Wrong With "Women's Rights," and Why the US Should Ratify CEDAW Anyway

Darren Rosenblum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Darren Rosenblum

Improving women's status in society, as CEDAW instructs, will not single-handedly eliminate gender inequality. To do that, we need to take men and other sexes into account.

Blasphemy Resolution Passes U.N. Committee

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service A resolution combating the "vilification of religions" was adopted Tuesday by a United Nations committee, but r...

Private Military Companies as Quasi-States

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Our latest entry in law journal articles on private military contractors is "Why Private Mercenary Companies Should Be Legitimized and Allowed to Ente...

Laos: the World's Most Bombed Country

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

We walked around a field where the ground was literally littered with small holes and flags, marking the dangerous bomblets buried inches beneath the surface. There must have been 50 munitions scattered across a field the size of a basketball court.

The UN Is Sixty Five Years Old and Going Strong

Don Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Don Kraus

The UN is of unquestionable value sixty five years after its inception, providing services from peacekeeping to smallpox vaccinations, all while functioning on a core budget smaller than the NYPD.

When Our Government Trains Armies in Colombia and Mexico, We Become Responsible

Lisa Haugaard | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lisa Haugaard

In Mexico, not a single soldier responsible for human rights crimes has been held accountable in civilian courts since the United States started delivering hundreds of millions of Merida Initiative dollars.

Empty Promises: Obama Takes His Middle East Peace Plan to the UN

Phyllis Bennis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Phyllis Bennis

"International law is not an empty promise" - except for Palestinians President Obama's General Assembly speech called on the international community...

Banning Slaughter

Kathy Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kathy Kelly

In Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and other areas where the U.S. routinely kills civilians, the actual killing seems distant. We grow so accustomed to our remote roles that we hardly notice the rising antagonism caused by U.S. aerial attacks.

AP's Robert Burns Playing Politics by Replacing "Settlement Freeze" With "Curb on Housing Construction"

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Burns' piece unilaterally changes the terminology and phraseology connected to one of the major obstacles of the Palestinian-Israeli conflicts. By changing this terminology, Burns has clearly taken a biased stand.

Thailand Must Unclench its Fist

Robert Amsterdam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Amsterdam

In the aftermath of the bloody repression of April and May 2010 which claimed the lives of close to 90 civilians, the Thai authorities cooed and purre...

The Lesson of Iraq

Don Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Don Kraus

If we learned anything in Iraq, it's that our nation is most successful when we work in close cooperation with other nations as opposed to going at it alone.

Zambia's Constitutional Review Process Has Thwarted Meaningful Public Participation

Christina Holder | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christina Holder

"A costly spectacle." "A circus." "A charade." This is how some detractors in the Zambian media have described the NCC, the body charged with the task of rewriting the Zambian Constitution.

The Khmer Rouge Tribunal: Caught Between Multiple Masters?

Seth Korman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Seth Korman

Last week, nearly five years after it was created, the Khmer Rouge tribunal handed down its first sentence.

The Lesson We Refuse to Learn: Restrictive Abortion Policies Do Not Work

Haydee Morales | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Haydee Morales

Last week, the activist group Centro Las Libres drew attention to six women serving 25 to 30 year prison sentences in Mexico. All six were convicted of homicide. The reason? All six, in some form, terminated a pregnancy.

New START vs. the Tea Party: What's the Greatest Threat?

Don Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Don Kraus

What's more dangerous: the thousands of nukes that will still target U.S. and Russian cities if the New START treaty is not ratified OR the opportunistic, Tea Party pandering politicians who would derail this commonsense agreement?

Remembering Srebrenica & Our Responsibility to do More

Mark V. Vlasic | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark V. Vlasic

Fifteen years ago today, thousands of Muslims were being slaughtered in Europe. Some were killed opportunistically, but most were killed in a full-sc...

UN Drug Policy in the Dark Ages

David Borden | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Borden

A program which merely moves production and trafficking of drugs from place to place is not a program that actually helps people. UN drug policy needs to move out from the dark ages.

Turning Points: Israel Caves Under Flotilla Pressure

Phyllis Bennis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Phyllis Bennis

Ankara's assertive set of responses to the Israeli assault provided a model for how mid-level powers could challenge Israel and stand up to U.S. pressure and emerge reaping enormous political capital.

Bowoto v. Chevron: Nigerian Plaintiffs Argue their Appeal in Human Rights Case Against Chevron

Scott Gilmore | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Scott Gilmore

Lawyers for a group of Nigerian environmental activists argued an appeal before the Ninth Circuit in Bowoto v. Chevron. This landmark case was the first human rights civil suit against a corporation to be tried before an American jury.

Caught in the Crosshairs: Legal Uncertainty over Drone Strikes Puts Civilians at Risk

Chris Rogers | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Rogers

The question most consequential for civilians is who drones can kill. While civilian casualty figures attract media, little attention is paid to who counts as a "civilian" or non-combatant.

Update from Bonn: The Crazy Killing of the Kyoto Protocol

Alex Rafalowicz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alex Rafalowicz

The EU used to be characterized by its 'ambition and contribution' to a strong international climate regime, but here in Bonn they are showing a distinct lack of courage, and as the German's say, when you lose your courage you lose everything.