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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.

Zero Has No Legs

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amitai Etzioni

Obama proffered an attractive vision of a world without nuclear weapons, and a theory -- that if Russia and the U.S. reduce their stockpiles, other nations will be inspired to, too.

Dan Froomkin

Bush's Glib Waterboarding Admission Sparks Outrage

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

George W. Bush's casual acknowledgment Wednesday that he had Khalid Sheikh Mohammed waterboarded -- and would do it again -- has horrified some former...

Are Drone Strikes Legal? Koh Offers Assurances, Not Answers

Chris Rogers | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Rogers

Following years of official silence, State Department Legal Adviser Harold Koh's statements on the legality of drone strikes last week were welcomed by many. But Koh failed to address serious concerns over the U.S.'s use of drones to kill al-Qaeda and Taliban militants.

The Freedom Flotilla, Winners and Losers

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hani Almadhoun

The difference between the Somali pirates and the Israeli ones is the quality of their press releases. The Israeli pirates also happen to have much better uniforms.

Pirates, PSC, and Lawyers

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

For years now more and more people have been suggesting that deploying private security contractors aboard should be done as a way to deter and defeat...

State Department To Produce Legal Justification for Drone Attacks

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

State Department Legal Adviser Harold Koh has promised to produce the Obama administration's legal justification for its increased use of drone strikes. Let's hope that moment comes soon.

Juan Mendez on International Human Rights

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

"The U.N. simply does not have adequate support of the world powers," Juan E. Mendez told me. Coming from anyone, this might be less important. From...

The Internet: an International Political Challenge

Bernard Kouchner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bernard Kouchner

It is critical to give the Internet a legal status that reflects its universality, so that it will be more difficult for repressive governments to use the sovereignty argument against fundamental freedoms.

Thoughts on International Law in US Courts: Our Constitution or Blackstone's?

Tricia Perry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tricia Perry

Recent weeks have generated interesting commentary on the Supreme Court hearing on Abbott v. Abbott. The case involves the custody of a 14-year-old child whose parents divorced while living in Chile.

On the Internet, it's 1904

Jonathan Sallet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jonathan Sallet

Today, efforts to propose a unified theory of Internet governance confront the same kind of problems faced by pre-Einsteinian physicists. The challenge for policymakers will be to respect that unpredictability.

UN Chief Stays Clear of Controversy on Gaza Report

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Evelyn Leopold

It is doubtful Ban's report will have much impact on the controversy over the Goldstone report, which said that both Israel and Palestinian militants engaged in actions that amounted to war crimes.

Liveliest Debate Over Goldstone Gaza Report is in Israel Itself

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Evelyn Leopold

Will Israel set up any kind of inquiry rather than let the army investigate itself? And would such an independent inquiry leave it open to more criticism or judicial threats than the Goldstone report?

What if the Right was Right? A Reflection on the "Christian States of America." (Updated)

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cynthia Boaz

I am not saying that Jesus was a Stalinist or even a communist, just that it's very clear from his teachings that he believed that people were happier and healthier when they shared with each other.

Why Tony Blair will not be prosecuted for the invasion of Iraq

Richard Hall | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Richard Hall

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's appearance at the Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq War was predictably slick. This was always going to be the ...

Uganda Must Shelve Draconian Law on Homosexuality

Navi Pillay | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Navi Pillay

If passed, a Ugandan bill on homosexuality will bring the country into a direct collision with established international human rights standards aimed at preventing discrimination.