Tag Archives: international law

These posts discuss issues related to international law, the United Nations, wars, and war crimes.

Entrenched Power Trumps Democracy in Egypt

These are dark times to be a person of principles.  The hope of the Arab Spring and the Orange Revolution have given way to a nightmare of civil war, brutality, and militarism.  The cause? Entrenched power is stronger than the … Continue reading

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The Syria Tragedy

It’s so sad to watch what’s been going on in Syria for the past year and a half.  The United Nations response to the ongoing massacre of civilians by the Syrian army and government-backed militias has been just pathetic beyond … Continue reading

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Not Enough: The Failures of International Peacekeeping

International peacekeeping in the twenty-first century seems to follow two models: the reactive model, which uses the courts and often takes decades to bring a handful perpetrators to justice; and the for-profit model, which is concerned with protecting the strategic … Continue reading

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Congress Grows a Pair

[Update: As it turned out, my title for this piece was premature. The measure discussed below made it out of committee, but was not enacted as a formal resolution.] In a long-overdue move, today a Congressional panel approved a measure … Continue reading

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A Prescription for Peace: The United Territories of Israel-Palestine

In the book, I offered two possible solutions for the conflict between Israel and Palestine.  One possibility I suggested was the complete social and political unification of the entire territory of Israel and Palestine; and the other was the much … Continue reading

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Palestine vs. Tibet: Conflicting Principles?

I received feedback from a reader named Ryan C. that deserves a response. Ryan stated that he thought the principle I upheld in my discussion of the situation in Palestine conflicted with the principle which I promoted in my discussion … Continue reading

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Maher Arar and extraordinary rendition

In chapter 6 “Basic Rights” under section 6.2.1 “Habeas Corpus” I briefly mention the case of Maher Arar, a Canadian who was abducted in New York and taken to Syria, where he was tortured and detained without any legal justification.  … Continue reading

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Russia, Georgia, and the Politics of Empire

In section 3.2.2.1 of Principles for a Self-Directed Society, I discuss the potential threat posed to the United States homeland by Russian military might. I outline a defensive strategy to deter invasion, and refer to the principle of mutually assured … Continue reading

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Election violence in Kenya and Zimbabwe: when is international peacekeeping necessary?

In Principles for a Self-Directed Society Chapter 3 “Creating a Lasting Peace,” I advocate a revised vision of the role of United Nations peacekeeping forces. There and elsewhere I maintain that the United States is not an appropriate arbiter of … Continue reading

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Iraq Wants U.S. Forces to Leave

Just briefly: in chapter 3 of Principles for a Self-Directed Society I state, as many others have, that the war in Iraq has strengthened our enemies and increased terrorism worldwide, and that our continued occupation of Iraq can only cause … Continue reading

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