Tag Archives: international law
It may only take 3.5% of the population to topple a dictator–with civil resistance by Erica Chenoweth
Nonviolent resistance has empowered the labor movement, closed down or cancelled dozens of nuclear plants, protected farm workers from abuse in California, motivated the recognition of Aids patients as worthy of access to life-saving treatment, protected free speech, put climate reform on the agenda, given reprieve to Dreamers, raised awareness about economic inequality, changed the […]
RT America’s Simone Del Rosario went to Guantanamo Bay to investigate how and if the prison will be soon shut down, and to see what conditions those detainees are living in.
By Jerry Alatalo “The power to destroy the world by the use of nuclear weapons is a power that cannot be used – we cannot accept the idea of such a monstrosity… The time has now come for the nations of the world to submit to the just requisition of their conduct by international law.” […] […]
Only a single democratic state will promote “human rights and…reconciliation and justice”; there is no other way. You cannot make 78 percent of historic Palestine off-limits to Palestinian refugees (or their descendants) who were ethnically cleansed from their homes and have been granted the right of return under international law. You cannot divide “such a small piece of land…into two countries.”
Noam Chomsky on media control in the free world, drones as a weapon of terror, citizen rights, U.S. foreign policy, and more in an interview by Abby Martin.
Benjamin: None of the presidential candidates has been calling for a significant reduction in the bloated military budget that eats up half the discretionary funds in the US budget. They should. How else can we find the funds needed to invest in key areas such as sustainable energy projects, infrastructure, care for veterans, education, or affordable housing?
From the article: Katrin Axelsson and Lisa Longstaff of Women Against Rape wrote: “The allegations against [Assange] are a smokescreen behind which a number of governments are trying to clamp down on WikiLeaks for having audaciously revealed to the public their secret planning of wars and occupations with their attendant rape, murder and destruction… The authorities care so little about violence against women that they manipulate rape allegations at will. [Assange] has made it clear he is available for questioning by the Swedish authorities, in Britain or via Skype. Why are they refusing this essential step in their investigation? What are they afraid of?”
Pilger: The Assange case amplifies many truths, and one is the growing, global totalitarianism of Washington, regardless of who is elected president.
This was a speech threatening war.
WAMM’s “Tackling Torture at the Top” Committee is gratified to finally witness today’s release of a redacted summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Report. Media Release December 9, 2014 (Direct to Rise Up Times) From: Tackling Torture at the Top (T3) Committee of WAMM (Women Against Military Madness) Contact: Coleen Rowley, 952 393-0914 or Tom Dickinson, 612 822-9520 Re: […]
Legal experts and human rights advocates says prosecutions must follow Senate’s report on CIA torture as president says grave violations of domestic and international law should be kept “where they belong—in the past” By Jon Queally, staff writer Common Dreams December 10, 2014 Despite executive summary of Senate panel’s report on Tuesday, President Obama is still unwilling to […]
A recent investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has determined that fewer than 4 percent of drone strike casualties in Pakistan have been identified and confirmed through records as members of al-Qaeda. By Candice Bernd Truthout.org | Report November 28,2014 (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout) Drone strikes launched on October 11 of this year […]
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How Israel Undermines International Law Through “Lawfare” By JEFF HALPER counterpunch.org August 18, 2014 Operation Protective Edge was not merely a military assault on a primarily civilian population. As in its previous “operations” (Cast Lead in 2008-9 and Pillar of Defense in 2012), it was also part of an ongoing assault on international humanitarian law […]
Violence, even when employed in self-defense, is a curse. It empowers the ruthless and punishes the innocent. It leaves in its aftermath horrific emotional and physical scars. At what point do the numbers of dead and wounded justify self-defense? 5,000? 10,000? 20,000? At what point do Palestinians have the elemental right to protect their families […]
This report turns the tide in the privacy debate at the United Nations and opens the door for more substantive scrutiny of states’ surveillance practices and their compliance with international human rights law. BY PARKER HIGGINS AND KATITZA RODRIGUEZ EFF.org July 16, 2014 The UN High Commissioner on Human Rights has released an excellent report today on the […]
Violation of the UN Charter and the Nuremberg Principles The Greanville Post —Vol. VIII- 2014 May 26, 2014 The US continues to beef up the NATO air force and other branches. By John Scales Avery > Countercurrents.org In recent years, participation in NATO has made European countries accomplices in US efforts to achieve global hegemony by […]
Advice Too Secret to Ignore: Col. Manners Answers Your Questions on CIA Practices, Proper Cyberwar Behavior, and Invasion Etiquette
Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Inimitable Colonel Manners By Tom Engelhardt TomDispatch.com March 19, 2014 [Editor’s note: Our old friend Colonel Manners (ret.) made his first appearance at TomDispatch last October. Today, he’s back for the third time. We have yet to run into anyone more knowledgeable in the mores, manners, and linguistic habits of the national security state. His CV (unfortunately […]
Unfortunately, during the last five years, no world leader has done more to undermine international law than Barack Obama. He treats it with rhetorical adulation and behavioral contempt, helping to further normalize a might-makes-right approach to global affairs that is the antithesis of international law. NORMAN SOLOMON 4 March 2014 NationofChange.org OP-ED International law is suddenly […]
Like Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch called on the U.S. to offer more transparency and accountability into the drone strikes program, and open itself to investigations of possible violations of international law. Posted by Scott Martelle Oct 22, 2013 truthdig.com Two notable human rights advocacy groups Tuesday took aim at the United States’ highly controversial—and possibly illegal—use of drones […]