Monthly Archives: May 2005

Indigenous peoples of the World

The voices of Indigenous peoples, if we take the trouble to listen to them, convey priceless messages to the world: their traditions, particularly ethical and spiritual ones, coupled with their management of complex ecosystems and their know-how, all play a vital role in the search for development and peace. Safeguarding their cultures and acknowledging their rights are of strategic importance for the future of humankind. (Peoples of the World Foundation logo.) Read More »

La bataille de Fort Lauderdale

Par Eleazar Díaz Rangel, Radio Nacional de Venezuela Vous devez me croire si je vous dis que je ne comprends pas comment les Etats-Unis commettent tant d’erreurs d’appréciation sur la situation latino-américaine, que je ne sais pas qui sont les analystes et les assesseurs du président Bush qui le conduisent à se tromper à ce point, que j’ignore le degré de responsabilité de Condoleezza Rice, et que je ne m’explique pas non plus comment ils font pour ne pas voir ... Read More »

Amnesty’s Torture List

As Peggy notes, Amnesty International’s annual report is almost certainly getting more press than usual because of its aggressive condemnation of U.S. policy toward detainees in Guantanamo Bay. In fact, it’s a bit more than aggressive, as this statement by Amnesty U.S.A.’s director suggests, Amnesty is putting out a list of “torture architects” and is asking foreign jurisdictions to arrest U.S. officials on this list. (UPDATE: The WSJ and the Washington Post weigh in with tough editorials jumping on Amnesty ... Read More »

Background: Hizb ut-Tahrir

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Although it is a fringe group, widely derided as unrepresentative, the London-based Islamic extremists of Hizb ut-Tahrir – HT – have acquired a remarkable number of enemies, both inside and outside the mainstream Muslim community. Dilpazier Aslam leaves Guardian Background to the story AslaAdd Mediam targeted by bloggers The Guardian – David Leigh In the last week, in the wake of the London bombings, there has been growing pressure for the group to be banned in Britain, despite its protestations of ... Read More »

An argument that fails the test of civilised society

Torture is wrong and must stay outlawed if civil decency is to prevail. The test of any civilised society is the respect that society shows for the wellbeing of individual citizens. Over long centuries we have struggled to establish the rule of law, due process under the law, a set of rules which, as far as is humanly possible, guarantees fairness and justice. Centuries ago, British courts began to outlaw evidence taken under torture. Through last century, most democratic countries ... Read More »

An International Relations Debacle: The UN Secretary-general’s Mission of Good Offices in Cyprus 1999-2004

Review …no episode of UN mismanagement and manipulation has been as clearly and convincingly documented as Claire Palley does in this book. Clifford Hackett European Union Studies Association Review Vol 20, No 2, Spring 2007 …a significant contribution to the understanding of the Cyprus problem in terms of both international politics and international law…[Palley] is fair and accurate in presenting views that she sincerely believes in. These views need to be presented to a wider public… Andrew J. Jacovides The ... Read More »