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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... Read More »