Law & Order

First major exhibition devoted to Niki de Saint Phalle in twenty years opens in Paris


PARIS.- Niki de Saint Phalle (1930 – 2002) is one of the most renowned artists from the mid-twentieth century. Throughout her prolific career, Saint Phalle created a complex body of work in various media which was deeply embedded with socio-political issues. With themes ranging from joyful to profound to intellectual, the paradoxal nature of her work has yet to be ... Read More »

Memory and Regret: Jenny Holzer’s “Dust Paintings”


Is an exhibition ever too beautiful for its own good? Jenny Holzer’s new show at Cheim & Read, Dust Paintings, is ravishing. But the sensuality of these text-based abstractions, done in oil on linen in mostly muted colors, runs counter to their content, which is derived from declassified government reports of brutalization and death during the Afghan War. At what point ... Read More »

Some inmates should have the right to euthanasia

After decades behind bars, Frank Van Den Bleeken has been granted the right to die under Belgium's euthanasia laws (Image: Virginie Lefour/Belga/Press Association Images)

Should convicted prisoners facing life behind bars get the right to die on the grounds of their tortured existence? Sometimes, says a doctor with experience of treating inmates who have attempted suicide In high-security prisons the world over, small numbers of prisoners are serving lifelong sentences, deprived of all but the minimum of human contact and confined for most of ... Read More »

Some Final Words on New Zealand’s Crazy Election Campaign


The 2014 New Zealand election has been overrun by grubby scandals, mass surveillance accusations, hackers, bloggers, spies, political black ops, indigenous Maori radicals, and a larger-than-life German internet millionaire by the name of Kim Dotcom. New Zealand, with its population of just under 4.5 million, has never seen anything like it. Unsurprisingly these ructions are causing consternation among the political and media classes. The six year honeymoon ... Read More »

Europe: National Courts Extend Reach of Justice

Protesters, with photos of victims killed in chemical attacks in Iraq, gather outside the district courthouse in The Hague on November 21, 2005, as the trial opens against Dutch businessman Frans van Anraat. The court convicted Van Anraat of complicity in war crimes for having supplied Saddam Hussein with chemicals that were used in attacks on the Kurds in the late 1980s, and sentenced him to 17 years in prison.
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More Governments Should Set up Specialized War Crimes Units. Governments wanting to limit impunity for the most serious international crimes should look to the examples of three European countries showing leadership in this area, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Specialized war crimes units composed of police, prosecutors, and immigration officials have the means to bring those ... Read More »

Judge has overcome just as many obstacles as Pistorius

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Judge addressed as ‘my lady’ might once have been called merely ‘the girl’. Matthew Norman reports on how far she and her country have come Two trials ended in Johannesburg on Friday, and which was the more extraordinary is less obvious than it may seem. Not that there is any doubting which was the more thrilling and sensational. Whatever room for additional ... Read More »

Art judge declines to award Indigenous prize because quality ‘not good enough’


‘There was absolutely nothing fresh or original,’ said Perpetua Durack Clancy, defending her decision The cash winnings for an Aboriginal art prize which the judge declined to award because she didn’t think the quality of entrants was good enough will be rolled over to next year, doubling to $2,000. The Shinju Matsuri board made the announcement after the controversy caused ... Read More »

Hungary’s Navracsics to be Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Citizenship


European Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker has unveiled on Wednesday the next European Union executive for the 2014-2019 period. The team will have to be approved by the European Parliament. As it turns out Hungary’s Tibor Navracsics will not be Commissioner for Trade or Commissioner for Customs, as suggested by previous press reports – Juncker surprisingly picked him to be Commissioner for Education, ... Read More »

Syria’s Cultural Artifacts Are Blood Diamonds for ISIS


The destruction of Syria’s cultural heritage could have even more widespread ramifications than we realize, the Wall Street Journal reports. Christian C. Sahner takes a close look at the motivation behind the widely reported destruction of religious, historical, and cultural sites, arguing that “the nation’s heritage has been used as a weapon to finance bloodshed, to settle sectarian scores, and to erase ... Read More »