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«Shoot First, Ask Questions Later»

The news of a plea deal for US Marine Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich charged in connection with the killing of 24 Iraqi civilians in 2005 neither caused a sensation nor even grabbed the headlines for a considerable period of time in the US media and the Internet. Initially, Wuterich faced […]

Independent Libyan Fact-Finding Mission

The mission of the Arab Organization for Human Rights (AOHR), Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), and International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC), investigated alleged widespread international law violations since mid-February 2011. Its mandate included investigating those committed by the former government; NATO and insurgents. It also sought to identify human […]

Wise Bear on the Mountaintop

At the regularly scheduled briefing in October 2011, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Liu Weimin said that “China has no intention nor energy to seek global leadership.” I need to make it very clear that I sympathize with the Chinese government’s position. Maybe in the future the international community will examine […]

Campaign Finance Revolution

Several Occupy Wall Street splinter groups are now coalescing around a set of political demands. One that is long overdue and enjoys unanimous support is campaign finance reform. All the formulas that I have seen center on publicly funded elections. While this would be a huge step in the right […]

The Sacred Cow of “Democracy”

I recently happened to criticize Western-style democracy, and my Italian friends objected: “We don’t get any complaints about democracy!” I think it’s a taboo—an notion of recent decades during which Western-style democracy has become a kind of sacred cow. It was no taboo for the esteemed democrat Winston Churchill. Everybody […]