Search Results for "crimes" : 42

by / on May 27, 2008 at 9:23 pm / in Issue, Main Menu, Organizations, World

Universal Jurisdiction and the ICC’s Growing Global Sway

…behavior indirectly. The main impact in this regard will be to increase both the quantity and the quality of war crimes trials. This includes—indeed primarily refers to—war crimes trials not conducted at the ICC. In 1998, the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, an umbrella organization of NGOs campaigning for the ICC’s establishment, argued that “…the ICC will cause the greatest strengthening of national prosecution of crimes against…

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by / on March 27, 2013 at 1:17 am / in Domestic, Judicial

The Prisoner’s Dilemma

…onviolent drug addicts sentences of 15 years to life. Currently, about 500,000 inmates are incarcerated for drug crimes. These lengthy prison terms are coupled with the treatment of many petty crimes – like writing bad checks – as offenses worthy of incarceration. The ludicrously high prison population has beleaguered prisons across the country for years. In 2006, California declared a state of emergency over its prison system, which housed over…

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by / on October 28, 2011 at 3:25 pm / in Most Recent Column, Opinion, World

Rethinking the Past

…ights? Perhaps one of the most difficult and pertinent questions for modern Latin America is the question of war crimes. Who can be charged with  a ‘war crime’? It seems that, in this debate, time does not heal all wounds. This past week, after hours of heated deliberation, Uruguay’s Chamber of Deputies voted to overturn an amnesty on war crimes committed during the brief military junta that ruled from 1975 to 1983. This follows two ballot…

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by / on October 17, 2011 at 1:45 pm / in Most Recent Column, Opinion, World

Desert in Bloom

by This week, the long captured soldier Gilad Shalit will be released in exchange for nearly 1,000 Palestinian prisoners convicted – in Israeli courts – for list of crimes of varying degrees of violence. While the five-year saga is certainly a relief for his family and perhaps a positive point in the ability of negotiations to bring about results (albeit greatly belated and not exactly game-changing or inspiring), a lot that can be ext…

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by / on August 28, 2012 at 7:10 pm / in Africa, Opinion, World, World

The Invisible Facts

…ropaganda. Joseph Kony is, of course, a war criminal justly indicted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Indeed, stopping war criminals while saving children is a noble cause few would oppose. Yet when Kony 2012 aired in Uganda, it caused a flood of spontaneous protests. Various NGOs, with the exception of Invisible Children, reacted with similar anger. Kony 2012 is a phenomenon that merits a closer loo…

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by / on September 7, 2012 at 7:52 pm / in Campus, Uncategorized

Political Minutes: The Libyan Transition

by   Thursday afternoon, The Center for International Conflict Resolution (CICR) at the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies (SIWPS) hosted a Round-Table Discussion with Libyan visitors through the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program which featured members of Libyan society from government, civil society, and media. Wisam Suliman Alsaghayer, attorney and legal advisor in the […]

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by / on August 28, 2012 at 6:18 pm / in Domestic, Opinion, World

Enlightened or Enfeebled?

…in 2002 was lethally injected, making the U.S. one of only a handful of countries to still execute citizens for crimes they committed when they were minors. In 1999 the U.S. executed Sean Sellers for crimes he committed at the age of 16. But it’s not just what we do as Americans, it’s how we do it. When I read that in April, thousands of Norwegians gathered to sing “Children of Rainbow” to prove that Mr. Breivik had not broken their spirit of to…

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by / on December 21, 2014 at 2:55 pm / in Cover Story, Current Issue, Domestic, Interview, Media

They Know You’re Reading This

…ern America. Harvey Silverglate, in his book “Three Felonies a Day,” estimates that the average person commits 3 crimes per day due to inevitable legal ignorance. If officials can catch all minor crimes, their whims alone will determine punishment. It is one thing to use secret data collection to thwart terrorists – it is quite different (and much more Orwellian) to use it to stop someone from scalping sports tickets. The president has said on mu…

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by / on February 2, 2014 at 3:43 pm / in Ben Rimland, Domestic, Judicial, Uncategorized, Web Columnists

Snowden’s Folly

by Photo from Wikimedia Commons It is difficult to conceive of a debate with as conflicting of views or further-reaching implications than the Edward Snowden saga. I am not a lawyer, and it is beyond the scope of this column to declare a specific punishment for Snowden, but there is little doubt of the following: Snowden stole the documents which he currently possesses; his most recent revelations have been designed to damage the NATO…

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by / on November 11, 2014 at 8:25 pm / in Current Issue, Latin America, World

Gunning For Brazil

by I n March 2014, members of Brazil’s indigenous Guaraní tribe attempted to peacefully reclaim their ancestral homeland from a rural rancher. The move proved a temporary boon for the community: The landowner abdicated his property, and the Guaraní began to slowly rebuild their homes in the area, which had been taken over and cleared by ranchers in the 1970s. The next month, however, armed men with motorcycles and pistols brought a wav…

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