Sorting out the complex issues that have arisen since Sept. 11 is the
stated reason for your excellent Web site¡¦s existence, which makes me wonder
how you think the Bush administration is doing in this regard. Do you think it
is making a convincing case to the American public for the long war that
President Bush has described? Are you convinced that the U.S. is headed in the
Transcript of Warren Bass's Visit, NYtimes.com
Excerpt: Disarmament and human rights experts say
in a report to be published on Thursday that the United States' rejection or
disregard of a range of treaties is undercutting efforts by many other
countries to strengthen the international rule of law.
From nuclear testing and proliferation accords to the land mines ban to
agreements on climate change or protecting the rights of women and children,
over the last decade Washington has moved steadily away from accepting
treaties that would be binding on the United States (...).
Washington Is Criticized for Growing Reluctance to Sign Treaties, NYTimes
Excerpt: The United States is disregarding
crucial treaty obligations and creating a dangerous slide away from the rule
of law into a power-based world that is likely to be far more insecure,
according to a detailed analysis of U.S. policies and actions in relation to
major security-related treaties released today.
Systematic United States Disregard Of Its Treaty Obligations Jeopardizes Nuclear Nonproliferation And Global Security, IEER
Excerpt: The United States can be credited as
one of the founders of the modern system of international law. Its own
founding as a country was based on the idea that a system of constitutional
law is superior to rule by a king. Nevertheless, the history of the past
century reveals that the U.S. desire to participate in and help create a
global framework of law that builds national and global security is
counteracted by fears that international obligations will injure U.S.
interests and sovereignty.
- Rule of Power or Rule of Law? An Assessment of U.S.
Policies and Actions Regarding Security-Related
Treaties, Nicole Deller, Arjun Makhijani,
and John Burroughs, John Burroughs, Merav Datan, Nicole Deller, Mark
Hiznay, Arjun Makhijani, Elizabeth Shafer, and Pam Spees, Institute
for Energy and Environmental Research and Lawyers' Committee on
Rule of Power or Rule of Law? An Assessment of U.S. Policies and Actions Regarding Security-Related Treaties, IEER/LCNP
Excerpts: The treaty will take effect in a few
weeks no matter what the United States does, because several countries are
ready to be the 60th to ratify it, and 60 ratifications is the threshold.
The United States has not ratified the Rome treaty and is not likely to do
so soon; many in Congress fear the court will expose American citizens to
unfair judgment. But a Bush "unsigning" would be a decisive repudiation that
would not only devastate America's credibility as the champion of
A Treaty Bush Shouldn't 'Unsign', NYTimes
Editor's Note: The distinction between "freedom
fighter" against an oppressive government and "terrorist" often depends on the
political perspective. Maybe a globally accepted international criminal court
could help in clarifying the issues.
Excerpts: The first permanent International Criminal Court will
become a reality on Thursday when the treaty establishing it is ratified.
The United Nations expects that the court will be up and running by 2003
and will be responsible for trying cases of genocide, war crimes and crimes
It would take the place of the ad hoc UN tribunals such as those for the
former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.
(...)Supporters of this court see it as pioneering a new era in which
countries and individuals will be more easily held accountable for violations
of international humanitarian law.
Will an International Criminal Court work?, BBC Online
Excerpts: Afghan security officials
said today that they had arrested hundreds of political opponents, thwarting a
conspiracy to mount a bombing campaign whose targets were the government of
Hamid Karzai and the former king, Mohammad Zahir Shah.
Afghan Officials Arrest Hundreds in Bombing Plot, NYTimes
With details of the plot so sketchy, the fact that the roundup focused on
well-known opponents of Mr. Karzai's government seems certain to prompt
suspicions that the government fabricated the threat to crush its
On Terrorism: What Does It Mean for Science?, Audio Files from
the AAASymposium , 01/12/18
Global Politics, and National Security, Edited by David S.
Alberts, Thomas J. Czerwinski, Proceedings of a conference held at the
National Defense University, Washington, DC, 96/11/13-14
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