In his first few months in office, President Obama was awarded the Nobel peace prize. During the same period, President Obama announced that the US would be accelerating the timetable for pullout from Iraq and then Afghanistan. He followed through… Read More ›
Archive for June 2012
No matter which way you see it, Syria is already more complicated and more loaded than Libya or Iraq ever was. Russia and potentially China are involved in Syria this time in total opposition to the proposal by the US… Read More ›
I want to talk about the sheer duplicity, lies, deception, and premeditated warmongering that is conditioning the debate on Syria currently in New York (UN) and Washington DC. Let’s consider the facts for a second: Bashar Al-Assad has repeatedly told… Read More ›
In my last few blogs on Russia and the Return of Tzar Putin, I predicted that Russia and Putin would look for a larger global role and seek to return Russia to its former “glory” as the Soviet Union. The… Read More ›
A few weeks ago when Hollande was elected as France’s new populist President, I wrote a blog which drew comments and criticism, but today in retrospect, was completely on target! As Hollande’s Presidency unfolds and his dynamic interacts with a… Read More ›
Today, I paused to recap what I really know about Syria and the violence affecting its people. I started with the Government. We know that the Al-Assad government is composed of Alawites, Shiites, Sunnis and even a few, perhaps token,… Read More ›
Syria: UN mission chief warns of impact of growing violence on observer activities. In fast moving news, it appears the Head of the UN verification mission in Syria General Robert Mood has finally declared that the UN monitors are unable… Read More ›
In the face of non-compliance with the Annan Peace Plan, the International Community is reduced to considering two alternatives: regime transition of Al-Assad out of power and convening an international conference on Syria as a means of coordinating and increasing… Read More ›
Reading between the Lines: Annan’s Message on Syria.
I listened and observed Kofi Annan’s body language closely while he delivered his much-anticipated speech to the UN General Assembly today, on Syria. I’ve worked under the man for over 10 years so body language sometimes says what his soft… Read More ›
The ICTR: Has the work of the Prosecution Ensured Reconciliation Amongst the Tutsis and Hutus in Rwanda?
Yesterday I was privileged to listen to a presentation by the ICTR President and Presiding Judge Vagn Joensen of Denmark at the New York Bar Association. I was impressed with his modesty and his wizard legal mind that has contributed… Read More ›
Politics Aside, The South China Sea Controversy Raises the Old Issue of How Far Does Your Continental Shelf Extend
Since I first wrote about this issue (see previous post on Spratly Islands), this issue has taken on legal dimensions that are both interesting and pertinent to all coastal countries in the world. How far does your country’s continental shelf… Read More ›