GLOSSARY OF MEETINGS OFTHE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL Prepared up by the Mission of Singapore to the UN As a master of its own procedures, the UN Security Council has developed different formats of meetings to achieve different purposes and …Read more . . .
http://www.globalpolicy.org/security/informal/natalie.htm Informal Consultations By Natalie ReidJanuary 1999 Unless it decides otherwise, the Security Council shall meet in public. Rule 48 of the provisional rules of procedure The rules of procedure of the Security Council of the United Nations, …Read more . . .
Abstract: The paper first demonstrates that the members of the United Nations Security Council are under a legal duty, both under the Charter and under general principles of international law, to carry their Charter obligations in good faith.The paper then proceeds to identify a selected set of situations in which the Council might violate this legal obligation, namely when determining a "threat to the peace", when selecting measures to respond to such a threat and when deciding when the threat has ended.The paper then proceeds to review apparent violations by Council members of their duty of good faith and demonstrates that due to the inherent nature and composition of the Council, its good faith cannot be presumed.Due to this fact and to the lack of effective political and legal restraint, the situation may arise whereby the Council itself or its decisions would represent a threat to international peace and security.In order to prevent this from occurring a number of responses are suggested.
The mindset of those who imposed and maintained sanctions on Iraq Some individual responses, as reported by Alain Michel and Fabien Voyer in their book “Irak, la faute” (Les Editions du Cerf, Paris, 1999, French), selected and translated by Elias …Read more . . .
Draft Declaration on Judicial Efforts to Combat Inhumane Conditions of Existence “A Stable and Just Global Order Requires that Effective Remedies be Secured to Victims of Economic Oppression? About one fifth of humankind, over one billion human beings, lives in …Read more . . .
In this Essay, Professor Matsuda argues that the narrow dyadic focus of tort law perpetuates very real, and remediable, social harms. Using tort causation doctrine as her starting point, Professor Matsuda demonstrates how the tort system sacrifices human bodies to maintain the smooth flow of the economic system. Time after time, tragedies occur: school systems fail, first graders shoot each other, women live in constant fear of rape. Yet each tragedy is met with the same systematic response: those without resources, those least able to correct the harm, are considered the legal cause of the harm. The economic and corporate interests that created the structure in which these tragedies occurred are absolved of legal and moral responsibility. Professor Matsuda proposes two changes to this system: First, when determining legal cause, we must expand tort liability in consideration of the ability of defendants to avoid, prevent, and redress social harm. Second, we must exchange our egocentric notion of responsibility for a communal and connected understanding of social responsibility. For instance, when I walk over a homeless man on my way to law school, I must recognize that it is not just a social failing that caused his plight; it is a personal failing on my part. Professor Matsuda argues that we exist in, and benefit from, a society that makes his position possible, and under current understandings of responsibility, even inevitable.
Myth and Denial in the War Against Terrorism By William Blum It dies hard. It dies very hard. The notion that terrorist acts against the United States can be explained by envy and irrational hatred, and not by what the …Read more . . .
The Anti-Empire Report #3, November 2003by William Blum When Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed of Malaysia recently declared that "Jews rule this world by proxy" and urged Muslim nations to unite to avoid being "defeated by a few million Jews," he …Read more . . .
The Anti-Empire Report, No. 17, January 20, 2005 by William Blum Freedom means knowing how big your cage is On January 20, 1969, during the inaugural parade for Richard Nixon, I stood in a crowd of onlookers on Pennsylvania Avenue and when …Read more . . .
The Anti-Empire Report, No. 16, December 19, 2004 by William Blum Eastern Europe: From Soviet satellites to American? It should have come as no surprise at all the recent disclosure that the Bush administration has spent more than $65 million in the …Read more . . .
The Anti-Empire Report, No. 14, October 24, 2004by William Blum The CIA should wear a ski mask when they use this excuse Time Magazine reported that the Bush administration had a plan to use the CIA to funnel money to candidates …Read more . . .
The Anti-Empire Report, No. 12, August 21, 2004by William Blum This is what the Brave New World of Iraqi Sovereignty looks like * US military bases remain, with more being built. * Some 160,000 troops of the United States and its allies …Read more . . .
The Anti-Empire Report, No. 18, February 16, 2005by William Blum "What do the imperial mafia really want?" After what was humorously designated an "election" in Iraq, there was a marked increase in calls for the United States to announce a …Read more . . .
The Anti-Empire Report, No. 10, May 12, 2004by William Blum God, country and torture On October 21, 1994, the United States became a State Party to the "Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment". Article 2, …Read more . . .
The Anti-Empire Report, No. 9, April 3, 2004 by William Blum A higher purpose Saturday afternoon, March 6, a shuttle boat moving through Baltimore’s Inner Harbor was hit by a sudden and ferocious gust of wind and capsized; 25 people were thrown …Read more . . .
The Anti-Empire Report, No. 8, March 10, 2004 by William Blum A quaint German custom the United States used to have On March 4 a German appeals court ordered a new trial for the only person to be convicted for a role …Read more . . .
The Anti-Empire Report, No. 13, September 17, 2004by William Blum Progressives and the election Is it not peculiar to circulate a statement calling upon people to vote for a particular candidate without giving a single reason why that candidate is worthy …Read more . . .
Anti-Empire Report #5, December 2003by William Blum ** CODE ORANGE ALERT ** NEWEST WHITE HOUSE CAMPAIGN TO WIN HEARTS AND MINDLESS FLYING THROUGH THE AIR ** DUCK YOUR HEAD ** DON’T STEP IN IT ** Page one headlines in The …Read more . . .
The Anti-Empire Report, No. 7, February 17, 2004 by William Blum Mushy-thinking liberals The following is not simply a diatribe against humorist Al Franken. It’s a diatribe against all mushy-thinking liberals. Franken tells us he is against the war in …Read more . . .