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The Observer view on the effectiveness of international law

“But this symbolic success cannot hide the fact that the international criminal justice system is under siege from within and without” writes Observer Editorial for theguardian.com. And its inception undoubtedly smoothed the way for the founding, under UN auspices, of a permanent international criminal court (ICC) with global jurisdiction.All this is the work of the international criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), created by the UN security council in 1993.In 1994, the UN created a sister court – the international criminal tribunal for Rwanda – to prosecute those responsible…

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The third way between war and diplomacy

“The covert activities, as a “third way” between war and diplomacy, heavily attracted them” reports tehrantimes.com. The contradiction is that the Americans know more about the secret activities (activities that are definitely the most secret and sensitive activities) to the total CIA performance.Despite the scandals, the political and diplomatic problems caused by secret activities, none of them questioned the necessity and effectiveness of this instrument in foreign policy.The outcomes of the Iraq war are being added to the most fundamental reorganization in the US intelligence community since about sixty years…

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It looks like US F-22s and Russian Su-35s are locked in a last-minute intelligence grab over Syria

“It is likely the incidents occurring now over Syria, and the intelligence gleaned from them, will be poured over in detail for years to come” writes Tom Demerly for businessinsider.com. Hopefully those pressures on both the Russian and the U.S. air forces will keep this new version of the cold war from boiling over. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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What happens next in the Brexit talks

“EU leaders have finally declared that “sufficient progress” has been made in the Brexit negotiations, giving the green light for the next phase of trade talks to begin” writes James Rogers for telegraph.co.uk. Other ministers, such as Philip Hammond, want a softer Brexit where the UK sticks to EU rules to minimise trade disruption. … Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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Casualties Surge From Land Mines and Improvised Explosives

“For 2016, the group recorded 8,605 casualties from land mines, including improvised devices triggered in the same way, as well as from other explosive remnants of war that are inadvertently detonated, often by unsuspecting civilians” writes Rick Gladstone for nytimes.com. Casualties from land mines and similar booby-trap explosives increased for the second consecutive year in 2016, to the highest level since a treaty banning such weapons of war took effect in 1999, a monitoring group said Thursday. Source: nytimes.com Share This:

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The 8 biggest global threats to watch in 2018

“Now, with 2017 coming to a close, many people are wondering what 2018’s biggest global threats will be” writes Ben Brimelow for businessinsider.com. The Council on Foreign Relations recently released their list of the top global threats to watch in 2018 and it covers brewing crises around the world.2017 saw a number of predictions on global security become reality. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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China threatened to go to war if the US Navy visits Taiwan, and Trump just signed a bill saying it might

“On Tuesday, Trump signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for the 2018 fiscal year, which authorizes the possibility of mutual visits by navy vessels between Taiwan and the United States” writes Michael Martina for businessinsider.com. The United States is bound by law to provide the island with the means to defend itself.Tensions have risen in recent days after a senior Chinese diplomat threatened China would invade Taiwan if any U.S. warships made port visits to the island which China claims as its own territory. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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