The Dialectics of Brutality in Dallas

Yesterday President Obama, flanked by former president George W. Bush, spoke at a ceremony commemorating the lives of police officers killed in Dallas last weekend. Cutting through the sanctimonious and pious eulogies and calls for unity is a demand to understand. Yet, understanding the shooting of officers in Dallas is difficult. It's easy to fall … Continue reading The Dialectics of Brutality in Dallas

The Status of Voluntary Human Shields in IHL: Lessons from Gaza

INTRODUCTION Operation Protective Edge, Israel’s 2014 military operation in Gaza, involved many of the consequences of desperate and destructive urban and asymmetrical warfare that characterizes each hot flare up of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. One of the charges often levied during the 2014 round of hostilities is the use of human shields, voluntary and involuntary, by … Continue reading The Status of Voluntary Human Shields in IHL: Lessons from Gaza

When Laissez-Faire Is Left To Work – A Critical Analysis Of Article 7(A)

I. INTRODUCTION Arguably the most important rights contained in the International Covenant on Social Economic and Cultural Rights (“ICSECR”) are those concerning availability, security and conditions of work. One does not need to travel far to see how necessary these rights have become in the modern world of globalized, technology-based, monopolized, finance capitalism. From Bangladesh … Continue reading When Laissez-Faire Is Left To Work – A Critical Analysis Of Article 7(A)

Bridging the Gap: Israel, Palestine and the International Criminal Court

TABLE OF CONTENTS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY INTRODUCTION I. BACKGROUND A) The Question of Palestinian Statehood (1947-Present) B) Israeli Opposition, Acceptance and Recognition in 1993 C) Palestine’s Change of Status from “Observer” to “Non-Member State” by the United Nations General Assembly III.ANALYSIS. A) The Principles and the Mandates for the ICC B) ICC and Palestine C) Israeli … Continue reading Bridging the Gap: Israel, Palestine and the International Criminal Court

Determining and Applying International Humanitarian Law to the War in Syria

The Civil War in Syria began in the spring of 2011 when the Ba’athist government led by Bashir Al-Assad responded violently to protests that erupted in different cities across Syria. These protests, fueled by a partial crop failure and the revolutionary winds of the Arab Spring, soon turned from non-violent opposition to armed resistance movements. … Continue reading Determining and Applying International Humanitarian Law to the War in Syria