Why aren’t we paying the whistleblowers?

The very opportunely article by Gretchen Morgenson in The New York Times, sets rightfully the terms for the debate outlining just how much bringing fraud to light hold many perils including retribution and job loss for many whistleblowers On Sep. 1st the FT reported that: “A whistleblower rewarded for exposing accounting violations has taken the … More Why aren’t we paying the whistleblowers?

America is a long game

The problem was always bigger than any one particular case, trial or lack thereof. If Darren Wilson had been indicted, the larger problem would not have been all fixed. And the fact that he wasn’t indicted isn’t going to stop the process of political awakening by which millions of Americans are standing up at last … More America is a long game

Dreadful post coitum in the backstage of power (2)

Dominique Strauss-Kahn VS. Nafissatou Diallo: A case of Comparative Law A MEDIA EVENT ON THE THRESHOLD OF THE AMERICAN CRIMINAL PROCEDURE Reality is a hard nut to crack. Dominique Strauss-Kahn is a major figure who has friends who may be sincere in their affection, no matter how often crossbred with ulterior political motives. Whenever a … More Dreadful post coitum in the backstage of power (2)

Dreadful post coitum in the backstage of power (1)

Dominique Strauss-Kahn vs. Nafissatou Diallo: A case of Comparative Law On the eve of the hearing to be held June 6, throughout Dominique Strauss-Kahn will have to plead guilty or not guilty on the seven charges against him, it seems appropriate to analyze the situation – and report progress – from the perspective of comparative … More Dreadful post coitum in the backstage of power (1)

Libya, the international community and the responsibility to protect

The situation in Libya requires the international community to get involved early. In such cases, the problem of sovereignty must give way to the responsibility to protect. The international community cannot accept that the government of Muammar el-Qaddafi keeps on insisting that these are facts that relate only to Libyan domestic policy, then to be … More Libya, the international community and the responsibility to protect

Convention against Enforced Disappearances comes finally into force

On 23rd December 2010, almost four years after its adoption by the General Assembly of the United Nations, the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance eventually reached the 20th ratification by Iraq which was necessary for its entry into force. Later on Brazil also ratified this treaty, which the Convention … More Convention against Enforced Disappearances comes finally into force

The seamy side of American diplomacy and China’s true face

The Wikileaks list seems interminable. American diplomats spy on the United Nations Secretary General and on other senior UN officials, to the extent of learning their credit card numbers. The Gulf monarchies are pressing Washington to start a war against Tehran before Iran becomes a nuclear power and brings them to their knees. Turkey’s moderate … More The seamy side of American diplomacy and China’s true face

Lament for a woman and frivolity of the chorus of nations

“They’ll kill me for being a woman in a country that can do what it wants with women” (Sakineh Ashtiani) We knew they were going to kill her. When the government of Iran announced it had halted the stoning, the Nobel Prize Shirin Ebadi said: “I do not trust them. They’ll execute her.” And so … More Lament for a woman and frivolity of the chorus of nations

U.S. faces criticism from HR abusers at Universal Periodic Review

The detention center at Guantanamo, the death penalty or the non-ratification of treaties deserved strong criticism to the United States on Friday in Geneva at the UPR 9th session (1st to 12th November 2010). For the first time, the U.S. administration backed its record on human rights at the UN. The UPR is a Council’s … More U.S. faces criticism from HR abusers at Universal Periodic Review

Bitter Balance for International Justice

Conclusions from a leading expert on issues of impunity in conflicts (1) At the time of ethnic cleansing, the international criminal justice is an excellent opportunity to fight against impunity in many societies. But ICJ is also accused of being politically manipulated. This virulent controversy suffers a gap that is now partly filled: a comprehensive … More Bitter Balance for International Justice

Garzon, an ‘inconvenient’ judge, now sitting in the dock

It seems that some people do their best to keep the impunity of crime during the Spanish Civil War and the Franco’s dictatorship: the 1977 amnesty law is outdated as it comes into contradiction with the regulatory offence of ‘crimes against humanity’, which is not prescribed under any circumstances – this is one of the … More Garzon, an ‘inconvenient’ judge, now sitting in the dock

Unrepentant Blair

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has been appearing before an inquiry looking into Britain’s involvement in the Iraq War. Blair said he did not wait for UN backing, because he believed it would never be given. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said he wanted the backing of the United Nations in the Iraq war, … More Unrepentant Blair

Obama’s War

The worst war is the one being fought into our brains. As soon as its terms are acknowledged you can give it for lost. And you have to write it in full: in Europe, the war in Afghanistan is being considered ever-increasing lost. It is about the culture war (1) wherein violent actions have a … More Obama’s War