Yet another innocent humanitarian beheaded

Seeing yet another picture of an innocent humanitarian beheaded by ISIS, my mind seesaws between hawk and dove. Civil wars statistically last twice as long as they otherwise would when an outside agent intervenes, yet something about this doesn’t feel like simply another civil war. I can’t help wondering what makes ISIS any different than … More Yet another innocent humanitarian beheaded

The Egyptian paradigm

>> Haga clic aquí para la versión en castellano The Arab Spring was an exercise in irony, nowhere more so than in Egypt. On the surface, it appeared to be the Arab equivalent of 1989 in Eastern Europe. There, the Soviet occupation suppressed a broad, if not universal desire for constitutional democracy modeled on Western … More The Egyptian paradigm

Northern Africa: A Choice between Reform and Stability

In the wake of uprisings in North Africa, West may be forced to make a choice between much-needed reform or stable dictatorships. NATO will need to reconsider its newest partnerships, beyond the interest of its allies, and start guaranteeing actual security. Doused in paint thinner, Mohamed Bouazizi set himself alight in Tunisia on Dec. 17, … More Northern Africa: A Choice between Reform and Stability

Way forward for the Palestinian recognition is underway

After direct peace talks with Israel failed last autumn, Palestinian leaders have stepped up their drive to gain global recognition for a Palestinian state. Israel has warned the move could hamper further peace efforts. Since Brazil in December officially recognized a Palestine as a sovereign, independent state within its borders prior to 1967 a whole … More Way forward for the Palestinian recognition is underway

WikiLeaks reveals essentials of the ‘dirty war’ in Iraq

The disapproval coming out of Washington and Baghdad aimed at the publication by WikiLeaks of secret Iraq war documents is hypocritical. Actually, the secret files made public by WikiLeaks offer little new information. At the very latest, since Abu Ghraib, the international community had come to the realization that the war in Iraq was a … More WikiLeaks reveals essentials of the ‘dirty war’ in Iraq

Obama gives way to recognition of a Palestinian state

Impressive Speech from Barack Obama at the UN on the Israeli-Palestinian issue: either we act as in the past – great speeches without changing anything – or everyone rolls up his sleeves. The whole meanwhile, bearing in mind that in 2011 the UN General Assembly might welcome a new member: the Palestinian state. “The conflict … More Obama gives way to recognition of a Palestinian state

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

The United States and the Human Rights Council

The hopes quickly went on smoke at the end of the 12th session marking the official attendance of the United States to the Human Rights Council in Geneva. When the United States announced their candidacy to the Human Rights Council earlier this year, many had welcomed the decision with the hope that some cases completely … More The United States and the Human Rights Council

Troubled Waters in the World of Human Rights Watch

Some like fishing in troubled waters. It appears that Ms. Sarah Leah Whitson is the deputy director of Women’s Rights division at Human Rights Watch (as indicated in the English version of the HRW site) and the NGO responsible for the Middle East (as specified in the HRW web site in Spanish). Several journalists have … More Troubled Waters in the World of Human Rights Watch