Issues / Human Rights
The "High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change" that Kofi Annan asked to study how the UN copes with the threats of the new century and their report, "A More Secure World: Our Shared Responsibility," admirably points out that there is more to reform than simply tinkering with organizational diagrams and flowcharts.
The Ukraine should seriously consider the option of working with all parties involved in its current crisis--including the European Union, Russia, and the United States--in taking possible steps toward its nonviolent dismemberment in a manner acceptable to its variegated population.
When President Bush took the oath of office, one pledge he didn't make that he should have was to stop the torture.
Nepal’s 14-year-old experiment in constitutional monarchy suffered a major assault on February 1, 2005 when King Gyanendra sacked the prime minister, formed a new cabinet composed largely of royalists, and established direct monarchical rule.
While the U.S., India, and Great Britain have sharply condemned the Feb. 1 coup by King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah of Nepal, the policies of those three governments vis-à-vis the ongoing civil war in the Himalayan nation must share considerable blame for the present crisis.
While on one level appointing John Bolton as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations is the contemporary equivalent of having King Herod as head of UNICEF, there is some comfort to be drawn from it. He will be singularly ineffective in winning friends and support for the White House’s policies.
With the nomination of John D. Negroponte to head the newly restructured intelligence system and the rather startling choice of the controversial and confrontational John Bolton as ambassador to the UN, Bush continues to show much less concern for world public opinion or credibility than for personal loyalty and a hard-right ideology.
Ongoing scandals of prisoner abuse by U.S. forces in Afghanistan and Iraq are fuelled by the Bush administrations criticism of the Geneva Conventions.
John Paul's vision of globalization sharply countered the pro-corporate triumphalism spread by "free trade" boosters.
In the past 17 months, President Bush has undertaken a concerted effort to wrap his foreign policy in the folds of freedom and democracy.