The US Needs to Uncancel the ICC

April 12, 2021

When the loony right gathered at the Conservative Political Action Conference back in February, the theme of the Trump-heavy gathering was “America Uncanceled.” Speaker after speaker railed against “political correctness” in American culture, from “woke mobs” to...

The ICC Has Stepped on a Political Minefield in Palestine

March 24, 2021

The rapidly-evolving geopolitical equation in the Middle East just got another layer of complexity added to it. Earlier this month, Fatou Bensouda, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), announced the launch of an investigation into alleged war crimes committed in the...

Will Biden Overturn Sanctions on the ICC?

February 26, 2021

From the get-go, US President Joe Biden’s administration has focused on reversing the worst of Donald Trump’s policy decisions. One of the very worst was the imposition of sanctions on individual officials of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Trump administration was so enamored of...

Donald Trump’s War Crimes Confession

January 14, 2020

In an article with the title, “'Maybe we will, maybe we won't,” The Independent quotes US President Donald Trump’s latest boast made in an interview with Fox News commentator Laura Ingraham: “The only troops I have are taking the oil, they are protecting the oil.” It’s Time for...

Mike Pompeo Lays Down the Opposition to International Law

March 19, 2019

Donald Trump and Rodrigo Duterte have a common enemy: any institution that objects to international thuggery. The Daily Devil’s Dictionary explains. As the moral conscience of the universe, US leaders cannot stand the idea of there being an International Criminal Court (ICC), independent of...

Africa This Month: International Institutions Stumble

October 31, 2016

Despite divisions and conflicts, African leaders are behaving more assertively in their messy dealings with the international community and its imperfect institutions. This month, Africa hosted a big international gathering. Delegates from over 150 countries met in Kigali, Rwanda, to reach a...

It’s Time for America to Join the ICC

July 19, 2016

America’s role as self-proclaimed primary supporter of human rights makes it essentially unavoidable for the US to join the ICC. On July 11, the International Criminal Court (ICC) determined that “the Republics of Uganda and Djibouti had failed to comply with the request for arrest and...

Norman Finkelstein: Israel, Settlements and the ICC (Part 2/2)

With illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian land, why has Israel not been held accountable? After wars in 2008-09 and in 2012, Israel has once again bombarded Gaza in a land, sea and air military campaign. Thousands of rockets from Hamas and other Palestinian factions...

The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process: What if Kerry Fails?

March 03, 2014

Failure to reach an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement could be catastrophic.  In April 2013, US Secretary of State John Kerry made clear his opinion on the necessity of peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians, elucidating his dedication to the current negotiations. He...

Local Justice in Africa: Out of the Spotlight

February 04, 2014

Local tribunals require media attention if they are to be alternatives to the ICC. Kenya’s president, Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, and his deputy, William Samoei Ruto, face charges for crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court (ICC). They stand accused of orchestrating the...

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