Leading by Example: How States Identify Targets for Non-State Violence

Nearly 80,000 people in the UK signed a petition calling for the arrest of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on war crimes charges ahead of his diplomatic visit to Britain. The growing global criticism of Israel’s military actions against Palestinians is encouraging, but is also particularly interesting to consider alongside recent acts of settler violence…

Ebola and the Militarization of Disaster Response

At this point, the Ebola frenzy in the U.S. seems be fading a bit, given the lack of a massive outbreak. And that is excellent news. But the disease remains a serious threat in other parts of the world: despite the lack of impact on the most industrialized countries, this remains the worst outbreak on…

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Middle East Since the end of WWII, there has been more global interest in investigating and prosecuting war crimes, which ultimately led to the creation of the International Criminal Court (ICC.) However, the ICC only investigates after conflicts end, which can lead to evidence being lost or destroyed. So NGOs in Syria are working to…

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Europe What started as a local anti-privatization protest in Bosnia-Herzegovina has morphed into a broader condemnation of corruption and nationalism. A Ukrainian man, reportedly very drunkenly, tried to hijack a plane and force it to land in Sochi. He claimed to have a bomb and was brandishing what looked like a detonator. The pilots were…

The Ignored Dangers of Autonomous Weapon Systems

The Center for a New American Security just published a report called 20YY: Preparing for War in the Robotic Age. The report discusses the dawn of a new era, one in which “unmanned and autonomous systems will play central war-fighting roles for the United States, its allies and partners, and its adversaries.” Meanwhile, the head…

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Economy A movement to give every citizen a basic guaranteed income in Europe is gaining traction. Readers may recall I wrote about the Guaranteed Basic Income several months ago. The obvious lesson here is that policy makers around the world should follow my blog and take my suggestions. And maybe get crazy and pay me….

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This week I’m going to try to get back on track with longer written posts. But in the meantime, catch up on news with some linkage! Asia You may have heard the hubbub about the U.S. flying B-52 bombers through airspace that China recently claimed. Folks at The Duck of Minerva posit some theories for…

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War on Terror: This story is super intense. “Last spring, the remains of 10 missing Afghan villagers were dug up outside a U.S. Special Forces base – was it a war crime or just another episode in a very dirty war?” The team of Green Beret soldiers in question were forced out of the base…

Bombings in Mexico and the Need for Infrastructure Resilience

Bombings in the Michoacan state of Mexico last week knocked out nine electrical plants, causing a series of blackouts that the culprits used to torch gas stations. The coordinated attacks also included gunshots fired at a number of other electrical plants. Around 1 million people lacked power for about 15 hours. The level of conflict…

The N.S.A. Spying on World Leaders

So, the N.S.A. has been spying on Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel. Since well before she was the German Chancellor, or it was even apparent that she would become chancellor. The same is true of other world leaders, such as Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff. The blowback has begun already, with Merkel saying that relations with the U.S….

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The flu kept me from updating this week, but hopefully I’ll be back on schedule now. Syria Update: The country has met their first deadline for destroying their chemical weapons stockpiles. And without a U.S. bombing campaign! Unfortunately, as foreign fighters enter Syria and refugees flee to neighboring countries, aid workers are starting to see…

U.S. Hypocrisy in Arms Exports

You all may have heard that Secretary of State John Kerry signed the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty about a month ago. People on the right absolutely lost their minds, convinced that this is part of a conspiracy to steal guns from Americans. So the treaty faces a tough time getting approved in the Senate. So…