Opinion: What Would A Hilary Clinton White House Mean for the ICC?


Justice in Conflict

Mark Kersten is a researcher, consultant and teacher based in London. His research focuses on the nexus of international criminal justice and conflict resolution. Specifically, Mark’s work examines the politics of the International Criminal Court and the effects of its interventions on peace, justice and conflict processes.

Kersten maintains the Justice in Conflict blog. “Much of what is written at Justice in Conflict fits within the debate about the relationship between peace and justice. Understanding this relationship is an immensely difficult task and much of the literature and work done on the subject to date remains insufficient and unconvincing. Nevertheless, the difficulties in understanding the relationship between peace and justice is matched only by its importance.”

What Would A Hilary Clinton White House Mean for the ICC?

In this recent article, Kersten offers insights on what a Clinton administration would mean for the International Criminal Courts.

“…it is hard to imagine any significant change in the US’s piecemeal engagement with the ICC under a Hillary Clinton presidency. Clinton – or whoever the next President is – will face some stark political challenges when it comes to international criminal justice.”

Read the full article, and subscribe to Kersten’s Justice in Conflict blog here.

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In an announcement that came as a surprise to exactly no one, Hillary Rodham Clinton has declared her candidacy to become the Democratic candidate in the 2016 US Presidential election. Whether it has been as First Lady, Senator for New York, or Secretary of State, Clinton’s political life has covered the most momentous contemporary developments in international criminal justice. So if she were to become the first-ever female President of the United States, what would Clinton’s tenure mean for the relationship between the ICC and the US? Would it be markedly different than what we’ve seen under Barack Obama?

Under Obama, the US has had an improved yet still mixed relationship with the ICC. The administration supported a referral of Libya and Syria to the ICC. In 2012, the State Department expanded its Rewards for Justice programme to include some individuals indicted by the Court. Even if…

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ICRC Seeks Ceasefire to Deliver Aid in Yemen

“We urgently need an immediate halt to the fighting, to allow families in the worst affected areas, such as Aden, to venture out to get food and water, or to seek medical care. For the wounded, their chances of survival depend on action within hours, not days.”

-Robert Mardini, ICRC’s Head of Operations for the Middle East


Snowden: Spotted in Brooklyn, Moscow, & Last Week Tonight

Who’s Watching the Watchers?

Artists in Brooklyn Park secretly erected a bust of Edward Snowden. Manhunt ensues.

Amidst government efforts to tighten security and tackle cybercrime, Edward Snowden re-enters civil discourse as Congress prepares to consider reauthorization of the US Patriot Act and FISA provisions. Here’s what you need to know, and how to monitor the legislation. Continue reading Snowden: Spotted in Brooklyn, Moscow, & Last Week Tonight

9-21-2012 International Day of Peace

9-21-2012 International Day of Peace

2012 Fingerprint of International Peace

“Peace” in 100 world languages, using a 2,012 word count, to commemorate International Peace Day, September 21, 2012. Created by PHILANTHROPE Magazine under Creative Commons License. Please share, in the spirit of peace!

“Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.”

MSN Causes, TakePart Launch Campaign to Fight Hunger in America

The Hungriest States in America: The New Truth About Our Underfed Nation

Ahead of schedule, MSN Causes & TakePart launch a campaign to address hunger and poverty in the world’s wealthiest nation. Slated to go live today, the issue launched Friday, September 14.  Editors announced that parent company Participant Media has set a date for the release of its documentary film that chronicles hunger in the US. “A Place At The Table” goes into wide release in March, 2013.

 Also available on the site is an interview with Johnathan Bloom, author of American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food (And What You Can Do About It). When asked about the American mindset toward food waste, Bloom put the problem in perspective.

Our love of abundance, on the micro and macro scale, yields much waste. Farmers grow as much as they possibly can, then don’t harvest or sell a good amount of it. Supermarkets order and stock an unnecessary amount of food. And we buy so much fresh food that we couldn’t possibly eat all of it before it goes bad. This is linked to the human instinct to protect against starvation, but we put a real spin of “American excess” on it.

Another factor at play is the more recent phenomenon of demanding perfect, beautiful food. We’ve reached a point where appearance trumps taste. Anything that’s the wrong shape, size, color, or is slightly imperfect in any way will be cast aside. And given the national and international food chain, this means a dramatic amount of waste.

The American mindset is only half the problem. Poverty is a significant factor in food insecurity. In “Number Shock” the site offers the following:

English: US Census map of poverty across US

Fact: Poverty is the primary cause of hunger in the U.S., according to the U.S. Census.
(Source: US Census)

What it means: It sounds simple, but the fact that it is poverty—not food scarcity or another obstacle—that keeps people from eating means that addressing the causes of poverty is the way to solve the hunger problem.

Fact: The number of states in which a person working full-time at minimum wage can afford a two-bedroom apartment: zero.
(Source: National Low Income Housing Commission)

What it means: It means that even hard-working people can’t afford to live in basic quarters and feed their families in America.

Fact: Sixty-seven percent of Americans support gradually raising the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to at least $10 an hour, including 52% of Republicans.
(Source: Public Religion Research Institute)

What it means: It’s time for our laws to catch up to today’s cost of living and what the people want.

What you can do: Tell Congress to raise the minimum wage.

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Free IRS Webinar for Starting, Operating Disaster Relief Charities

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On Thursday, September 20, 2012 the US Internal Revenue Service Exempt Organizations Office will host a free webinar for anyone interested in starting or effectively operating a charity for disaster relief.

The webinar is a rebroadcast that will explain the basic requirements for starting a tax-exempt charity as well as how new and existing organizations can properly provide disaster relief under federal tax rules.

Failure to organize or operate a charitable organization could result in the revocation of tax-exempt status with the IRS.

According to the IRS, the webinar will cover topics such as:

  • The kinds of help organizations can provide
  • Operational an recordkeeping requirements, including fundraising and working with volunteers
  • Rules for recipients of disaster relief
  • The deductibility of charitable contributions made to organizations.

IRS Exempt Organizations Office is coordinating the webinar. Presenters include Manager and Tax Attorney Steven Grodnitzky, and Emily Mangrum, Tax Law Specialist.

Registration for the free webcast is available on the IRS website.

Webinar participation counts toward continuing education credits for enrolled agents and registered tax return preparers (PTIN required).

For more information about becoming a tax-exempt charitable organization, visit the IRS Exempt Organizations Office.

Reddit, Twitter, and Chairs, Oh My!

Yellow Brick Road: From Oz to Oval Office

During the 2008 presidential election, voter turnout was up 5 million over 2004. From Oz to Oval Office, the 2012 campaign trail is entirely different. Social media had a significant impact on previous campaigns, signifying a cultural shift in voter turnout was happening from behind the curtain of the internet. Now, candidates seek new ways to leverage social media for both messaging and for staying on message.

“Values may ‘matter most’ to voters, but they always take a backseat to the needs of money once the elections are won. This is a basic earmark of the phenomenon, absolutely consistent across its decades-long history. Abortion is never halted. Affirmative action is never abolished.” Frank, Thomas (2005). What’s the Matter With Kansas?

Continue reading Reddit, Twitter, and Chairs, Oh My!