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

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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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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

Mental Vacay: Stockholm, Sweeden + Vision Zero Lead the Way to Walkable Cities

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Stockholm’s effort to reduce road deaths to zero by 2020 has become an international model for “walkable cities.”

“Most transpo devotees are familar with Sweden’s incredible success of Vision Zero, a goal to eventually curb road deaths and serious injuries to zero by 2020. Many cities worldwide, especially in the United States, have now adopted various forms of it.”

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What was it like to be a part of the MIT Blackjack Team?

MIT Blackjack Reunion

It was completely secret, for years and years and years.   So it was something you were doing where you couldn’t tell anyone.

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But Love Has Lots of Other Stuff Going for It

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Love has no labels? Oh, I don’t know. I regularly employ a wide variety of labels for my loved ones, including “honey,” “sweetie-pie,” “cutie” and “are-you-on-your-iPhone-again?”

But in this adorable video from the non-profit Advertising Council in the U.S., they use a social experiment to make a strong point about love and labels. Sets of lovebirds, best friends and other bonded pairs are hidden behind a large panel. Onscreen, an X-ray animation shows their skeletons prancing around in delight, then leaning towards each other for big boney embraces.

When the pairs finally burst out from behind the screen for the big reveal, onlookers are apparently surprised that the couples aren’t who, or what, they expected. Some pairs are same-sex couples. Others have disabilities, are chronologically challenged, or are religiously disparate. Prominent slogans read: “Love has no gender,” “Love has no age,” and so on. Miranda Lambert sings

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Dan Pollotta Asks: Why Can’t We Sell Charities Like We Sell Perfume?

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Reddit, Twitter, and Chairs, Oh My!

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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.

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The First Tesla Museum, Raised With Oatmeal

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An Artist, A Scientist, A Love Story

Remember the film “Sleepless In Seattle”? This love story could be its fundraising fan fiction version.

Last week, The Chronicle of Philanthropy offered up an interactive map demonstrating How America Gives. New Yorkers ranked No. 2 on that list, with the Big Apple contributing a whopping $11.3 billion.

At the same time, Seattle resident Matthew Inman, a/k/a The Oatmeal launched a campaign on Indiegogo. Oatmeal’s campaign sought to raise match funds for a $850,00 grant from the state of New York. Together, the $1.7 million would allow The Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe (a 501(c)3 that has been trying for 15 years to purchase the real estate for Tesla’s old lab) the opportunity to outbid the other offer for the property. Inman’s home of Washington state made the No. 15 spot on America’s Giving list with $3 billion in contributions. Could the Oatmeal rally the giving power of both coasts to raise a museum for science, for a dead scientist named Nikola Tesla? Continue reading The First Tesla Museum, Raised With Oatmeal