Tag Archives: human rights

Preventing a massacre – of France’s economic interests in Africa.

When NATO started bombing Libya in March 2011, the justification given was that bombing was essential to protect civilians. More specifically, it was essential to prevent the Libyan armed forces overrunning Benghazi, and carrying out a massacre. Hillary Clinton explicitly invoked … Continue reading

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A brief review of some of the foreign policy pledges in Labour’s 2015 General Election manifesto.

On Monday 12 April, the Labour Party, which is one of the two major parties in British politics, released their manifesto for May’s General Election. The remit of this blog is to cover issues around the wars currently being fought … Continue reading

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Amnesty International researcher criticizes Saudi Arabia.

Philip Luther, Director of Middle East and North African affairs at Amnesty International, is quoted as saying in today’s Amnesty press release on the human rights situation in Saudi Arabia that: ‘Four years ago, Saudi Arabian diplomats came to Geneva … Continue reading

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Amnesty International UK on the prospect of the U.S. bombing Syria: this is a bit more like it.

From a letter sent to The Times by their director Kate Allen. As here: ‘First, that US-led strikes are reportedly still highly likely. Too little has been said about what this may mean for civilians in Syria. International humanitarian law … Continue reading

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Power in Power: on Samantha’s recent comments on Israel and human rights.

Samantha Power was recently sworn in as the Obama administration’s new Ambassador to the U.N.. Power has a reputation – at least in U.S. liberal Establishment circles – of being a fierce proponent and defender of human rights. She is … Continue reading

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Amnesty on NATO in Afghanistan: ‘must preserve the modest human rights gains of the past 12 years’.

I wrote a bit yesterday about how there is increasing evidence that U.S. Special Forces in Afghanistan are employing Afghan proxy militias who have been responsible for the murder, torture, disappearances and the rape of civilians, as part of their … Continue reading

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