International Law

World Watch List Country Profiles 2013

World Watch List Country Profiles 2013

Every day millions of Christians are persecuted because of their faith. The World Watch List lists the 50 countries where faith costs the most. Worldwide, the List reports an overall increase in the persecution of Christians in 2012.

US drone strikes violate Pakistan sovereignty: UN

 US drone strikes violate Pakistan sovereignty: UN

by Staff Writers
Islamabad (AFP) March 15, 2013

Drone strikes targeting the Taliban and Al-Qaeda violate Pakistan's sovereignty because the government says publicly it has not consented to the attacks, a UN envoy has said.

UN staring down a barrel over arms treaty

 UN staring down a barrel over arms treaty

by Staff Writers
United Nations (AFP) March 16, 2013

The United Nations starts a last-chance bid Monday to agree on a treaty to regulate the $80 billion a year conventional arms trade, but the United States and other major powers have thrown up immediate obstacles.

Vietnam anti-China activists mark island battle

 Vietnam anti-China activists mark island battle

by Staff Writers
Hanoi (AFP) March 14, 2013

Activists in Hanoi chanted anti-China slogans and laid flowers Thursday at a protest marking the anniversary of a battle over the contested Spratly Islands in which 64 Vietnamese soldiers died.

Co-exploitation of hydrocarbons in Aegean 'out of discussion'

 Co-exploitation of hydrocarbons in Aegean 'out of discussion'

Athens News Agency, 5 March 2013

 

AMNA--"Matters of co-exploitation of hydrocarbons in the Aegean are out of discussion," PASOK parliamentary group secretary Yannis Maniatis, a former deputy environment and energy minister, said on Tuesday, in an exclusive interview on AMNA web TV.
"We have the Law of the Sea (UN Convention on the Law of the Sea) on our side. The mainland and island regions of our country have their own Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), which is delineated on the basis of the principle of equal distances. It is what the Law of the Sea gives us and which we employ as a strong weapon in our negotiations with all our neighbors," Maniatis said.

 

 

Withdraw and Win: “Go” for Victory in Afghanistan

 Withdraw and Win: “Go” for Victory in Afghanistan

Joshua Thiel and Douglas A. Borer, Small Wars Journal, 25 February 2013

The war in Afghanistan can still be won. There, we have said it.  Let us begin by answering the skeptics’ question: what does “victory” mean?  Victory is defined by Afghanistan becoming a territorial entity from which terrorists cannot gain sufficient safe haven to organize, train, equip, and launch attacks against the USA and its allies.  This means the Taliban must be denied the opportunity to return to unchecked power in Afghanistan.  If the Taliban return to unilateral power, sooner or later Afghan soil will again be used by al Qaeda or similar violent radicals to strike the both the West and neighboring South Asian states.  The pre-9.11.01 status quo will have been recreated and the last ten years will be wasted.  This must not happen.  Although we are sympathetic to those who define “victory” as meaning democracy, human rights, and other western liberal notions of individual and economic freedom, our definition of strategic victory does not require these things.

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