Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Hamas Isn't About Resistance, It's About Global Caliphate

Hamas Militants (Source: Google Images)
Hamas is defeated.
In a time when the Islamic State (IS) is waging Jihad against Syria, Iraq and the West (as declared by a British Jihadist who beheaded an American journalist on camera), it is most curious how Hamas concatenated its actions with its associates' activities.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

The Question of Proportionality in Warfare

Blind Justice with Scales & Sword - Daniel Eskridge 

In any given war people will die. High number of civilian casualties per se is not a crime of war, especially if the attacks are not intentionally directed against civilians. Luís Moreno Ocampo explained it better:

"Under international humanitarian law and the Rome Statute, the death of civilians during an armed conflict, no matter how grave and regrettable, does not in itself constitute a war crime. International humanitarian law and the Rome Statute permit belligerents to carry out proportionate attacks against military objectives, even when it is known that some civilian deaths or injuries will occur.
A crime occurs if there is an intentional attack directed against civilians (principle of distinction) (Article 8(2)(b)(i)) or an attack is launched on a military objective in the knowledge that the incidental civilian injuries would be clearly excessive in relation to the anticipated military advantage (principle of proportionality) (Article 8(2)(b)(iv)." -- (pag. 5 of this IIC Doc)

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Reform of the UN Security Council: Biting Off More Than They Can Chew?

Many are the voices calling for a reform of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), because in their view the present Council does not reflect the new distribution of power - interestingly enough, those voices seem to focus more on the Permanent 5 (P5) seats. But what constitutes power and has its distribution really changed?