Thursday, 8 October 2015

The Implications of Prosecuting Destruction of Cultural Heritage: al-Mahdi at the ICC

By Caleb R. Newton

    There is a consistent strain of notoriety in world media regarding the destruction of cultural heritage artifacts. In late September 2015, the International Criminal Court (ICC) held a hearing for its first court case against an individual, Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi, “concerning the destruction of buildings dedicated to religion and historical monuments,” according to BBC. Al-Mahdi is from a group that occupied Timbuktu, Mali, in 2012 and 2013. What are some of the underpinnings of the situation like that of al-Mahdi? Is the world pursuing a fool’s errand in attempting to prosecute him? 

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

UNGA 2015: Analysis of PM Netanyahu's Speech

PM Binyamin Netanyahu spoke before the UNGA to express his opposition to the Iranian Deal; to explain Israel's rapprochement to Arab States; to criticise the UN's bias; to kill the illusion that the Israel-US Relations are in need of couple's therapy; and to inspire his People, who elected him against all odds.

Monday, 5 October 2015

UNGA 2015: Comment on Mahmoud Abbas' Delivery

President Abbas presented himself before the UNGA to acknowledge that Fatah/PLO does not have the capability to form a viable State and to threaten the State of Israel. 
WARNING: this post contains graphic images as rebuttal of Mr Abbas' claims that he spreads peace.