CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 2001
Is Slobodan Milosevic "mad" to defy the Hague Tribunal ("For Milosevic, to Win Is to Lose," Opinion, Aug. 26)? Perhaps, but Milosevic has a better understanding of international law than does M. Gregg Bloche. Not only was Milosevic illegally extradited from Yugoslavia, in flagrant breach of the Serbian and Yugoslav constitutions, but the legal status of the Hague Tribunal itself is questionable, as it was set up by the U.N. Security Council and not by the General Assembly, as is required.
October 4, 1987
I'm having trouble reconciling two recent current events: - The United States violates international law and places mines off of Nicaragua. - The United States fires on an Iranian ship placing mines in the Persian Gulf, citing Iranian violation of international law. Maybe it's because the President and the ayatollah are so much alike they can't get along on a personal level. Maybe the President simply forgot we had mined Nicaragua. Maybe he thought he was talking to South Africa's prime minister when he said, "Shoot the miners."
February 5, 1986 |
Israel apparently was relying on the inherent right of self-defense when it ordered its warplanes to intercept an unarmed Libyan civilian aircraft Tuesday, but experts in international law said that the Israeli legal position is very weak. "There is no basis in international law for it," said Charles Maechling Jr., a senior associate of the Carnegie Endowment for World Peace and a former State Department official and University of Virginia law professor. John H.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 1992
William Smith's attempt to justify the U.S. government's kidnaping of Dr. Humberto Alvarez Machain, a Mexican citizen, from Mexico without Mexico's permission is full of holes ("A Question of Morality Over Legality," Column Right, Oct. 25). First, what Smith terms "foreign politicians' whinings" are in fact diplomatic protests relating to a gross violation by the United States of a fundamental principle of international law. This U.S. disregard for rules of territorial sovereignty has harmed our relations with other countries, damaged our credibility when we claim to uphold the rule of law in the world, and adversely affected our ability to negotiate successful treaties.
April 4, 2013 |
Alarmed by reports that Saudi Arabia will paralyze a man as punishment for allegedly stabbing a friend who ended up paralyzed, Britain urged the kingdom Thursday to abandon the “grotesque punishment.” The Saudi Gazette reported last week that Ali Khawahir was sentenced to be paralyzed if he could not pay 1 million riyals - roughly $270,000 - to the friend he allegedly stabbed a decade ago. Khawahir was reportedly 14 years old when he...
September 11, 2013 |
He invoked God, the pope and the rule of law, and recalled a time when the United States and Russia were allies "and defeated the Nazis together. " But don't think for a moment that Vladimir Putin has lost his edge. In a bluntly worded commentary published in Thursday's New York Times, the Russian president castigated the idea of American "exceptionalism," essentially called the United States an international bully and said he "carefully studied" President Obama's speech Tuesday to the nation on Syria, and determined that he disagreed with it. Still, Putin said his "working and personal relationship with President Obama is marked by growing trust," and he welcomed Obama's willingness to work with Russia on a plan to place Syria's chemical weapons under international control.
March 25, 2003 |
On Sunday, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld quickly invoked international law in condemning Iraq's treatment of American prisoners of war and its use of civilians as human shields. As soon as the Americans were shown on television, Rumsfeld denounced Iraq for violating the Geneva accords, which govern the treatment of prisoners of war. But Rumsfeld's hypocrisy here is enormous.
May 20, 1994
Ira A. Korff has resigned as president and director of National Amusements Ltd., the Dedham, Mass.-based movie theater company controlled by his former father-in-law, Viacom Inc. Chairman Sumner Redstone. No successor has been named by the closely held company, which owns 850 movie screens and is the controlling shareholder of Viacom. Korff, 44, was divorced two years ago from Redstone's only daughter, Shari E. Redstone, who joined the executive ranks of National Amusements last year.
March 26, 2008 |
The Supreme Court rebuffed President Bush on Tuesday for exceeding his powers under the law, ruling he does not have the "unilateral authority" to force state officials to comply with an international treaty. The Constitution gives the president the power "to execute the laws, not make them," said Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. Unless Congress passes a law to enforce a treaty, the president usually cannot do it on his own, he said.