March 12, 2006
Re "Treaties shouldn't trump U.S. law," Opinion, March 8 Although Julian Ku hopes that the Supreme Court will not require police to refer foreign arrestees to their consulate representatives, the same argument means that Americans arrested abroad will be deprived of a similar right. In 2005, the Bush administration denounced the Vienna convention to which Ku refers, raising a similar question. Perhaps Ku and President Bush should attend another screening of the movie "Midnight Express" to refresh their memories of Americans being arrested by foreign governments and denied competent legal representation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 1986
Jeane Kirkpatrick's article (Editorial Pages, May 25), "Our Faith in Treaties Is Misplaced," displays a shocking ignorance of international law and the problems of dealing with the world community. The McNelly political cartoon from the Chicago Tribune accompanying the article echoes her negativism. It shows a tractor laden with a missile, leaving tread marks repeatedly saying "Blah, blah, blah, blah." The salient point in Kirkpatrick's article is "the greatest difficulty is compliance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 1990
When I saw the column by Bill Buckley (Opinion, April 1) alleging I used "phony treaties" and "made up facts," I said to myself, I " 'gotcha' again, Bill Buckley." I would have thought after Buckley demanded of me that I cite the treaty as I proceeded to do in the debate on decriminalizing drugs, that he would at least be professional enough to research whether the treaty ever existed before writing that it does not. In fact, I stated on the program that there were several treaties the U.S. was a signatory to. But obviously, his pen is as fast as his lips and he has found it more convenient to attack me rather than research the facts.
May 14, 1992 |
Representatives of more than 80 nations, meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, to negotiate a treaty to protect the world's wildlife and its habitat, are clashing over language intended to spur conservation but denounced by the United States as an infringement of states' rights. The talks, which began Monday and will continue through next Wednesday, are aimed at producing a biological-diversity treaty that could be signed by world leaders at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro next month.
July 26, 1997 |
Senators worried that an upcoming treaty on global warming would economically damage the United States voted, 95-0, Friday to urge the government not to sign it. In debate on their nonbinding resolution, the senators complained that about 130 developing nations--including China, India, Mexico and South Korea--would not be required to limit air pollution by the pact.
November 1, 2003 |
The U.N. General Assembly approved the world's first anti-corruption treaty that would require nations to return stolen assets to countries from which they were pillaged. The treaty would take effect 90 days after 30 governments have ratified it. Developing nations were eager to have the asset recovery provision adopted, particularly those where high-level corruption plundered the national wealth.