October 11, 2009 |
Poland's president approved the European Union reform treaty Saturday, ratcheting up the pressure on the Czech Republic as the only nation yet to sign off on the agreement designed to sharpen EU decision-making and increase the bloc's influence. President Lech Kaczynski signed Poland's ratification of the so-called Lisbon Treaty at a ceremony attended by European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and other EU leaders. The deal seeks to strengthen the bloc's institutions after its rapid expansion eastward, and must be ratified by all 27 EU nations.
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.
January 12, 2010 |
Fifty-seven years after the end of the bloody Korean conflict, always unpredictable North Korea on Monday proposed a peace treaty to formally end the hostilities. The communist state suggested that once a treaty was underway, it would return to the stalled six-party talks to end the regime's nuclear ambitions. But first, North Korean officials say, they want international sanctions imposed last year to be lifted immediately. The proposal was met with skepticism from the U.S. and its allies, including South Korea.
September 23, 2007 |
Governments of almost 200 countries have agreed to speed the elimination of a major greenhouse gas that depletes ozone, U.N. and Canadian officials said Saturday, describing a deal they said was a significant step toward fighting global warming.
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.