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November 11, 2001
Re "Is There a Torturous Road to Justice?" Commentary, Nov. 8: I'm surprised law professor Alan Dershowitz thinks that extracting information by torture could be legal under U.S. law. He has evidently forgotten that we signed, ratified and executed the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. It provides: "No exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat of war, internal political instability, or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification of torture."
April 8, 2014 | By David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon plans to remove 50 nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missiles from their silos over the next four years but not eliminate them from the U.S. arsenal, a move aimed at complying with a 2010 treaty with Russia and avoiding a fight with members of Congress from states where the missiles are based. Lawmakers had feared reductions in nuclear forces required under the New START treaty would eliminate an entire ICBM squadron at one of three Air Force bases in North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming where the U.S. keeps its 450 Minuteman III missiles - a potentially major economic blow.
September 18, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Russia cemented its ties with Georgia's two breakaway provinces by signing friendship treaties envisaging close economic and military cooperation. President Dmitry Medvedev pledged that Russia would protect Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which Russia recognized as independent after its war last month with Georgia. Georgia dismissed the treaties as legally void, saying the regions remain part of Georgia. In Australia, a parliamentary committee recommended that the nation not ratify a treaty that would allow its uranium to be sold to Russia for power generation, partly because of the Russian troop presence in Georgia.
March 3, 2014 | By Ken Dilanian, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
[Updated, 8 p.m., March 3: WASHINGTON - CIA director John Brennan told a senior lawmaker Monday that a 1997 treaty between Russia and Ukraine allows up to 25,000 Russia troops in the vital Crimea region, so Russia may not consider its recent troop movements to be an invasion, U.S. officials said. The number of Russian troops that have surged into Ukraine in recent days remains well below that threshold, Brennan said, according to U.S. officials who declined to be named in describing private discussions and declined to name the legislator.
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.
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.
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.
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 | Associated Press
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 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
February 8, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe continued their quiet negotiations Saturday to bring an end to their nations' World War II dispute over four Pacific islands, a disagreement that has hampered relations between the two nations for nearly 70 years. Amidst shifting diplomatic dynamics in the Asian Pacific region, Putin and Abe met on the fringes of the Winter Olympic Games in the southern Russian resort of Sochi to discuss improving trade ties and how to resolve conflicting sovereignty claims to the islands.
November 13, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
Society has slowed down global warming several times over the last century without even trying, new research says. A study found that the rate of global warming has ratcheted down in response to major world events, including the two world wars, the Great Depression and, most recently, a global ban on ozone-depleting substances. Researchers attribute the most recent slowdown, since the late 1990s, at least in part to the decline in emissions of chlorofluorocarbons, greenhouse gases that were phased out under the 1989 Montreal Protocol . The international treaty was not intended to fight climate change, but to protect the atmosphere's ozone layer.
September 25, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Having a physical disability profoundly disconnects a person from the world in which the able-bodied live and move, and makes a challenge out of numerous mundane tasks. The Americans with Disabilities Act, which was passed more than two decades ago, prohibits many forms of discrimination against the disabled and mandates that they be provided with equal access to buildings, workplaces, programs, services and public accommodations. The federal law was the model for the United Nations treaty known as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which requires participating countries to provide equal access for the disabled.
September 25, 2013 | By Paul Richter
UNITED NATIONS - The United States on Wednesday signed a treaty that seeks to regulate the international trade in conventional arms, but ratification in the Senate remains uncertain because of the strong resistance of gun rights advocates. Secretary of State John F. Kerry signed the Arms Trade Treaty in a ceremony at the United Nations, insisting that it would have no effect on Americans' ability to buy weapons and little effect on overseas sales because of U.S. export controls that are already in place.
September 15, 2013 | By Barry O'Neill
However the Syrian crisis turns out, it holds a lesson for American leaders. They have often been ready to confront those who violate international norms, such as Syrian President Bashar Assad, but reluctant to join worldwide agreements that express those norms. Such treaties would help deter the would-be perpetrators and would increase the legitimacy of actions taken against them. American leaders have been suspicious of diplomacy and multilateral negotiating, but the founders took a different view.
July 11, 2013 | By Don Lee
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. and China will begin substantive talks on a comprehensive bilateral investment treaty, a development that American officials described as a major shift by the Chinese that could give U.S. firms greater market access to many more products and services.  U.S. and other foreign businesses in China have long complained about restrictions in investment and trade. Chinese rules prevent foreign companies from taking majority ownership in dozens of manufacturing and farm goods and services, including cars, oil seed processing, insurance and banking.
"Boom in Overseas Adoption." "Baby Scam Flourishing." "Romania Targets Baby Trade." Spurred on by such headlines, 36 nations and 16 private groups are working on a treaty to curb abuses in adoptions of children across international borders. The complex negotiations are particularly important to the United States. Prospective parents, facing a severe shortage of American babies they might be willing to adopt, imported about 9,000 children last year.
June 22, 2013 | By Julie Makinen, Los Angeles Times
BEIJING - With U.S. prosecutors having filed criminal charges against Edward Snowden, attention turned Saturday to Hong Kong, whose authorities now must decide how to proceed with the case of the self-proclaimed National Security Agency leaker believed to be holed up in the Chinese territory. At a brief news conference Saturday, Hong Kong Police Commissioner Andy Tsang said only that the matter would be handled according to law, and refused to answer a question about whether Snowden was in a police "safe house.
May 1, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
World War II lingers for Russia and Japan. Nearly 68 years after the fighting ended, the two Asian powers have yet to sign a peace treaty. That could change now that the leaders of both countries have solid nationalist credentials and could pull off what analysts call a “Nixon-to-China moment.” Like stridently anti-Communist President Nixon, who traveled to Beijing in 1972, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister...
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