Here's the topic of the week. I'm hoping to keep my rant short, lol.
"Is there such a thing as terrorism, or is terrorism merely a matter of perspective? In other words, to paraphrase the text, is one man's terrorist another man's freedom fighter?"
Re: International Law & Human Rights posted by posted by LE Fri Jan 5 13:51:42 2007 A very interesting and closely watched case is very near completion at the International Court of Justice, the United Nations’ highest judicial body. This case is known as the Bosnian Genocide case, full name “APPLICATION OF THE CONVENTION ON THE PREVENTION AND PUNISHMENT OF THE CRIME OF GENOCIDE (BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA v. SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO)”. The Court’s final judgment is expected to be handed down February 21st, 2007, and it will probably be considered a landmark ruling in International Law. This case is the first in which a state, Bosnia and Herzegovina, is accusing another state, Serbia and Montenegro, of genocide during the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia. The International Court of Justice deals exclusively with disputes between states, and this case was first brought before them in 1993. Prior to this, accusations of genocide and war crimes were only brought against individuals, and were dealt with by tribunal. Bosnia must prove that the war was a war between States as well, and Serbia must argue that it was a civil war within Bosnia, and not subject to the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice. No state has ever been convicted of genocide; and a judgment against Serbia could result in that state being ordered to pay reparations to Bosnia, which could run into billions of dollars. Bosnia and Herzegovina filed the claim in 1993, accusing then-Yugoslavia (now Serbia and Montenegro) of violation of the Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. On Monday 24 April 2006, Bosnia and Herzegovina presented the following final submissions: “Bosnia and Herzegovina requests the International Court of Justice to adjudge and declare: 1. That Serbia and Montenegro, through its organs or entities under its control, has violated its obligations under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide by intentionally destroying in part the non-Serb national, ethnical or religious group within, but not limited to, the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina, including in particular the Muslim population, by” And then went on to list in detail how Serbia had accomplished this genocide. Serbia, on the other hand, is claiming that the International Court of Justice has no jurisdiction in this matter since “Yugoslavia” no longer exists, the country having broken down to its component nations. Also, the Court has already ruled that the former Yugoslavia cannot claim against NATO-member countries for their bombing of Yugoslavia, because Yugoslavia was not a member of the United Nations at the time. The Serbian position is that if “Yugoslavia” did not exist for the purpose of making a claim, then it equally cannot be held liable for a claim against it. Serbia is also arguing that there was not a state-based intent to commit genocide, no matter the actions of individuals representing the state. This case is interesting for the many issues it raises beyond the genocide issue. Should a state representing all its citizens, be held responsible for the actions of only some of those citizens? If Serbia loses the case, all of the citizens of Serbia will be taxed to pay for the possible reparations. Serbia is also pointing out that it is a victim of the dissolution of the former Yugoslavia—if the larger country had not broken into its smaller nations, there would have been no basis for a claim—after all a claim cannot be made by a country against itself. An example of this is Rwanda, a country where equally appalling genocide existed, but a country which did not divide into separate nations; no possible legal case can be made in the International Court of Justice for reparations in that case. There is a great essay posted at http://uchicagolaw.typepad.com/faculty/2006/03/bosnia_v_serbia.html which further discusses the implications of this case. A comparison is made between the Bosnia/Serbia case and the aftermath of World War 1 when Germany was forced to pay reparations that served only to increase resentment and may have possibly directly led to World War 2. It will be very interesting to see the results of this case, as well as to see if any judgement can be enforced by the United Nations. References Genocide, Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of - - Prevent Genocide International. (n.d.). Retrieved January 5, 2007, from http://www.preventgenocide.org/law/convention/text.htm iBHY: Application of 20 March 1993 - Bosnia and Herzegovina v. Yugoslavia. (n.d.). Retrieved January 3, 2007, from http://www.icj-cij.org/icjwww/idocket/ibhy/ibhyorders/ibhy_iapplication_19930320.htm iBHY: SUMMARY - Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Bosnia and Herzegovina v. Yugoslavia) Judgement on preliminary objections. (n.d.). Retrieved January 2, 2007, from http://www.icj-cij.org/icjwww/idocket/ibhy/ibhy_summaries/ibhysummary19960711.html Posner, E. (2006, March 9). Bosnia vs. Serbia. Message posted to http://uchicagolaw.typepad.com/faculty/2006/03/bosnia_v_serbia.html __
...but I sure wouldn't mind seeing this band get back together. AND come to the frozen tundra!! The Police May Reunite For Tour - Entertainment
Billboard Magazine is reporting that the trio the Police will reunite for a 2007 tour of the U.K. and the United States. The concerts would be the band's tour first since the Synchronicity tour ended in March 1984. The band never officially broke up, but after the successful debut of Sting's 1985 solo album, "The Dream Of The Turtles," the trio drifted apart. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ While no one associated with the band has publicly commented on the reunion rumors, a note posted on Sting's official Web site on Wednesday offered an intriguing tease for fans of the band: "As the 30th anniversary of the first Police single approaches, discussions have been underway as to how this will be commemorated. While we can confirm that there will indeed be something special done to mark the occasion, the depth of the band's involvement still remains undetermined."
Over the last few days, I've been ripping some movies/ TV shows for watching on the 'pod. I hit up the video store the other day after finishing my own little collection, and found this HBO series in the rental bin. I cannot believe I missed this when it was on TV; this is one of the best shows I've ever watched. It is such a treat to discover something like this, even if I am five years later than everyone else in the country. I'm looking forward to the last part which is supposed to be the capture of Berchtesgaden, and the "Eagle's Nest," Hitler's mountaintop fortress. I wonder if it will look much like the place I saw in 1977, when I went to an Outward-Bound type of leadership/ know thyself camp in the area. My first rock-climbing experience was on the cliffs at the Eagle's Nest. I remember the incredible views, both dangling from a rope halfway up the cliff, and from the huge patio there.
We have the weekly-when-I-remember-to-post-it horrorscope.
************************************************************ This week January 1 through January 7 Libra You may spend New Year's Day watching love stories or sports events on TV. Tuesday you return to reality, and you may help out a friend or neighbor or take care of a family member. Wednesday's Full Moon is in your career house, and you might have personal dilemmas regarding your present career path. Your love life should pick up enormously. You may be the happy recipient of a few admirers. Saturday you have a fun day with friends, although a few serious issues could come up for discussion. Sunday you may have a revelation through your nightly dreams.I gotta go back to reality on Tuesday??!! I hate it when that happens! Also read up on New Year's traditions on Snopes (do not ask me how I wound up there when I should be going to sleep after working all night). I got a kick out of this tradition.
First Footing: The first person to enter your home after the stroke of midnight will influence the year you're about to have. New for old Ideally, he should be dark-haired, tall, and good-looking, and it would be even better if he came bearing certain small gifts such as a lump of coal, a silver coin, a bit of bread, a sprig of evergreen, and some salt. Blonde and redhead first footers bring bad luck, and female first footers should be shooed away before they bring disaster down on the household. Aim a gun at them if you have to, but don't let them near your door before a man crosses the threshold.Hey, wait just a darn second here. I am usually the first one through the door since I'm usually working night shift on New Year's Eve. Maybe this explains everything!!!!
Yakking on the phone. Figures.
Happy New Year, everyone... may your next year be better than your last. As for me....thank God 2006 is over, lol. And I'm outta here. Time to go to work.
Uh, oh. The three scariest words in the world for somebody who can no longer run since knee surgery are "Tag. You're it". Old buddy Bill from InstaPinch surely picked a [insert favorite naval aviator terminology for extremely slow moving target here] when he sent this one my way. [Update: I have been informed that the correct "naval aviator terminology for extremely slow moving target" is "Zeppelin". Which is appropriate, since I am a huge Jimmy Page fan] 1. I am without a doubt the most gullible person in this entire world. I will believe anything, anytime, anywhere, anyhow that anybody tells me. I am one of four people in the entire country who has spent an evening in the woods shining a flashlight into a paper sack, chanting "heeeeere, snipe, snipe, snipe". Hey, I was eleven, what can I say? But if you have a practical joke you need to try out? Call me. Anytime. Really. 2. Karl, knowing your profession, you may not want to read this one. When I was 16, I was talked into trying to sneak out of the bill at an Indian restaurant in London by two classmates. ( It's that gullibility thing again.) We all three made it out the door, but the traffic light changed and the slowest of us ( guess who that would be- I wasn't very speedy even before the knee surgery! ) was dragged back into the restaurant by the collar, face burning and terrified, until my two classmates came back and paid their share of the bill. It remains to this day the most embarrassing and never-ever-to-be-repeated experience of my life. By the way, those two classmates? One is now a college professor, and the other is a Judge. I will leave it at that. 3. Going to take a cue from Pinch on this next one. If he can 'fess up to his weight, so can I. Sorta. I am six feet tall. I spent my most of my thirties and began my forties as an extremely large person. I am not going to give you exact numbers, but when I reach the number I consider a good and reasonable and achievable goal, I will have lost very nearly one hundred pounds. I'm almost there now, but this last bit is a lot harder than the rest. I have discovered a new diet recently however. All it takes is thinking of somebody eating mayonnaise right out of the jar, and your appetite evaporates instantly. 4. I passed my motorcycle endorsement test on the first try. The other adult member of my immediate family at the time very nearly got a speeding ticket. During the test. Think I might have rubbed it in just a teensy bit? Yew betcha. 5. Nobody has seen my natural hair color since about 1985. I'm not even sure what color it might be under the L'oreal, but I'm guessing it ain't reddish-blondish-brownish anymore. Hmmm, 1985. Isn't that the same year my number one daughter was born? Coincidence? I think not. Now, the tough part. None of the people I want to tag are active bloggers!! :-(( So, I'm going to issue a challenge. I want to hear from family members, whether you want to do it in comments or whether you want me to set you up your own blog (hint, hint, Kidbrudder) or even just a post from here or InstaPinch or Chef Mojo. I'm sure we would help out our family members right, guys?? I want all of you to join in this one! (I'm still a little :-& over the idea of somebody eating mayonnaise with a spoon right from the jar.)