The UN Involvement in Palestine: a Historical Perspective

By Diego Del Priore, Associate Researcher, Near East and North Africa Programme, Institute of Advanced Studies in Geopolitics and Auxiliary Sciences (IsAG)

The proclamation of the 2014 International Year of the Solidarity with the Palestinian People by the General Assembly of the United Nations constitutes the opportunity to take stock of the UN involvement in the framework of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as well as the core themes intimately linked to it. In the same year of the bloodshed in the Gaza strip many issues remain unsolved, as the situation on the ground and the progressive Israeli colonization have been worsening the economic and social condition of the Palestinian people.

Prominent Leaders Back Resolution Calling for U.S. and Europe to Reject Geopolitics and Collaborate with the BRICS

The Schiller Institute, December 17, 2014

A grouping of more than 100 prominent politicians, businessman, academics, scientists and artists from 20 countries have publicly endorsed a resolution calling on the U.S. and Europe to collaborate with the “BRICS” nations in the interest of peace and economic development. The resolution, sponsored by the Schiller Institute, was issued in response to the offer of China's President Xi Jinping for the United States to join China's New Silk Road development program and abandon the policies of confrontation with particularly Russia and China.

NATO: Danger to World Peace

Immanuel Wallerstein, November 15, 2014

The official mythology is that between 1945 (or 1946) and 1989 (or 1991), the United States and the Soviet Union (USSR) confronted each other continuously – politically, militarily, and above all ideologically. This was called the “cold war.” If it was a war, the word to underline is “cold” since the two powers never engaged in any direct military action against each other throughout the entire period.


The Change of Regime of International Law as the Legal Feature of the New World Order

A Report prepared for the 12th Rhodes Forum by Dr. Alexander Mezyaev, Head of Department of International Law, University of Management TISBI, Russia. Editor-in-Chief, Kazan Journal of International Law and International Relations

The idea of the regime change is in no way a new fact on the international scene. Of course nowadays it gained several new features (like democracy claims or use of the new technologies) but the very fact is an old one.

What is really new that must be underlined in the context of the regime change - is a new regime of international law (onwards - IL). The law that establishes the base for illegal actions. Step by step, very quietly, but consistently, during last 20 years it was the building of the new regime of IL. It may be even said that the new IL was established. Before we analyze the phenomenon of this new ILR lets have a look at the strange events that are going on in the very legal institutions of the modern world – international courts and tribunals.

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Non Aligned Movement and Current Challenges

An Interview with Kouroush Ahmadi taken by Giuliano Luongo (IsAG)

In the framework of the studies of IsAG (Institute of Advanced Studies in geopolitics and Auxiliary Sciences) on neutrality, non-alignment and their evolution, Giuliano Luongo – Director of the “Africa” Research Programme and Coordinator of the Research Group on BRICS at IsAG – interviewed Mr. Kouroush Ahmadi, NAM coordinator at the Mission of Iran to the United Nations.

Giuliano Luongo – How does the NAM see and “interpret” the recent global economic crisis and the current war theatres in different areas of the world? Is it still possible to maintain a non-aligned or neutral (be it armed neutrality or not) position?

Kouroush Ahmadi – As to the NAM position on the recent global and economic crisis as well as its position on the current war theatres, we recommend that you take a look at the latest NAM document issued by the NAM Ministerial Meeting held in 29 May 2014 in Algiers. For this purpose, the NAM Final Document could be accessed at http://namiran.org/ under title: 17th NAM Ministerial Conference.

As to whether or not it is still possible to maintain a non-aligned or neutral (be it armed neutrality or not) position, the NAM believes yes, it is. Indeed, it is rather less difficult to maintain a non-aligned, non-committal position today, than under the bipolar global system during the Cold War. The big powers, today, are not as over-encompassing as they used to be during the Cold War. The share of the big powers of the global GDP is much less today compared to what it used to be during the Cold War. Emerging economies and many other developing countries are asserting themselves now much more strongly than they used to in the past.


Humanitarian Intervention is a Kind of Cosmetic Treatment of Military Intervention in Post-colonial World

An Interview with Richard Falk at the 12th Rhodes Forum, September, 2014

My name is Richard Falk, I’ve been a professor of international law teaching at Princeton University for 40 years and then after that I’ve being associated with the University of California in Santa Barbara for the last 12 years. I’ve also during this last period served for 6 years as the UN Special Rapporteur for Palestine and that’s brought me into a lot of controversial territory in dealing with the Palestine – Israel conflict.


An Interview with Christopher Black

A Transcript of the interview with Christopher Black, International Criminal Lawyer, taken at the 12th Rhodes Forum

My name is Christopher Black, I am a criminal lawyer based in Toronto, Canada. But for the last 15 years I’ve been involved in international war crimes tribunal work at the Yugoslav tribunal in the Hague, but most of my time Rwanda tribunal in Tanzania. There I was defending the chief of staff at the National Police, Gendarmerie General Augustin Ndindiliyimana, who was acquitted just this February of all the charges after 15 years of imprisonment.

My position here at this Forum is to put across the point of view that these tribunals are not institutions of criminal justice as portrayed in the mass media or by the tribunals themselves, but in fact are politically motivated courts whose purpose is one thing – propaganda.


Wir verlieren Russland

Von Martin Hoffmann, Der Tagesspiegel, 18 November, 2014

Plädoyer für einen Neuanfang der Beziehungen

Dies ist ein Weckruf. Ein Weckruf an all jene in der Politik, die schlafwandelnd auf die Überlegenheit des Westens vertrauen. An diejenigen, die davon überzeugt sind, der Westen müsse endlich Stärke zeigen und seine Sanktionen verstärken. Auch an jene Ostpolitiker mit Augenmaß, die auf den Dialog setzen, aber überzeugt sind, ein Krieg sei ausgeschlossen und am Ende werde die Vernunft siegen.


ISIS, Militarism and the Violent Imagination

An Article by Richard Falk published at the Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research, September 26, 2014

Before ISIS

The beheading of American and British journalists who were being held hostage by ISIS creates a truly horrifying spectacle, and quite understandably mobilizes the political will to destroy the political actor who so shocks and frightens the Western sensibility, which is far from being free from responsibility for such lurid incidents.

Never in modern times has there been a clearer example of violence begetting violence.

And we need to ask ‘to what end?’ Political leaders in the West are remarkably silent and dishonest about what it is that they wish to achieve in this region beset since 2011 by a quite terrifying outbreak of political extremism, whether from above as in the cases of Syria, Egypt, and Israel or from below as with ISIS and al-Nusra.