African solutions to global problems? South Africa’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court

During last October of 2016, Burundi became the first country of the 124 members of the Rome Statute establishing the International Criminal Court (ICC) to announce its withdrawal from the treaty. Shortly after, Gambia and South Africa followed suit. The latter has stated that the obligations set forth in the Rome Statute regarding the arrest […]

Fog in Channel – History cut off

It is said that in the 1930s an English newspaper published once the following headline: “Fog in Channel – Continent Cut Off”. Ever since, it has been considered a token of the British national character and as an evidence of the British longstanding attitude vis-à-vis the continent. And no wonder, as the island has been […]

ISIS delenda est

The news of yet another terrorist attack by ISIS on European soil in a few years confirms for Europe what has been a reality for some time now in other parts of the world: Armed groups willing to resort to terrorist tactics are a real and continuous threat for international security. The historian Plutarch narrates […]

Russia, the bicephalous eagle

On September 30 Russia intervened militarily in the internal armed conflict that has engulfed Syria since 2011. The Russian government claims that it only targeted ISIS and other personnel “looking and acting like terrorists”. NATO, on the contrary, accuses Russia of rendering military assistance to its ally, the dictator Bashar Al-Assad, in the fight against […]

The guilts of Oskar Gröning

On April 21st Oskar Gröning, age 93, appeared before a court of law in the German city of Lüneburg. He is charged with being an accessory to the murder of 300,000 Hungarian Jews in the infamous concentration camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, ran by the Nazi regime during World War Two and where Gröning served as an […]

Good News for humankind

On this day, December 24 2014, enters into force the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty. This agreement is meant to regulate international commerce of conventional weapons and to eradicate the illicit traffic thereof, so as to contribute to peace, security and the reduction of human suffering. These purposes, especially the last one, transform the new […]