Showdown at the U.N. -- Interviews Available
- March 13 -"All Members shall settle their international
disputes by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and
security, and justice, are not endangered. All Members shall refrain in their
international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial
integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner
inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.... The parties to any
dispute, the continuance of which is likely to endanger the maintenance of
international peace and security, shall, first of all, seek a solution by
negotiation, enquiry, mediation, conciliation, arbitration, judicial
settlement, resort to regional agencies or arrangements, or other peaceful
means of their own choice."
-- UN Charter (Chapter I, Article 2 and Chapter VI,
"We must make clear to the Germans that the wrong
for which their fallen leaders are on trial is not that they lost the war, but
that they started it. And we must not allow ourselves to be drawn into a trial
of the causes of the war, for our position is that no grievances or policies
will justify resort to aggressive war. It is utterly renounced and condemned as
an instrument of policy."
-- Supreme Court Justice Robert L. Jackson, U.S.
Representative to the International Conference on Military Trials, August 12,
MICHAEL RATNER, firstname.lastname@example.org,
President of the Center for Constitutional Rights, Ratner said
today: "The U.S. government is already violating the U.N.
Charter by its threatened use of force and current bombing of
Iraq. Bush is going the 'last mile' with diplomacy -- the last
mile to coerce other members and get a fig leaf for war."
Ratner has written about the "Uniting for Peace" resolution
(337) which allows the General Assembly to call an emergency
session when the Security Council is split on how to maintain
international peace and security.
MARJORIE COHN, email@example.com,
A professor of law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San
Diego, Cohn is executive vice president of the National Lawyers
Guild. She has also written about the "Uniting for Peace"
BILL FLETCHER, firstname.lastname@example.org,
President of TransAfrica Forum, Fletcher is available to assess
the situation at the U.N., particularly the positions of the
African nations currently on the Security Council: Guinea, Cameroon
ROBERTO RODRIGUEZ, email@example.com,
Co-author of the syndicated "Column of the Americas,"
Rodriguez said today: "The U.S. government is not continuing
to push out of moral reasons... Rather, it is bribing and blackmailing
countries at the United Nations."
ANITA WEISS, firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-editor of Power and Civil Society in Pakistan and
professor of international studies at the University of Oregon,
Weiss is available to assess the position of Pakistan on the
HENRY ROSEMONT, email@example.com
A leading scholar on China, Rosemont is author of several books
and is currently visiting distinguished professor at Trinity
University in Texas.
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