After 9/11: A wasteland of buried reason

America’s excessive reaction to the 9/11 attacks was the prelude to a decade of damage and injustice on a vast scale. An understanding of what went wrong is essential to progress in the next ten years, says Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh.

'War crimes' committed in Sudan's Southern Kordofan - UN

A report released yesterday (15 August) by the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights says that, if substantiated, violations of international criminal law and international humanitarian law which are alleged to have taken place in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan State in June “could amount to crimes against humanity or war crimes.”

A lenient indictment at the Mubarak trial?

The limited charge sheets presented at the trials of Hosni Mubarak and Zine El Abidine Ben Ali may seem at first puzzling, but limiting them in this way serves the useful function of preventing their grandstanding and using their trials to try and defend their regimes, writes Pádraig McAuliffe.

Norway tragedy exposes tunnel vision on terrorism

We could all benefit from taking a more Norwegian approach to the terror attacks, writes Axel Bruns.

When injustice is done, when the innocent are threatened, a common expression of sympathy is “I am one of you”.

So, as the famous movie line goes, “I am Spartacus,” or a little more recently, “Ich bin ein Berliner.” After 9/11, for a moment, we were all New Yorkers; after 7/7, Londoners; after the atrocious terrorist attacks in Oslo and Utøya, we are all Norwegians.

If only this were true.

Hunger crisis unfolding: Somalia and beyond

The severe drought across much of east Africa is a human emergency that requires urgent attention. It also signals a global crisis: the convergence of inequality, food insecurity and climate change. By Paul Rogers.

Somalia famine caused by political failure

The UN has officially declared a famine in two regions of southern Somalia today.

Governments around the world have collectively failed to act to prevent the famine in Somalia, Oxfam Ireland Chief Executive Jim Clarken has said.

“The crisis has been building for several months but the response from international donors and regional governments has been mostly slow and inadequate and the aid response is still $800m short of what is needed,” he added.