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‘Mushroom Cloud’ Sales Pitch Is Back

Tuesday, 11 September 2012, 1:04 pm | Peter Dyer

A decade ago, George W. Bush’s administration, citing the specter of “mushroom clouds,” launched a PR campaign to rally the American people behind an invasion of Iraq. Today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is undertaking a similar ... More >>

NATO’s Law of the Jungle in Libya

Monday, 14 November 2011, 3:28 pm | Peter Dyer

Exclusive: The murder of Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi was widely hailed in the West as a just outcome. But it involved powerful nations making up the rules as they went along, the law of the jungle disguised as international justice, observes Peter ... More >>

A Test For U.S. Policy on Iran

Sunday, 4 September 2011, 12:23 pm | Peter Dyer

With whispers rife that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will finally decide whether to end a US ban on Iran’s largest opposition group, the Mujahedeen e Khalq (MEK) it is important to assess the consequences of a policy decision made to appease ... More >>

The Chilcot Inquiry, Aggression and the ICC

Thursday, 29 July 2010, 6:36 pm | Peter Dyer

The 2003 U.S. led invasion of Iraq was a crime--a profound and catastrophic violation of international law. The crime was aggression: the waging of unprovoked war on a sovereign state. A growing international consensus says that not only was the invasion ... More >>

Brits, Dutch Confront Illegal Iraq War

Monday, 15 February 2010, 10:32 am | Peter Dyer

On March 18, 2003, on the eve of the invasion of Iraq, Elizabeth Wilmshurst resigned as Deputy Legal Adviser to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the British equivalent of the U.S. State Department. More >>

Greens' International Non-Aggression Bill defeated

Friday, 25 September 2009, 4:04 pm | Peter Dyer

It is still legal in New Zealand for our leaders to deploy NZ Armed Forces overseas on an illegal mission. For now. On Wednesday, 23 June, Green MP Dr Kennedy Graham’s International Non-Aggression and Lawful Use of Force Bill was defeated after its ... More >>

New Zealand Prime Minister Arrested for Aggression

Friday, 4 September 2009, 1:46 pm | Peter Dyer

12 February 2013 (Reuters) In a dramatic first test of landmark legislation, New Zealand’s Prime Minister was arrested this morning by New Zealand’s Attorney-General and charged with aggression. More >>

Interview: Dr Kennedy Graham

Tuesday, 18 August 2009, 2:07 pm | Peter Dyer

Was it right to send the SAS to Afghanistan in 2001-2005? Is it right to send them back this year, as Prime Minister John Key has decided? Will it be legal? Was it ever legal? The SAS has been accused of enabling American abuse of prisoners of war ... More >>

Peter Dyer: Obama, Pakistan and the Rule of Law

Thursday, 14 May 2009, 2:36 pm | Peter Dyer

In the first hour of his administration President Barack Obama affirmed his dedication to the rule of law: “Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils that we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man -- a charter ... More >>

Peter Dyer: The History of War Crimes

Thursday, 12 March 2009, 3:14 pm | Peter Dyer

On June 13, 1899 one of the largest battles of the Philippine-American war took place on the southern outskirts of Manila. After several hours of fierce fighting at the Zapote River Bridge, 5000 poorly armed Philippine soldiers were outgunned and routed ... More >>

Government of Laws and Not of Men

Wednesday, 18 February 2009, 9:41 am | Peter Dyer

Now that the unprecedented lawlessness of the Bush administration is history, we have an equally unprecedented opportunity to reaffirm the foundation of American democracy: the rule of law. More >>

Torture & the Crime of Aggressive War

Tuesday, 6 January 2009, 9:56 am | Peter Dyer

The U.S. government’s torture of detainees in the “war on terror” can be traced directly to a Feb. 7, 2002, memo signed by President George W. Bush. More >>

Obama: Domestic Social Agenda vs. Foreign War

Monday, 8 December 2008, 11:16 am | Peter Dyer

Can we successfully fight for social and economic justice in the United States while simultaneously escalating a war in Asia? Barack Obama says we can. But forty-one years ago, Dr Martin Luther King Jr. warned against doing exactly that. More >>

Obama Can End Iraq War 'Responsibly'

Friday, 28 November 2008, 12:03 pm | Peter Dyer

One of Barack Obama's most compelling and popular campaign promises was his pledge to end the war in Iraq “responsibly.” But what does “responsibly” mean in this context? More >>

US Journalists & War-Crime Guilt

Thursday, 16 October 2008, 1:59 pm | Peter Dyer

Editor’s Note: This year, the U.S. news media cheered the opening of the $450 million Newseum in Washington, a self-congratulatory celebration of American journalism. More >>

Peter Dyer: Nuremberg and Iraq

Monday, 22 September 2008, 11:58 am | Peter Dyer

Sixty-two years ago this month, four judges met to deliberate the fate of the first men ever tried for war crimes in an international court of law. More >>

Bush, Karadzic, de Veillepin and the ICC

Tuesday, 19 August 2008, 3:39 pm | Peter Dyer

Q: What do Radovan Karadzic, former French Prime Minister Dominique de Veillepin and George W Bush have in common? More >>