The Ought/Is Schism: What Good Are International Norms?

Earlier this month, a Médecins Sans Frontières-supported hospital in Yemen was bombed, killing 19 people. This is not the first time a MSF hospital has been attacked. In October 2016, a United States airstrike killed 42 civilians in Kunduz, Afghanistan. Bombing a hospital or bombing other civilian targets such as schools are breaches of international humanitarian law and can be considered war crimes or crimes against humanity.

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When Is The Past Only The Past?

Nothing is fixed in our memories. We remember and forget. But what we remember or forget changes over time. At a given moment, perceptions evolve of an event that took place. At the recent Locarno Film Festival, two movies touched on dramatic events in contemporary Swiss history. “Un Juif pour l’exemple” and “Il Nido” are films about the past, the memory of which are ongoing, including the films themselves. The movies are part of the process of memorialization.

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The Super Bowls of Politics

The parties’ parties are over. The Republican and Democratic Party conventions have concluded. Beyond the brouhaha over Melania Trump’s plagiarism of Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech and the leaked emails of the head of the Democratic National Committee, the designation of the candidates for president and vice-president of the U.S. of the two major political parties have become official. Whereas the selection has sometimes taken place during the convention, the presumptive nominees for president and vice president had been done before the conventions, leaving little room for surprise.

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