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Irwin Cotler

Irwin Cotler

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Irwin Cotler, a former minister of justice, attorney general, and member of Parliament of Canada, is Canada’s Special Envoy on Preserving Holocaust Remembrance and Combatting Antisemitism. He served as Special Adviser to the Foreign Minister on the creation of the International Criminal Court and as Chair of the International Parliamentary Forum for the ICC. 

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  1. The International Criminal Court at 20
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    The International Criminal Court at 20

    Sep 2, 2022 Irwin Cotler, et al. consider the institution's track record and how it could be improved after recent setbacks.

  2. Curbing the Hate Pandemic
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    Curbing the Hate Pandemic

    Aug 10, 2021 Irwin Cotler, et al. call for targeted individual sanctions to help combat growing incitement to violence and discrimination.

  3. China’s Uyghur Genocide Is Undeniable
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    China’s Uyghur Genocide Is Undeniable

    Jun 3, 2021 Irwin Cotler & Yonah Diamond argue that the government’s actions in Xinjiang clearly breach the 1948 United Nations Genocide Convention.

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    The Zero-COVID Revolution?

    After tens of thousands of Chinese took to the streets in cities throughout the country, China’s government has begun to loosen pandemic restrictions. But, while an exit from the controversial zero-COVID policy was long overdue, the path ahead is strewn with pitfalls, and hopes for a sustained wave of Chinese popular resistance are likely misplaced.

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    What US Leadership Can Do for Nature

    Russ Feingold shows how America can contribute to conservation despite its failure to ratify the biodiversity convention.
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    The Global Climate-Finance Challenge

    Vera Songwe, et al. show how to mobilize the funding developing countries will need to avert the worst effects of global warming.
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    All Pain and No Gain from Higher Interest Rates

    Joseph E. Stiglitz

    In the name of taming inflation, central banks have deliberately set themselves on a path to cause a recession – or to worsen it if it comes anyway. Worse, today's monetary-policy tightening will leave long-lasting scars, whereas more carefully considered responses would work better and yield long-term benefits.

    explains why the current demand-focused approach to taming inflation is all wrong.
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    Ending the Austerity Pandemic

    Isabel Ortiz & Matthew Cummins warn that governments are returning to the same failed belt-tightening policies of the past.
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    The Hard-Won Benefits of Soft Diplomacy

    Kishore Mahbubani praises Indonesia's more consultative and culturally attuned approach to international affairs.
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    China After Zero-COVID

    Qian Liu thinks the protests made it easier for officials to exit a policy that a faltering economy had made untenable.
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    China’s Zero-COVID Muddle

    Minxin Pei

    Chinese leaders’ refusal to adopt a clear stance on zero-COVID is pure politics: nobody wants to be blamed for whatever surge in infections, hospitalizations, and deaths follows a reopening. But the longer the authorities attempt to avoid responsibility and muddle through, the greater the risk to public health.

    warns that the government’s refusal to devise a comprehensive and systematic exit strategy could create the worst of two worlds.
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    FIFA’s World Cup Follies

    Ian Buruma dives into the thicket of fatuousness, hypocrisy, and greed that the tournament has become.

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