Late Wednesday afternoon Washington time, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that ended its appalling policy of childhood incarceration, in the wake of a growing national and international uproar over the spinoff from his administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy that captured would-be immigrants from Central America.
OP-ED: South Africa and the ICC: Dismantling the international criminal justice system to protect one individual?
The introduction of the International Crimes Bill before the portfolio committee on justice and correctional services, two weeks ago, signals steadfast resolve to eventually withdraw from the Rome Statute. Is South Africa dismantling its own international criminal justice framework for one man who they will, despite withdrawal, still be legally obligated to arrest and surrender for as long as he remains wanted by the International Criminal Court?
A US federal court decision has allowed the merger of AT & T and Time Warner, in an unprecedented bringing together of electronic pipelines and a vast cascade of content. This merger will undoubtedly be beneficial and profitable to the new company, but it may not be quite so nice for consumers, or the world.
As the richest economies in the world, G7 countries can bring about far-reaching systemic changes envisaged in the global agenda for sustainable development. The impact of G7 countries goes well beyond their borders. We have told leaders that they must use this unique footprint for the benefit of women and girls.
On 12 June, US President Donald Trump and North Korean President Kim Jong Un – after a year and a half of huffing and puffing and waving their red buttons at each other – finally actually really met in a luxury hotel in Singapore and achieved a photo opportunity, a handshake and a look at Trump’s presidential limo, “The Beast”. At least initially, the meeting achieved the possibility of future meetings and the possibility of a tangible outcome. Some day.
Now that US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have finally met, the real work of denuclearising the Korean peninsula begins. Or not. There are still questions aplenty. Only time will tell whether the Singapore Summit sealed the fate of North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme or was another false dawn. Writing in Foreign Policy in May 2018, Terence McNamee revisited South Africa’s transition from nuclear-armed pariah to respected member of the world’s non-nuclear club and especially the role of FW de Klerk, suggesting that Kim too could – for different reasons – decide that his bombs are more valuable dismantled than deployed.
A Tale of Two Summits: While the Big Kids play in Canada, will Donald duck out to focus on meeting young Kim?
Canada is poised to host this year’s G7 meeting, but the gathering will take place amid the ongoing wreckage Donald Trump is exacting on the global trading system and economic relationships. And it is all happening as Trump’s attention is finally focused like a wavering laser beam on his upcoming meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un.