From the monthly archives: January 2024

By: Bridget Conley and B. Arneson

In 2018, when Massachusetts passed comprehensive criminal justice reform, its state system had 16 prisons, including several that operated with both medium and minimum facilities. Today, three of these prisons have closed or will close: South Middlesex Correctional Center (closed in 2021), MCI-Cedar Junction (formerly MCI-Walpole, closed in 2023), and […]

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In 1984 Ethiopia was stricken by a terrible famine that killed as many as a million people. In 2024 Ethiopia may be stricken by a terrible famine that could kill as many as a million people.

This blog post draws some parallels between the two, ending with the transcript of part of hearing on the […]

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Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has committed yet another diplomatic blunder. This time it was with Somalia over a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for partnership and cooperation signed with Somaliland on January 1, 2024. The episode cements Ethiopia’s diplomatic fall from grace and shift from an institutional foreign policy approach to a transactional and personalized […]

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Demilitarize the Red Sea

On January 19, 2024 By

The Middle East is heading for a wider war. There’s a dangerous game of chicken with multiple actors. Each side refuses to listen to the moral story of the other.

The epicenter is Israel’s war against the Palestinians in Gaza, which is reverberating across the region. The most immediate escalation is in the southern Red […]

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For the first time in history, starvation is at the center of international law. And judges at the International Court of Justice face a challenge for which they are perhaps under-prepared.

The core question is this: given that the judges have been presented with evidence that Israel has brought the population of Gaza

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For 114 years, the World Peace Foundation has championed a world court. Our position has not changed. On the eve of the hearing of the Application by South Africa against Israel on the question of genocide at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, and the request for provisional measures, the Foundation remains […]

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