List of Posts to dwkcommentaries—Topical: Law (TREATIES)   

  # Date Title 234 03/31/12 Methods of Enforcing International Human Rights Norms 191 01/11/12 International Law Regarding Freedom of Religion 534 08/04/14 United Nations’ Focus on Freedom of Religion or Belief 229 03/25/12 The U.N. Human Rights Council 229A 03/27/12 Comment: Israel Suspends Relationship with U.N. Human Rights Council 230 03/27/12 U.N. Human Rights … Continue reading List of Posts to dwkcommentaries—Topical: Law (TREATIES)   

Multilateral Human Rights Treaties That Have Not Been Signed and Ratified by the U.S.

The U.S. has a proud international human rights record. A prior post looked at the 19 significant multilateral human rights treaties to which the U.S. is a party. But this record is not perfect. There are nine other such treaties that have been signed by the U.S., but not yet ratified, as discussed in another … Continue reading Multilateral Human Rights Treaties That Have Not Been Signed and Ratified by the U.S.

Multilateral Human Rights Treaties Ratified by the U.S.

The U.S. is a party to at least 19 significant multilateral human rights treaties.[1] Three of them have been reviewed in posts regarding their complex and lengthy U.S. ratification process: the Convention Against Torture, the Genocide Convention and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Here is a list of the other 16 such … Continue reading Multilateral Human Rights Treaties Ratified by the U.S.

The Difficulty of Obtaining U.S. Ratification of Multilateral Treaties

On December 4th the U.S. Senate once again demonstrated the difficulty of obtaining U.S. ratification of multilateral treaties. The Senate that day voted 61 to 38 to give its Advice and Consent to U.S. ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  This, however, fell six votes short of the … Continue reading The Difficulty of Obtaining U.S. Ratification of Multilateral Treaties

Pandemic Journal (# 24): What We Are Learning in the Pandemic

Peggy Noonan, a Wall Street Journal columnist, offers her thoughts on what we are learning in the coronavirus pandemic. Here are her main points along with reactions thereto. Noonan’s Observations[1] She says we have learned a lot. “How intertwined and interconnected our economy is, how provisional, how this thing depended on that. And how whisperingly … Continue reading Pandemic Journal (# 24): What We Are Learning in the Pandemic

List of Posts to dwkcommentaries—Topical: United States (POLITICS)

  As of 5/4/20 # Date Title 2 04/04/11 My Political Philosophy     U.S. Presidency   420 04/24/13 Evaluations of President Obama 467 02/07/14 President Obama Speaks Out for Religious Freedom 467A 02/07/14 Comment: President Obama Criticized for Not Addressing U.S. Religious Freedom 485 03/27/14 President Obama’s Audience with Pope Francis 829 05/11/16 President … Continue reading List of Posts to dwkcommentaries—Topical: United States (POLITICS)

Reactions to Louise Erdrich’s Novel, “The Night Watchman”

After a rave review of Louise Erdrich’s new novel “The Night Watchman,” from Luis Alberto Urrea,[1] I was interested in learning more about federal efforts in the 1950s to terminate the legal status of Indians and, therefore, bought and started reading the book.[2] Immediately, however, I had difficulty. The Table of Contents has a list … Continue reading Reactions to Louise Erdrich’s Novel, “The Night Watchman”