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Survey Says: If You Want Solitary Confinement Reform, Talk Up Treaty Obligations

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by Peter Spiro Here is a timely piece from Adam Chilton on how treaty obligations may be experienced by the American public. He devised an experiment (using Amazon’s mTurk) to test the effect of a putative treaty violation on public support for reform of solitary confinement practices. The piece comes to us just as congressional […]

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Olympic Free Agency (An Idea Whose Time Has Not Come, Apparently)

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by Peter Spiro I have a piece up on Slate arguing that the Olympics should no longer require competitors to have the nationality of the country for which they compete. A journalist friend of mine once told me, “Don’t ever read the comments. Just don’t.” Well, I’ve made that mistake today. Maybe 10 to 1 against. A lot […]

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Obama’s NSA Reform: Foreigners Get Protections, Too

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by Peter Spiro From the third paragraph of President Obama’s implementation of surveillance reforms (Presidential Policy Directive/PPD-28). [O]ur signals intelligence activities must take into account that all persons should be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of their nationality or wherever they might reside, and that all persons have legitimate privacy interests in the handling […]

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Somalia to Ratify Children’s Rights Convention (You Know What That Means)

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by Peter Spiro Not otherwise newsworthy. . . except that it makes the US the only country in the world that will not have ratified it (full list of accessions here). It’s a glaring manifestation of American exceptionalism, and not in a good way. With the Disabilities Convention making another go of it in the Senate, […]

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