Denmark "threat to Russia" says Russian ambassador

Mikhail Vanin, the Russian ambassador to Denmark, has warned the Danish government that, should Denmark join NATO’s collective missile defense shield, Danish ships could potentially become targets for Russian nuclear missile strikes. The Russian ambassador justified his statement, which outraged the Danish government, in saying that “[A NATO-aligned] Denmark would be part of the threat against Russia”. Mr. Vanin further assured the Danes that a missile defense program would not provide protection from potential Russian retaliation, noting that “Russia has missiles that certainly can penetrate the future global missile defense system.” The controversy comes amidst a general deterioration of r

Galvanization: Jordan and Egypt

Brendan Failla Immediately following the horrid immolation of Jordanian pilot, Lt. Moaz Kasasbeh, the Jordanian government swiftly responded. Jordan promptly executed two al-Qaeda prisoners: Sajida al-Rishawi and Ziad al-Karbouli. Passionate and threatening rhetoric hit the media and headlines. King Abdullah, Jordanian government, and military officials promised harsh responses, revenge, and relentless action against ISIS. Jordan military members purportedly wrote messages such as “for you, enemy of Islam” on their bombs before embarking on airstrike missions. General Mansour-al-Jbour, Jordan’s Air Force chief, even exclaimed, “We are determined to wipe them from the face of the Earth.” Howe

Tolerating the Intolerable: The Global Failure to End Torture

Megan Cansfield Although the greater human rights cause has made significant gains since its codification in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1949, the same cannot be said for the right to freedom from torture. Juan Mendez, the current United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, emphasized this harsh reality in his January 23rd lecture at the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus, titled “International Law and the Abolition of Torture”. A former victim of torture himself under the Argentinian military dictatorship in the late 1970s, Mendez brought equal measures of firsthand experience and professional expertise to the subject matter as he specifically addressed the consequ

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