Law and Order

Eric Anthamatten
M.C. Armstrong

Murder at Camp Delta 
by Joseph Hickman
Simon & Schuster (2015), 256 pp


Christina Moreno

The question of whether Palestine has the right to join the International Criminal Court hinges on the definition of statehood.

Corrie Hulse

(Photo: AP / Ron Edmonds)

I was clear throughout this campaign, and have been clear throughout this transition, that under my administration the United States does not torture. We will abide by the Geneva Conventions. That we will uphold our highest values and is important for us to do that not only because that’s who we are, but ultimately will make us safer.   - Barack Obama, January 9, 2009


Marie Mainil

The majority of the prisoners remaining at Guantanamo Bay are from Yemen, a country with a rich history in alternative forms of justice-making. Restorative justice, a process similar to the reconciliation mechanisms used in Northern Ireland and South Africa, is appealing to many of Guantanamo's detainees. Could it be the key to closing the notorious prison? 

Chris Wilson

The decision to use force, in political contexts, deserves to be held to the highest evidentiary standards. While it is certain that a chemical attack against Syrian civilians occurred on August 21, the authors of the attack have not been definitively (and independently) identified. That is a minor irrelevance, however, to the U.S.

Corrie Hulse

It was barely over a month ago that newly appointed U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power gave her first public address as Ambassador. She chose to do so at the Invisible Children Fourth Estate Leadership Summit, speaking to young activists.

Power gave an impassioned address to the young crowd, calling on their new breed of activism.

“...we need your positive moral vision more than ever.

David Frakt

Author’s Note: I prepared these remarks for the “Going on the Record: Resistance and Writing” panel discussion at the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, but the format of the panel was changed, so I didn’t end up delivering them. The Mantle has kindly offered to publish my remarks as an essay. 

David Frakt

After presenting evidence that Mohammed Jawad had been abused by the U.S. while detained for six years at Guantanamo Bay, David Frakt argued that the abuse should result in dismissal of all charges against the young man. In support of this motion, Jawad was the first detainee to describe his torture at Guantanamo under oath in a military commission. In 2009, Jawad was repatriated to Afghanistan. Here Frakt explains how and why justice was served.

Corrie Hulse

This summer, the International Criminal Court makes its way to prime time television. The new show Crossing Lines comes from the writer and executive producer of both Criminal Minds and Third Watch. An international police drama, Crossing Lines focuses on a global team of police working with the ICC to track down the world’s worst criminals.