Philip Alston

The climate crisis threatens human rights and could push another 120 million people into poverty by 2030, a U.N. report says.
For one, it's a surefire way to perpetuate the problem.
The poverty expert delivered a blistering report on inequality and the social safety net in the U.S.
The establishment of the SCC is unprecedented in recent years in that the world will now have a hybrid tribunal working in a country where the ICC has already opened investigations.
Is ISIS medieval? However much ISIS is committed to returning the world to the seventh century, their atrocities have a more complicated genealogy that stretches from the beheadings of the Middle Ages through the tortures of 18th-century France all the way up to the present day.
Fazillah, age 25, lives in Maidan Shar, the central city of Afghanistan's Wardak province. She married about six years ago, and gave birth to a son, Aymal, who just turned five. His father was killed by an American bomber plane, remote-controlled by computer.
Humanitarians have for decades picked up the pieces of what's been broken in war. What if the warring parties themselves started taking some responsibility?
The question most consequential for civilians is who drones can kill. While civilian casualty figures attract media, little attention is paid to who counts as a "civilian" or non-combatant.
State Department Legal Adviser Harold Koh has promised to produce the Obama administration's legal justification for its increased use of drone strikes. Let's hope that moment comes soon.
But in the "cash changing hands for nefarious purposes" category, McAuliffe isn't this week's most brazen disappointment