- Welcome, Venezuela and Hugo Chávez, to a seat on the UN Human Rights Council. The US also won a seat. Worth noting, Hugo’s seat wasn’t contested but the seat the US won was contested. Don’t worry, though, Council may just be there for “rhetorical inaction.” Or, maybe it does more than that.
- And, new members on the Russian domestic human rights council, too. Seems like more of before.
- In case you are still interested in US election prediction, check out the awesome work of Emory political scientist Drew Linzer. Drew, is it too soon to predict 2016?
- Nifty new email trick (wish I had known that as a sneaky 16 year old!) used by Petraeus & Broadwell…and terrorists. Norm diffusion?
- Exciting new forthcoming APSR work for all of you bargaining-model-of war-types available free(!) via First View on Cambridge Journals at APSR. Branislav Slantchev discusses how “The necessity of repaying the debt in peace leads to excessive demands, and causes bargaining breakdown” (2).…Wonder if same logic applies to debt servicing with roommates/spouses….
- UN peacekeepers out of East Timor by New Year’s Eve? UN will still be involved in country, however. Can the country cope? Probably. Maybe not.
- And, a pretty cool new (again, ahead of print!) piece on the legal rights of sexual minorities across countries. Malawi may be changing. Some very recent reflections on the issue in Australia.