Five years have passed since the Syrian war began. Five years and several other numbers so high they sound almost abstract: 250,000 dead, 1 million wounded, 11 million displaced. These five years of a protracted conflict are the closest thing to a global war the 21st century has seen. What is Resolution 2554, and what are its chances of leading to a successful peace process?
This week, Wikileaks, the infamous journalistic non-profit specialized in leaking secret information, revealed a new report, “Espionnage Elysée,” a collection of “top secret intelligence reports and technical documents from the US National Security Agency (NSA) concerning targeting and signals intelligence intercepts of the communications of high-level officials from successive French governments over the last ten years”.
The verdict in the Tsarnaev case and the comments it inspired bring to mind a long-standing debate on the philosophical role of punishment. Similar indignant comments had been made when the seemingly luxurious incarceration conditions of Anders Behring Breivik (sentenced to 21 years in prison Norway) were made public, stemming from a misunderstanding of the way Norway (and other countries) thinks of the role of punishment.