<![CDATA[Hedgehogs.net: '' related content]]> http://www.hedgehogs.net/tag/foreign+minister?view=rss http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11401014/lavrov-certain-group-of-countries-keeps-imposing-its-recipes-on-everyone-else Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:29:07 +0100 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11401014/lavrov-certain-group-of-countries-keeps-imposing-its-recipes-on-everyone-else <![CDATA[Lavrov: Certain Group of Countries Keeps âImposing Its Recipes on Everyone Elseâ]]>






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http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11401008/kerry-in-berlin-to-honor-fall-of-berlin-wall-talk-with-chancellor-foreign-minister Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:29:00 +0100 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11401008/kerry-in-berlin-to-honor-fall-of-berlin-wall-talk-with-chancellor-foreign-minister <![CDATA[Kerry in Berlin to Honor Fall of Berlin Wall, Talk With Chancellor, Foreign Minister]]>






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http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11400409/syria-kurds-weather-is-assault-and-await-reinforcements Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:48:56 +0100 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11400409/syria-kurds-weather-is-assault-and-await-reinforcements <![CDATA[Syria Kurds weather IS assault and await reinforcements]]> Smoke and flames rise following an explosion in the Syrian town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab, as seen from the southeastern Turkish village of Mursitpinar in the Sanliurfa province on October 20, 2014

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http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11400329/russia-to-help-fight-islamists-in-the-middle-east Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:18:29 +0100 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11400329/russia-to-help-fight-islamists-in-the-middle-east <![CDATA[Russia to help fight Islamists in the Middle East]]> PARIS —The United States and Russia will share intelligence on Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq and work together to combat the threat of terrorism that hangs over the region, U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Tuesday after meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

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http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11399272/mexico-and-impunity-when-crime-is-unchecked Fri, 17 Oct 2014 08:29:27 +0100 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11399272/mexico-and-impunity-when-crime-is-unchecked <![CDATA[Mexico and impunity: When crime is unchecked]]>
EXACTLY 200 years ago, in the badlands of southwestern Mexico, rebels fighting Spanish rule drafted the country’s first political charter. The so-called Constitution of Apatzingán of October 22nd 1814 attempted to set out a framework for the rule of law, but it was never adopted; its intellectual author, José María Morelos, was shot by a firing squad a year afterwards.Many constitutions later, the area round Apatzingán shows how far Mexico still has to go before becoming a law-abiding country. Known as Tierra Caliente (hot land) it has been the scene of a mass abduction and a massacre, both allegedly carried out by state security forces against unarmed civilians. The two atrocities seem serious enough to change the course of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s two-year-old government. Mr Peña has prioritised economic reform, and played down law and order, as the way to modernise Mexico, without admitting that both are equally important. “He had the pieces but he never had the picture of the whole puzzle, and now he’s paying the price,” says Jorge Castañeda, a former foreign minister.Mexico has been convulsed by the abduction of 43 teacher-trainees on September 26th in...

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http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11397433/frances-inhumane-obsession-with-surrogacy Wed, 15 Oct 2014 07:48:55 +0100 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11397433/frances-inhumane-obsession-with-surrogacy <![CDATA[France's Inhumane Obsession With Surrogacy]]>
Children of surrogacy who are born in the U.S. attain U.S. citizenship but not that of their intended French parents. France insists that children conceived in this way should not be recognized as French because of how they came into life. However, in June 2014, a brave decision by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ordered France to reverse course and recognize children born of surrogacy despite the French ban.

"Liberté, égalité, faternité" seem to be values in short supply for Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who proposes to class children by their parents' conception decisions. A patent violation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and many other international commitments, France's official policy turns it into a national orphanage, putting these children in an almost stateless limbo without the citizenship of their parents who raise them, and without any legal status in their French home. In light of this deliberate cruelty, one might ask whether France's human-rights commitments are in fact empty promises.

In the wake of the ECHR ruling, France must balance banning surrogacy while recognizing the children born of it. Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius arrogantly proposes to demand that other countries ban surrogacy for intentional parents who happen to be French. For the U.S. this is particularly inconceivable given that the federal government has no power over such state-based rules. As if Fabius could persuade President Obama to accommodate France's bizarre stance on this "slavery" and force 45 U.S. states to bend to France's will. France's leaders must stop playing political games with children's lives and reverse their vindictive policy.

Alexandre Urwicz is President of ADFH, the leading French LGBT parents' group. Reach him by email at alexandre@adfh.net.

Darren Rosenblum is a visiting professor at the Washington College of Law at American University. Reach him by email at drosenblum@wcl.american.edu.
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http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11396462/while-kim-jong-un-is-absent-north-korean-diplomats-are-working-overtime Mon, 13 Oct 2014 13:49:13 +0100 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11396462/while-kim-jong-un-is-absent-north-korean-diplomats-are-working-overtime <![CDATA[While Kim Jong Un is absent, North Korean diplomats are working overtime]]> TOKYO — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may have disappeared from the public eye, but his diplomatic representatives sure haven’t.

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http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11395384/while-kim-jong-un-is-absent-north-korean-diplomats-are-working-overtime Sun, 12 Oct 2014 04:39:04 +0100 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11395384/while-kim-jong-un-is-absent-north-korean-diplomats-are-working-overtime <![CDATA[While Kim Jong Un is absent, North Korean diplomats are working overtime]]> TOKYO — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may have disappeared from the public eye, but his diplomatic representatives sure haven’t.

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http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11394942/the-eu-and-china-need-each-other-more-than-ever Sat, 11 Oct 2014 23:49:37 +0100 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11394942/the-eu-and-china-need-each-other-more-than-ever <![CDATA["The EU and China Need Each Other More Than Ever"]]> 11394942 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11389452/hong-kongs-leader-just-called-their-bluff Thu, 02 Oct 2014 18:46:24 +0100 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11389452/hong-kongs-leader-just-called-their-bluff <![CDATA[Hong Kong's Leader Just Called Their Bluff]]> hong kong

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