Sunday, January 25, 2009

On January 25

On this day in ...
... 1919 (90 years ago today), meeting in plenary session, delegates of the Paris Peace Conference gave quick, unanimous approval of plan to set up a League of Nations. Coming in the wake of the devastation of World War II, the concept of an international organization designed to channel states' warlike impulses into processes of pacific dispute settlement was much praised: among those writing favorable commentaries that month were, in the New York Times, Charles Warren (op-ed here), who'd served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney General and would go on to become a Harvard law professor noted for his works of legal history, and, in The Atlantic, noted British author H.G. Wells (essay here). (credit for photo of hall in which conference took place)
... 2006, in what were " the first Palestinian legislative elections in a decade," the Islamist party Hamas "won a large share of votes," thus "depriving the more secular Fatah party of its longstanding monopoly on power," the New York Times reported. This last several weeks Hamas and Israel have been in armed struggle in Gaza -- a struggle on which IntLawGrrls have posted here, here, and here. (map credit)

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