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Conflict Orphans in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Posted by: simona on: February 3, 2013

Simona Ross, Cornerstone “When there is not love for a child to remember, Then there is nothing for the child to remember except the hate.” — Roger Dean Kiser Violent conflicts have devastating consequences for the entire population.  A change in the characteristics of conflict has made civilians more susceptible to the devastation from conflict. […]


Posted by: simona on: January 23, 2013

Simona Ross, Cornerstone "There is a sufficiency in the world for man's need but not for man's greed." ~Mohandas K. Gandhi Sustainability can be defined as a long-term, cyclic process of a value adding system independent of additional external input, aiming to preserve and conserve our ecosystem, while pursuing intra- and intergenerational parity. The ecosystem […]


Posted by: simona on: January 12, 2013

Simona Ross, Cornerstone Brazil’s economy highlights the interconnectedness of the world we live in today.  In the late 1990s, globalization was already so far advanced that events on the other side of the world have wide-ranging implications for a single country.  In the case of Brazil, it was the Asian financial crisis of 1998 that […]

Obama’s secret wars

Posted by: simona on: July 3, 2012

Simona Maria Ross, Cornerstone This article is about Obama’s foreign policy strategies and his struggle to keep up in this fast moving and diffuse world. A world where criticism seems to be louder than support, but idealism never vanishes. The Obama Doctrine announces that the administration is willing to use unilateral force in case of […]

Simona Maria Ross, Cornerstone In 2009 at the G8 Summit in L’Aquila, leaders from all around the world agreed to “act with the scale and urgency needed to achieve sustainable global food security.”1 As a result of continuing underinvestment in agriculture, the devastating impact of the financial crisis and unevenly favoring of world trade regulations, […]

(Photograph by the author) Leonie Timmers, Cornerstone The judgment has been praised by inter alia the European Union and several NGO-s for representing “a milestone for international criminal justice”, since it “demonstrates that perpetrators cannot act with impunity”.1 Certainly, the importance of this judgment and the work of the ICC should not be underestimated; however, […]

What does the Lubanga conviction mean to the world?!

Posted by: simona on: March 20, 2012

Simona Maria Ross, Cornerstone On March 4, the fight for children's rights celebrated a small victory. The conviction of Thomas Lubanga at the International Criminal Court (ICC), has not only been the first successful trial at the ICC, it is also the first time that someone accused of recruiting child soldiers has been convicted.

Simona Maria Ross, Cornerstone Senator Mark Warner belongs to the Democratic Party and acts as the current Senator of Virginia. However, people also like to speak of him as a leader of the ‘Gang of Six’. The ‘Gang of Six’ is a bipartisan group, consisting of three democrats and three republicans. Together they assembled to […]

Somalia’s future and what we have to know about its past

Posted by: simona on: February 27, 2012

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(Photograph by the author) Simona Maria Ross, Cornerstone As leaders from around the world met at the London Conference on Somalia, it becomes imperative to understand the root causes of the conflict. Over 40 governments and multilateral organizations came together with the aim of delivering a new international approach to Somalia. The main issues have […]

Simeon Stylites (must fall off his column)

Posted by: msomos on: February 23, 2012

(Photograph by the author) Mark Somos, Cornerstone The deaths in Syria, and my friends there, make me want to go. But if you're committed to one place, why not to others? And if to all, what can you do? "Thus conscience does make cowards of us all," and you become a coward or much worse: […]