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The Milosevic Trial III


Tiphaine Dickson, the eloquent Canadian lawyer and the woman who drafted the Open Letter of July 29 on behalf of more than 90 legal-types protesting the Yugoslavia Tribunal’s then-impending plans—made a reality on September 3 (CC/ P.I.S./890-e)—to impose defense counsel upon Slobodan Milosevic, has been physically present at The Hague since the resumption of the trial on August 31, issuing public statements, and making herself available to the news media gathered there.

Yesterday, for the first time ever in recorded history (at least as best I can tell), the New York Times finally mentioned that Dickson exists, and lingered on her just long enough to report her activities at the trial as follows (Marlise Simons, “Milosevic Loses Director Role In His Own Courtroom Drama,” Sept. 8):

Tiphaine Dickson, a Canadian lawyer attending the hearings, was one of 95 lawyers who signed a recent letter arguing that Mr. Milosevic had an absolute right to defend himself under international law. ”What is going on is unseemly,” she said.

Boy. It sure is good to see that alternative—and in Dickson’s case, dead-on—points of view are flooding the mainstream daily news accounts coming out of “Europe’s biggest war crimes trial since Nuremberg,” and keeping the populations back in the states that sponsor this august body so well informed about it.

Slobodan Milosevic: Speeches and Interviews (Homepage)

Imposition of Counsel on Slobodan Milosevic Threatens the Future of International Law and the Life of the Defendant (a.k.a., Open Letter), International Committee to Defend Slobodan Milosevic, July 29, 2004

The Hague ICTY Tribunal: Star Chamber it Is!” Tiphaine Dickson, September 6

Marlise Simons on the Yugoslavia Tribunal: A Study in Total Propaganda Service,” Edward S. Herman and David Peterson, ZNet, 2004

The Milosevic Trial I, ZNet Blogs, August 31

The Milosevic Trial II, ZNet Blogs, September 7

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