— Matteo Gorgoni writes on the Democracy Without Borders website that the October encyclical Fratelli Tutti from Roman Catholic Pope Francis (Jorge Bergoglio) calls for “a new global political order…based on the principles of subsidiarity, rule of law and a renewed trust in international cooperation.” In the Pope’s “envisioned model of global governance, every country is respected in its core sovereignty and no powers can be concentrated into the hand of a few member-states…. An alternative political economic model will therefore be needed and combined to the new institutionalized world order, a model which will not be rooted on the dominant paradigm of an unfettered market freedom and irresponsible capitalism as we practice it today. Although it is not mentioned in pope Francis’ encyclical, the notion of global democracy is nonetheless conceptually implied.”
— The nineteenth session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court begins Monday in The Hague, continuing later this week and next in New York. Information on the agenda is available online.
— An online discussion of The World Is My Country, Arthur Kanegis’s film about World Service Authority founder Garry Davis, will be hosted by Citizens for Global Solutions Minnesota at 0100 UTC on Friday, December 18 (7:00 p.m. CT Thursday evening). You can get access to the film here.