As the regime-anointed candidate in Iran’s presidential election charade last Friday, Ebrahim Raisi’s victory was thoroughly expected. Even so, it was jarring to see a country choose a man accused of crimes against humanity for such a powerful post, with all signs pointing to Raisi acquiring even greater power soon.
Earlier this month, Guatemala’s movement for transitional justice received a major boost when a judge charged six retired military officers for their alleged participation in civil war-era atrocities. But the progress coincided with an almost immediate backlash from Guatemala’s political elites.
The U.N. diplomatic corps is about to say farewell to Christoph Heusgen, Germany’s U.N. ambassador since 2017. During his tenure, which included a Security Council stint, Heusgen has impressed and sometimes infuriated other diplomats with his plain-speaking, principled brand of diplomacy. He will be missed.