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Thursday 24 Dec 2009

Dan Stein [President, Federation for American Immigration Reform]: "Reading through H.R. 4321, Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity (CIR ASAP), what is immediately evident is that the bill will deliver neither reform, nor security, nor prosperity for Americans.The legislation introduced December 15 by Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) would [read more]

Wednesday 23 Dec 2009

Elizabeth Samson [Visiting Fellow, Hudson Institute]: "On January 22, 2009, President Obama issued an executive order to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay within a year and on December 15 he announced his plan to transfer Guantanamo detainees to the Thompson Correctional Center in Illinois. The President is trying to [read more]

Tuesday 22 Dec 2009

Gino Raymond [Professor of Modern French Studies, University of Bristol, UK]: "For most commentators in France, the decision by French state prosecutors that former president Jacques Chirac had no case to answer regarding his alleged financial improprieties during his time as mayor of Paris, left only the theoretical possibility that [read more]

Thursday 17 Dec 2009

Tom Parker [Policy Director, (Counter) Terrorism and Human Rights, Amnesty International USA]: "The Obama administration's announcement that it intends to move "War on Terror" detainees not cleared for release to the Thomson Correctional Facility changes very little beyond enabling President Obama to honor the letter, if not the spirit, of [read more]

Wednesday 16 Dec 2009

Kerim Yildiz [Chief Executive, Kurdish Human Rights Project]: "Turkey's Constitutional Court ruling to close the Demokratik Toplum Partisi (Democratic Society Party, DTP) - the first pro-Kurdish party in the Turkish parliament in 14 years — comes at a crucial time in Turkey's history. The AKP government's initiative aimed at resolving [read more]

Monday 14 Dec 2009

Lavinia Stan [Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, St. Francis Xavier University]: "On 14 December, the Central Electoral Bureau reinstated 2,000 of the 138,000 invalid votes registered in the second round of the presidential elections that took place a week before. The recounting was ordered by the Romanian Constitutional Court [read more]

Friday 11 Dec 2009

Gregory D. Lee [Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Criminal Justice Consultant]: "The transfer of Kuwaiti National Fouad Al Rabiah to his home country is a further attempt by the Obama administration to reduce the number of detainees held at Guantanamo Bay as much as possible before his self-imposed one-year deadline arrives [read more]

Wednesday 9 Dec 2009

Nikolas Kondylis [Attorney at Law, N. Kondylis & Partners' Law Office, Athens]: "During the last two days several protests took place in Athens in the anniversary of the death of a young boy who was killed last year. Within the demonstrations several protestors and anarchists turned parts of the protests [read more]

Monday 7 Dec 2009

Joan Bertin [Executive Director, National Coalition Against Censorship]: "Cases involving messages on license plates raise a potpourri of questions with important First Amendment implications. The easiest cases are those in which the government itself creates a plate with a religious message. For example, South Carolina's legislative decision to issue "I [read more]

Sunday 6 Dec 2009

Dawn Koepke [Legislative Advocate, Crime Victims United of California]: "After months of debate, the legislature approved a watered-down version of the Corrections budget package aimed at addressing the $1.2 billion unallocated cut to the Department of Corrections provided in the July budget package. The highly controversial provisions that included instituting [read more]

Friday 4 Dec 2009

Roy Speckhardt [Executive Director, American Humanist Association]: "The American Humanist Association (AHA), along with more than 100 other organizations, has joined in a statement opposing the "defamation of religion" resolution before the United Nations that is being promoted by the 56-member Organization of the Islamic Conference.While AHA is greatly concerned [read more]

Thursday 3 Dec 2009

Susannah Sirkin [Deputy Director, Physicians for Human Rights]: "As a founding member of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) was alarmed and deeply disappointed by a Department of State spokesperson's pronouncement on November 24 that President Obama does not intend to sign the landmark 1997 [read more]

Tuesday 1 Dec 2009

Richard Dieter [Executive Director, Death Penalty Information Center]: "In a rapid sequence of events, the state of Ohio has abandoned its longstanding commitment to the standard method of lethal injection, adopted a new protocol (and even more novel "backup plan") that no other state employs, and has asserted that it [read more]

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