July 27, 2012
by Jamie Reese
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday reinstated a challenge brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) over the no-fly list maintained by the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA). The appeals court, without deciding on the merits of the case, decided the case ...[read more]
July 24, 2012
by Jamie Reese
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on Monday expressed his concern that Syria could potentially use chemical weapons in its ongoing conflict. Ban expressed his hopes that the international community would keep a close eye on the situation, even though the Syrian government has stated it would not ...[read more]
July 20, 2012
by Jamie Reese
US lawmakers on Tuesday expressed concern over the use of drone strikes. At a hearing in the US House Committee on Homeland Security lawmakers called on Congress and the Department of Homeland Security to address the issue of domestic drones and their potential security and safety implications. ...[read more]
July 17, 2012
by Jamie Reese
The Russian State Duma on Friday approved a bill that enforces tougher restrictions on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that receive international funding as well as re-criminalizes the offenses of libel and slander. The bill requires any NGOs that receive any type of foreign funding and ...[read more]
July 17, 2012
by Jamie Reese
The Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles on Monday rejected a clemency bid by death row inmate Warren Hill who was convicted of two counts of murder but argues he should not be executed because he is mentally disabled. The board gave no insight into its decision but acknowledged that Hill ...[read more]
July 13, 2012
by Jamie Reese
President of the European Commission (EC) Jose Manuel Barroso on Thursday urged Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta to respect the full independence of the judiciary by restoring the powers of the Constitutional Court of Romania. Since the court last week approved the vote to suspend President ...[read more]
July 10, 2012
by Jamie Reese
The Constitutional Court of Romania on Monday approved the Parliamentary vote to suspend President Traian Basescu and replace him with a member of the centre-left coalition. Last Friday the Romanian Parliament voted 356-114 for impeachment on the grounds that Basescu overstepped his authority by ...[read more]
July 6, 2012
by Jamie Reese
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) passed Resolution 2056 on Thursday to address the continued hostilities in the country of Mali and demand the violence come to an end. The unanimously adopted resolution addresses continued humanitarian concerns and discourages rebel groups from ...[read more]
July 5, 2012
by Jamie Reese
United States District Court for the District of Connecticut on Wednesday denied a motion to stay in Pedersen v. Office of Personnel Management, another challenge to Section 3 of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Specifically the lawsuit challenges the legality of the prohibition imposed ...[read more]
July 3, 2012
by Jamie Reese
The UN Working Group on discrimination against women in law and practice released a report Monday calling for a focus on advancing women's rights during political transitions. The group's priorities are discrimination against women in political and public life and discrimination in the economic ...[read more]

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