May 22, 2008
by Patrick Porter
The ban on cluster bombs currently being considered at the Dublin Diplomatic Conference on Cluster Munitions could impede humanitarian efforts by discouraging cooperation with non-signatories, a US State Department official said in a press briefing Wednesday. US Acting Assistant Secretary for ...[read more]
May 22, 2008
by Patrick Porter
An attempt by the US House of Representatives to override a presidential veto of the new Farm Bill delayed late Wednesday when it was found that a section of the bill had been inadvertently left out of the version originally sent to President George W. Bush for signature. Bill supporters said ...[read more]
May 22, 2008
by Patrick Porter
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Wednesday that the US military cannot dismiss a soldier on the basis of sexual orientation alone, departing from the reasoning used to defeat similar cases in the past. The court's holding may signal a significant new challenge to the military... ...[read more]
May 21, 2008
by Patrick Porter
The future of a landmark discrimination case brought by black farmers against the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is uncertain after President George W. Bush vetoed the new Farm Bill Wednesday. The bill included a provision that would have reopened the class-action suit in which plaintiffs ...[read more]
May 21, 2008
by Patrick Porter
Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Murat Kurnaz, a Turkish citizen born in Germany, testified Tuesday before the US House Foreign Affairs Committee Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight regarding torture he allegedly suffered while in US custody in Afghanistan and ...[read more]
May 20, 2008
by Patrick Porter
The trial of former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz and seven co-defendants resumed Tuesday, three weeks after a brief opening session and subsequent adjournment at the Iraqi High Tribunal in Baghdad. Some members of the defense's legal team were missing, but lawyer Giovanni Di Stefano to... ...[read more]
May 18, 2008
by Patrick Porter
Representatives of over 100 governments will meet Monday at the Dublin Diplomatic Conference on Cluster Munitions to finalize a treaty banning the use, manufacture, and stockpiling of cluster bombs. Opponents of the ordnance, including some military officers, believe them to be inaccurate weapons ...[read more]
May 18, 2008
by Patrick Porter
An Afghan appeals court heard testimony Sunday from journalism student Sayad Parwaz Kambaksh, who was sentenced to death in January for distributing papers questioning gender roles under Islam. Kambaksh denied the accusations in front of a three-judge panel Sunday, saying they were made by Balkh ...[read more]
May 17, 2008
by Patrick Porter
US military defense lawyers filed a motion Friday to dismiss charges against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged director of the Sept. 11 attacks, and his four co-conspirators. The motion alleges that the charges were unduly influenced by overreaching on the part of US Air Force Reserv... ...[read more]
May 17, 2008
by Patrick Porter
Pakistani lawyers announced plans Saturday to hold large protests in June unless the new government fulfills a pledge to reinstate Supreme Court judges ousted last year by President Pervez Musharraf. Aitzaz Ahsan, President of the Supreme Court Bar Association, told reporters in Lahore that ...[read more]

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