January 23, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Senate on Friday amended the country's electoral law to permit the 2016 presidential election to go forth as scheduled, without the requirement of conducting a census. The change comes after four days of violent nationwide protests resulted in dozens of ...[read more]
January 17, 2015
by Zachariah Rivenbark
12/09/2014: UN rights expert urged prosecution of US officials responsible for torture 12/09/2014: Senate report concluded enhanced interrogation techniques 'ineffective' 11/28/2014: UN report criticized US compliance with anti-torture treaty 09/07/2014: CIA used 'extreme' torture methods ...[read more]
January 17, 2015
by Sarah Steers
Shortly before the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence declassified the torture report, the UN Committee Against Torture released their own report condemning the US for failure to comply with the international Convention Against Torture treaty. Following the December 9, 2014 release of the ...[read more]
January 17, 2015
by Allison Hall
The US Senate started its investigation of the CIA's post 9/11 detention and interrogation methods over five years ago. The US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence reviewed over 6 million CIA documents and heard substantial testimony over the course of the investigation. The Senate concluded in ...[read more]
January 17, 2015
by Christopher Dellana
After September 11, 2001, the US government authorized a military offensive against Al-Qaeda, the group that claimed responsibility for the terrorist attacks. During this offensive, the US Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) carried out what has been described as a "torture program" to obtain ...[read more]
January 16, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder on Thursday vetoed gun legislation supported by the National Rifle Association (NRA) and approved by both chambers of the Republican-controlled state legislation. Governor Snyder, a Republican endorsed by the NRA in his bid for reelection last fall, felt pressure ...[read more]
January 6, 2015
by Andrew Morgan
This post originally misidentified Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan... ...[read more]
January 6, 2015
by Andrew Morgan
This post originally misidentified Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as Prime MinisterTayyip Erdogan... ...[read more]
January 6, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
Indiana state senator Lonnie Randolph introduced Senate Bill 136 to end the death penalty in the state. The proposed legislation would repeal the state's death penalty statute and reduce the punishments of those awaiting execution to life imprisonment without parole. The bill provides that, "when ...[read more]
December 26, 2014
by Alexandra Farone
A bill (S.171) that has been pre-filed in the South Carolina Senate would make certain state colleges pay their student basketball and football players if the bill becomes law. The bill was proposed December 3 by Senator Marlon Kimpson, who argues that student athletes should be compensated when ...[read more]

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