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An Australian think tank released a report on the declining birth rates among the Uyghur population in China’s western Xinjiang province, concluding that China’s birth-control policies imposed on the Uyghurs may constitute genocide. The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) analyzed the publicly-available data on birthrates in China from 2011 to 2019, and found that birth rates [...]

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A UN Nations working group called upon businesses in Myanmar Wednesday to cease support for the military junta that has taken control of the country. The Working Group on Business and Human Rights released a statement praising those businesses that have cut ties to the military and have stood firm in upholding the rule of [...]

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The US Department of Labor (DOL) announced Wednesday that it would be ending a Trump-era rule that would allow businesses to classify certain workers as independent contractors rather than employees. The end of the independent contractor rule is expected to permit so-called “gig workers” to be entitled to minimum wage and overtime compensation benefits under [...]

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The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the final case of its term on Tuesday in Terry v. United States, about reductions of prison sentences for certain crack cocaine offenses. In 2008 Tarahrick Terry was arrested and charged under 21 USC § 841(a)(1) for carrying just shy of 4 grams of crack cocaine, and [...]

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Greenpeace and other activist groups filed a complaint Thursday with the Paris prosecutor’s office against the CEO of energy giant Total, alleging illegal taking of interests. Total CEO Patrick Pouyanné was appointed to the board of the prestigious science and technology university École Polytechnique in 2018. Greenpeace France, the anti-corruption organization Anticor and La Sphinx, [...]

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A bipartisan group of US senators on Tuesday urged the Biden administration to impose more sanctions on the military regime that has taken over Myanmar. The letter was signed by senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Susan Collins (R-ME), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Ed Markey (D-MA), and addressed to Treasury Secretary [...]

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The US Supreme Court reversed an appeals court ruling Monday, allowing an inmate’s federal post-conviction challenge to his state conviction after he had completed his state sentence. The three-page unsigned per curiam opinion came in the case of Alaska v. Wright. Sean Wright had been previously convicted of sexual abuse of a minor in a [...]

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard oral arguments in two cases involving one of its own precedents regarding felony firearms possession. The issues in both cases involves the federal law that prohibits felons from possessing firearms, 18 USC §922(g). Two years ago in Rehaif v. United States the Court held that in order to convict [...]

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The Constitutional Court of Moldova handed the country’s President Maia Sandu a victory on Thursday when it ruled she can dissolve the country’s parliament. President Sandu has been at odds with the parliament since winning a landslide election against the previous president, pro-Russia incumbent Igor Dodon. The parliament is dominated by Dodon’s Socialist Party and [...]

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