By Human Rights Watch
Update: December 7, 2013
The Sidi Gaber Minor Offenses Court on December 7 commuted the sentences for the 21 female Brotherhood protestors. The 14 young women received a 1 year suspended sentence, while the 7 girls were ordered Continue →
by Jack Serle
An unprecedented attempt to discover if British officials are complicit in the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan reached the Court of Appeal this week.
The case is brought by Noor Khan, a Pakistani tribesman whose father was among over Continue →
By Juan Cole
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel was in the Gulf on Friday at a conference of defense ministers from the region, including the Gulf Cooperation Council and Iran.
Hagel underlined American commitment to the security of Continue →
The US Republican Party has become the party of the angry white man (AWM) in the United States, which is a large part of the reason it has had trouble winning presidential elections. There are more female than male Continue →
I hope you all like the new design. Of course, the changes are a work in progress but 2014 is an important year for Informed Comment. We will be adding some editorial staff and expanding our coverage to include the Continue →
UPDATE 7:51 a.m. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has denied this challenge, without issuing an opinion.
A group of consumers seeking to block the imminent merger of American Airlines and U.S. Airways moved on to the Supreme Court Saturday evening, seeking an Continue →
At 9:30 a.m. on Monday, we expect additional orders from the Court’s December 6 Conference. (As Lyle reported the Court granted one new case from that Conference on Friday afternoon.) On Tuesday at 10:00 a.m., we expect one or more opinions in argued cases. We will begin live Continue →
On December 2nd, 1984, a Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India, began leaking 27 tons of the deadly gas methyl isocyanate. Half a million people were exposed to the gas and 25,000 have died to date as a result Continue →
Jon Schwartz ( @tinyrevolution ) posted this to Twitter. It is a side by side comparison of a passage from “1984″ to the news report from a former senior FBI official that the FBI can turn on the laptop Continue →
Note: Madelyn Hoffman, executive director of New Jersey Peace Action, and Jeff Klein, a Massachusetts Peace Action board member, have been attending this conference in Haifa. We look forward to reports from them soon. This Haaretz article is behind a Continue →
Blogger and prisoner of conscienceHossein Ronaghi Maleki.
Hossein Ronaghi Maleki was a 24-year-old computer whiz and blogger when he was arrested in Iran in December 2009. After spending most of the last four years behind bars as a prisoner of Continue →
St. Michael’s Square, Kyiv, Ukraine, Nov. 30, 2013 (Photo: Flickr/Mac_Ivan/CC License)
Abraham Foxman, director Anti-Defamation League finds his powers of persuasion are waning. Photo by AP.
The Fracturing of American Jewry
In the Wake of Iran Deal, Leaders and Organizations Have Lost Clout
By Theodore Sasson, Jewish Forward
December 07, 2013, issue of December 13, Continue →
Euronews asks Jeremy Scahill about his new film, “Dirty Wars,” which has been nominated for an Academy Award.
Scahill was also recently interviewed at Democracy Now!
“AMY GOODMAN: Jeremy, this report that just came out from the Continue →
This sign is left over from Apartheid days and is preserved under an awning in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa as a reminder of what was. I photographed it in August, 2012.
For more context, the BBC has a Continue →
By Anne-Ruth Wertheim, Amsterdam
Crystal Night took place on the night between 9 and 10 November 1938. Across the whole of Nazi Germany and parts of Austria, a pogrom was held against Jews. Jewish synagogues, shops, homes and businesses were ransacked Continue →
At 10 a.m. Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hold ninety minutes of oral argument on two joined cases, testing the federal government’s authority to require states to take action to prevent their air pollution from fouling the air in neighboring Continue →
Population of South Africa: 51 million (slightly larger than South Korea)
Annual Gross Domestic Product (nominal): $384 billion (in neighborhood of Taiwan, Austria, UAE)
Rank among world economies: 29
Rank among African economies: 1
Amount GDP has grown since end of white rule in Continue →
The petition of the day is:
Kansas v. Swindler
Issue: (1) Whether, when law enforcement officers provide Miranda v. Arizona warnings prior to conducting a voluntary, noncustodial interview, they must cease all questioning if the interview subject subsequently expresses a Continue →
The only Tibetan - run right group monitoring human rights situation in Tibet launched a campaign against ban on freedom of expression in Tibet. The campaign is suppo
So… the White House has an announcement.
Join the first-ever ONDCP #DrugPolicyReform Conference at the White House. Monday, 9 AM EST: http://www.whitehouse.gov/live
ONDCP Drug Policy Reform Conference. The ultimate oxymoron.
How much you wanna bet there won’t be any actual drug policy reformers Continue →
by Nathan Lewis Lawrence
Protester at a pro-EU rally in Kiev on November 24. (Flickr/Ivan Bandura)
Debates over nonviolence and its connection to neoliberalism are nothing new, but the current wave of civil resistance in Ukraine makes them seem especially pressing. Continue →
Oyez has posted the argument audio in this week’s cases. The Court heard arguments this week in:
BG Group PLC v. Argentina
Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community
Lexmark International v. Static Control Components
Northwest, Inc. v. Ginsberg
United States v. Apel
In association with Bloomberg Continue →
This bulletin highlights significant events in the world of arms control in the coming days, as compiled by staff and friends of the Arms Control Association.
For more news and analysis on these and other weapons-related security issues, consider subscribing to Continue →
There will be no easy fix. Or at least that was the apparent consensus this morning at a Center for Responsive Politics panel discussion focusing on the rise of so-called "dark money" groups -- the politically active nonprofits that spent Continue →
Azerbaijani youth activist Jabbar Savalan was released from prison in December 2011 (Photo Credit: IRFS).
Azerbaijani youth activist Jabbar Savalan could hardly believe his eyes the first time guards at the prison brought him a bag full of letters.
They mostly Continue →