Law & Order

“Crimes against Peace”: Historic Class Action Law Suit against George W. Bush

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The case for Aggressive War against George W. Bush and his Administration. On March 13, 2013, my client, an Iraqi single mother and refugee now living in Jordan, filed a class action lawsuit against George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz in a federal court in California.  She alleges that these six defendants planned ... Read More »

Chagos Islands dispute: court to rule on UK sovereignty claim

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Success of case could lead to return of hundreds of exiled islanders who were forced to leave archipelago – Jump to comments Britain’s sovereignty over the Chagos Islands and America’s lease for the Diego Garcia military base could be thrown into doubt by an international court hearing due to open in Istanbul on Tuesday. It is considered of such importance ... Read More »

Researchers use Twitter to predict crime


Hidden in the Twittersphere are nuggets of information that could prove useful to crime fighters—even before a crime has been committed. Read more at: Researchers at the University of Virginia demonstrated tweets could predict certain kinds of crimes if the correct analysis is applied. A research paper published in the scientific journal Decision Support Systems last month said the analysis of geo-tagged tweets can ... Read More »

A 12-Year-Old’s Trek of Despair Ends in a Noose at the Border


Noemi Álvarez Quillay’s death in Mexico was ruled a suicide. Credit José Luis Llivisaca Noemi Álvarez Quillay took the first steps of the 6,500-mile journey to New York City from the southern highlands of Ecuador on Tuesday, Feb. 4, after darkness fell. A bashful, studious girl, Noemi walked 10 minutes across dirt roads that cut through corn and potato fields, reaching the ... Read More »

The power of parody in eastern Ukraine


The tired looking young men in t-shirts and combat fatigues manning the barricades in Slovyansk say they are not going anywhere. Yesterday the agreement thrashed out in Geneva between the EU, the US, Russia and Ukraine said that all unauthorised roadblocks and occupied municipal buildings should be cleared. But they’re not obeying those orders in eastern Ukraine. “The government in ... Read More »

India Election Digest: April 18


What you need to know on Friday about India’s elections: Voter turnout rose in most districts in the fifth phase of the elections compared with 2009, the Indian National Congress appears to be missing its youth unit, and voters at the world’s highest polling station remain optimistic that someday a politician will visit them. The fifth and largest phase of ... Read More »

Iranian Mother Stops the Execution of Her Son’s Murderer, Choosing Forgiveness Instead

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Iranian Mother Stops the Execution of Her Son’s Murderer, Choosing Forgiveness Instead. Image credit: AP Imagine you had the ultimate chance for revenge, to inflict the worst pain you’ve ever felt in equal measure on the person who caused it. In Iran, this is part of the legal system: Qisas, the sharia law of retribution, can be applied literally in some cases. One ... Read More »

Four Chinese rights lawyers allege torture by police

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Lawyers were investigating detention centre in Jiansanjiang when they say they were seized and beaten Tang Jitian recalls being taken into a room, his head covered in a black hood, and hearing the sound of a rope being pulled. The handcuffs behind him were jerked upward and soon he was dangling in the air. “I got hoisted with my head ... Read More »