Law & Order

After Drugs and Guns, Art Theft Is the Biggest Criminal Enterprise in the World

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June 2014, and an unusual three-day conference is taking place in the basement room of New York University’s School of Law. The 200 or so attendees that have hurried their way across sunny Washington Square include FBI agents, lawyers, auction house heads, art dealers and collectors who buy and sell multi-million–dollar items. Waiting, sharp-suited, is -Brooklyn-born conference organiser Chris Marinello, ... Read More »

The Netherlands Says the Murder of Dutch Citizens on MH17 Was a War Crime

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The news: Dutch prosecutors are launching a new investigation into the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 — and are now calling the murder of all on board a war crime. The majority of the victims in the July 17 crash — 193 out of 298 total passengers — were Dutch citizens. To underline just how sobering that number is, Vox outlined that MH17 claimed a bigger share of the ... Read More »

Not All Jews Support Israel

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To both Jews and non-Jews the idea of an anti-Zionist Jew can sound like a contradiction in terms—an abuse of Rabbi Hillel’s most famous ethical aphorism, “If I am not for myself, who will be for me.” But for Sam Weinstein, and for around 30 others, me included, tucked together in a small Jewish bloc at Saturday’s Gaza demo in ... Read More »

MH17 disaster: bringing those responsible to justice

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Deliberately or recklessly attacking a passenger jet is a war crime, whether it was committed by separatists, Russian forces, or Ukrainian forces. Here, Ben Saul explains how Australia can seek justice. How can those who destroyed a Malaysian Airlines flight over Ukraine be brought to justice? Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has rightly called for an international investigation. Reports suggest an ... Read More »

Dink’s murder ‘not probed efficiently’: Turkey’s top court

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Turkey’s Constitutional Court has ruled that the murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink was not efficiently probed and the rights of his family were therefore violated. The unanimous verdict came after an individual application to the Court from Hrant Dink’s family, Anadolu Agency reported. The family had applied to the court on the grounds that they had not been adequately informed about the ... Read More »

Judge rules California death penalty is unconstitutional

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San Francisco: A federal judge in Los Angeles has ruled that California’s death penalty violates the United States Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. US District Judge Cormac Carney ruled on a petition by death row inmate Ernest Dewayne Jones, who was sentenced to die nearly two decades ago. The judge said the state’s death penalty has created long delays ... Read More »

Nadine Gordimer, Novelist Who Took On Apartheid, Is Dead at 90

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Nadine Gordimer, the South African writer whose literary ambitions led her into the heart of apartheid to create a body of fiction that brought her a Nobel Prize in 1991, died on Sunday in Johannesburg. She was 90. Her family announced her death in a statement. Ms. Gordimer did not originally choose apartheid as her subject as a young writer, ... Read More »