Law & Order

Study shows voting does not reduce crime

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New Haven, Conn.– A new study casts doubt on a promising application of the timeworn theory — posited by thinkers such as Rousseau, Alexander de Tocqueville, and John Stuart Mill — that political engagement, such as voting, fosters good citizens and makes people more likely to obey the law. EurekAlert! The study, published in the journal Political Behavior, confirms prior research that those who vote are much less likely to be convicted of crimes than non-voters, but it also shows ... Read More »

Slavery is a bigger problem now than when it was ‘abolished’ — and it’s happening here

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Slavery. The word conjures images of people in leg irons. Edward Santow We think of the abolitionists who toiled centuries ago in lands far away to abolish this horrific practice. ABC Yet two things should shock us. First, slavery is more common today than when it was “abolished”. In fact, there are more slaves now than at any time in human history. Secondly, our region — the Asia Pacific — is home to about half of the world’s 45.8 million ... Read More »

Barnaby Joyce farce another reason why we need to rip up our failed constitution

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Twenty-five years ago I received the same news Barnaby Joyce heard on Friday In an astounding High Court decision I’d been ruled ineligible to sit in the Parliament and told I was no longer the independent member for the prized seat of Wills, Bob Hawke’s old seat, which I’d won eight months earlier in an exhilarating byelection. Phil Cleary The Canberra Times The euphoria of our victory party in Coburg that night was put into stark relief by the High Court decision. By day’s end I was told to ... Read More »

Andy Pollak: Vacuous Brexit talk could yield to creative solution

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Regulatory line of Irish Sea far easier and less disruptive than land border The challenge of preventing a “hard” border between the two parts of Ireland is among the obstacles preventing the UK and the EU moving on to the second phase of Brexit talks, the future trading relationship that the former is so desperate to find agreement on. Andy Pollak The Irish Times When they think about Ireland at all, the British side is still talking vacuously about a ... Read More »

Catalonia: Spain’s deputy prime minister takes charge

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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has delegated the powers of the Catalan presidency to his deputy, Soraya Saenz de Santamaria. Deutsche Welle  Meanwhile, the dismissed Catalan government said it will keep working for independence. After imposing direct rule on Catalonia from Madrid, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has put his deputy, Soraya Saenz de Santamaria, in charge of administering the region. Saenz de Santamaria was expected to meet central government ministry undersecretaries – assistants to ministers –  who are expected to ... Read More »

42 Fijians to provide security on Manus Island as tension mounts over imminent closure

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A Papua New Guinea company has hired Fijian personnel to work at the controversial Manus Island detention centre, scheduled for closure next Tuesday. NewsWire The group, recruited by PNG-based Paladin Solutions, will depart Fiji on Monday pending clearance from the employment ministry. Paladin’s local agent, Isireli Tamanituakula said his team would stay outside the detention centre fence and only patrol the outer boundary.“There are 42 personnel, partly military, ex-police officers, ex-prison officers, and civilians. They have been chosen to serve under Paladin Solutions Papua ... Read More »

Madrid imposes direct rule on Catalonia just 40 minutes after the region FINALLY declared independence as Spanish Prime Minister calls for ‘calm’ amid fears of violence on streets

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Daily Mail Online <link href=”http://scripts.dailymail.co.uk/static/mol-fe/static/mol-fe-async-bundle//1.14.0/articleDefer.css” rel=”stylesheet” /> <link rel=”stylesheet” href=”http://scripts.dailymail.co.uk/static/gunther/8.0.0/rc-main–.css”> <style>img[data-src]{display: none;}</style> <link rel=”stylesheet” href=”http://scripts.dailymail.co.uk/static/videoplayer//2.44.1/styles/mol-fe-videoplayer.min.css”> The Catalan parliament has voted 70 to 10 – with two blank ballots – to declare its independence from Spain In response, the Spanish senate in Madrid has dismantled Catalonia’s autonomy by invoking article 155 Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy said he wanted to ‘shut down’ the Catalan regional parliament in a speech today Catalan MPs opposed to the region’s independence stormed out of parliament before ... Read More »

John F Kennedy files, though incomplete, are a treasure trove for answer seekers

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Dallas: Citing national security concerns, US President Donald Trump ordered some of the John F. Kennedy assassination files to remain sealed for at least another 180… The Sydney Morning Herald – New York Times, Dallas Morning News, agencies The CIA and FBI objected to release of the material, much of it 54 years old, and the President said he “had no choice” but to agree that the concerns raised justify a delay because the risk of irreversible harm outweighs the public ... Read More »

ISIS: Some Things Cannot Be Killed Off

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: ISIS is facing defeat and liquidation, but its members are dispersing throughout the world and establishing local branches. Lt. Col. (res.) Dr. Mordechai Kedar BESA The idea of the Islamic Caliphate is not dead, and the struggle in the West is not over. ISIS may disappear as an organization, but the world will continue to suffer from the evil spirit that this organization has instilled among too many Muslims. As the city of Raqqa, the capital of the ... Read More »

Talking Point: Prevent crime for a safer society

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Do we care about our community safety or is it that we only want bad behaviour and criminal behaviour punished, no matter what? Grant Herring Do we really understand the real cost of crime and punishment? The Mercury Do we care about the outcomes of imprisonment? These are not simple questions when the complexity of their resolution is steeped in that Anglo-Saxon culture which transported wrongdoers from a nation with jails so overcrowded that prison hulks were deployed. Is imprisonment ... Read More »

Why the ‘Hands Off’ campaign targeting sexual harassment on public transport misses the mark

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This week, Victoria launched a campaign, “Hands Off”, in response to a 40% increase in reports of sexual assault on public transport. Bianca Fileborn The Conversation  The campaign – a joint initiative between Victoria Police, Crime Stoppers and Public Transport Victoria – will, over the next two weeks, publicly share images of alleged offenders online to encourage commuters to report them. This is accompanied by a new police unit that will focus on sexual offences on public transport. Hands Off’s ... Read More »

Why the government goes easy on corporate crime

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When Robert Mueller was tapped to investigate Russian meddling in last year’s presidential election, white-collar defense attorneys in Washington pumped their fists and readied their invoices. David Dayen New Republic Donald Trump and his inner circle have hit up practically every white-shoe law firm in town: Covington & Burling, Miller & Chevalier, Morgan Lewis, Hogan Lovells, Norton Rose Fulbright. For decades, veteran litigators from these firms have defended everyone from George W. Bush and Jack Abramoff on the right to ... Read More »

Peru legalises medical marijuana in move spurred by mother’s home lab

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Proposal to decriminalise the drug came after police raided a makeshift laboratory where a group of women made cannabis oil for their sick children Dan Collyns The Guardian Lawmakers in Peru have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a bill to legalise medical marijuana, allowing cannabis oil to be locally produced, imported and sold. With a vote of 68-5, Peru’s Congress approved the bill which will be written into law in 60 days, once regulations for producing and selling cannabis have ... Read More »

Money laundering trial could further chill already tense US-Turkish relations

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U.S. and Turkish relations are already severely strained, and an upcoming trial in New York involving a businessman with links to Ankara’s political elite could see the situation worsen. Jeff Daniels CNBC The trial is likely to result in “a lot of dirty laundry getting aired,” according to an insider close to the case. “It is going to be very embarrassing to the Turks.” “There’s bad blood on both sides,” said Bulent Aliriza, founding director of the Turkey Project at ... Read More »

Colombia’s Armed Groups Battle for the Spoils of Peace

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Colombia’s 2016 peace accord has brought over 10,000 FARC fighters to the cusp of civilian life, but in their wake rival armed groups are battling for control of vacated territory and lucrative coca crops. ICG In order to roll back booming drug production and expanding non-state groups, the Colombian government should provide local farmers with alternative livelihoods while developing grassroots security and local governance. Executive Summary The peace process with Colombia’s largest and longest standing guerrilla group has defied its ... Read More »

Judges turn to extreme remedy to block Trump administration

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(CNN) — As the Trump administration seeks to obliterate Obama-era policies, progressive lawyers are racing to court asking for an extreme form of relief, urging judges to reach deep into their judicial tool kits and issue national — even global — injunctions. Ariane de Vogue Such injunctions are a relatively new phenomenon, and some legal scholars worry they are bad for the country and bad for courts. The experts say the extreme remedy squelches the benefit of having multiple judges ... Read More »