Law & Order

Germany ‘unlikely to prosecute’ Nazi guard deported from US

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Nazi hunter Jens Rommel says 95-year-old Jakiw Palij will probably never face trial for alleged war crimes Kate Connolly The Guardian German authorities are unlikely to ever bring to trial a 95-year-old former second world war concentration camp guard who was deported from the US earlier this week, the country’s leading Nazi hunter has said. Jens Rommel, who heads the Central Office for the Investigation of Nazi Crimes in Ludwigsburg, said there was not enough evidence to prosecute Jakiw Palij, ... Read More »

Timor-Leste praises Witness K’s actions in helping resolve maritime border

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New foreign minister says the country has begun a new chapter in its relations with Australia Helen Davidson The Guardian The actions of Witness K and Bernard Collaery were a valued part of the “collective effort” that led to the historic maritime boundary treaty between Australia and Timor-Leste, the Timorese foreign minister has said. In an exclusive interview with Guardian Australia, the foreign minister of Timor-Leste, Dionísio Babo Soares, said the two nations were at a new stage of their ... Read More »

The Most Damaging Thing That’s Happened to Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a Make America Great Again rally at the Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia, U.S., August 21, 2018.    REUTERS/Leah Millis - RC1DE2860790

It wasn’t what Michael Cohen alleged in court, or the conviction of his campaign chair. Benjamin Wittes The Atlantic It is the morning after a devastating defeat. Smoke is still rising from the field. The rubble has not yet been cleared. And the commanders are having trouble facing just how hopeless their position has become. They no longer know on how many fronts they are fighting, how many separate enemies they face, or to what extent those enemies are cooperating—one ... Read More »

After Elections, Zimbabwe Government’s Legitimacy in Limbo

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Zimbabwe’s disputed elections have reinforced political divisions as the Constitutional Court hears an opposition challenge of the results. Piers Pigou The military crackdown on opposition protesters highlights the urgency of reform if the government is to preserve stability and, by extension, its re-engagement strategy with international donors. ICG The Zimbabwean government posited that the first elections after the November 2017 ouster of Robert Mugabe would enhance the state’s credibility and strengthen the country’s prospects for economic recovery. Voters responded in ... Read More »

Ban ‘killer robots’ to protect fundamental moral and legal principles

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When drafting a treaty on the laws of war at the end of the 19th century, diplomats could not foresee the future of weapons development. Bonnie Docherty The Conversation But they did adopt a legal and moral standard for judging new technology not covered by existing treaty language. This standard, known as the Martens Clause, has survived generations of international humanitarian law and gained renewed relevance in a world where autonomous weapons are on the brink of making their own ... Read More »

After Elections, Zimbabwe Government’s Legitimacy in Limbo

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Zimbabwe’s disputed elections have reinforced political divisions as the Constitutional Court hears an opposition challenge of the results Piers Pigou The military crackdown on opposition protesters highlights the urgency of reform if the government is to preserve stability and, by extension, its re-engagement strategy with international donors. ICG The Zimbabwean government posited that the first elections after the November 2017 ouster of Robert Mugabe would enhance the state’s credibility and strengthen the country’s prospects for economic recovery. Voters responded in ... Read More »

What Michael Cohen’s Guilty Plea Means for Trump

Michael Cohen, former personal lawyer to President Donald Trump, leaves his apartment building, in New York, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. Cohen could be charged before the end of the month with bank fraud in his dealings with the taxi industry and with committing other financial crimes, multiple people familiar with the federal probe said Monday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

The president’s former fixer on Tuesday said he broke campaign laws at Trump’s behest, paying off two women who alleged extramarital affairs. David A. Graham The Atlantic In a sudden development Tuesday, Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s longtime attorney and fixer, pleaded guilty to bank fraud and tax fraud and said he broke campaign-finance laws at the president’s behest, with the… The plea on eight felony counts, entered Tuesday afternoon in federal court in Manhattan, is the culmination of an investigation ... Read More »

Shaping a New Peace in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas

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Pakistan is moving to bring its Federally Administered Tribal Areas into the constitutional order. But rights remain severely restricted in the borderlands, threatening deeper popular alienation. ICG To stop militants from stepping in, the government should lift its draconian interim regulations and deliver needed services. What’s new? Pakistan has merged the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) along the Afghan border into an adjacent province, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a big step toward bringing constitutional governance and restoring peace to these lands. But ... Read More »

PM Malcolm Turnbull should resign and hand over leadership to Peter Dutton, Mathias Cormann says

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Malcolm Turnbull has been told he has lost the support of the Liberal party room and should step down as Prime Minister. By political reporter Louise Yaxley ABC The crisis has deepened ever further with the Government adjourning the House of Representatives. “Shame, Shame” was shouted from the Labor side as the vote result was announced and the lower house rose five hours early. The Government’s one-seat majority was again tested with crossbenchers Rebekha Sharkie and Cathy McGowan refusing to ... Read More »

Who owns the moon? A space lawyer answers

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Most likely, this is the best-known picture of a flag ever taken: Buzz Aldrin standing next to the first U.S. flag planted on the Moon. Frans von der Dunk The Conversation For those who knew their world history, it also rang some alarm bells. Only less than a century ago, back on Earth, planting a national flag in another part of the world still amounted to claiming that territory for the fatherland. Did the Stars and Stripes on the moon ... Read More »

Denmark as a Model for American Socialists?

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Here are some facts to consider before American “democratic socialists” look to Denmark for guidance, as Senator Bernie Sanders did during the 2016 presidential campaign. Lars Hedegaard Gatestone Institute First of all, Danes actually pay for their brand of socialism through heavy taxation. In Denmark, everyone pays at least the 25% value-added tax (VAT) on all purchases. Income tax rates are high. If you receive public support and are of working age and healthy enough to work, the state will ... Read More »

You don’t have to look far to find human trafficking victims

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Many people think that human trafficking means kidnapping and moving victims across state or national borders. Laurie Charles The Conversation After working with human trafficking victims as a forensic nurse and now while teaching at Texas A&M University’s College of Nursing, I know that this often is not the case. I have found that many perpetrators find, entice and sell their victims right in their own backyards. Victims are often hidden in plain sight, leading everyone from police to health ... Read More »

Bikies infiltrator ‘outed by Australian authorities’ given Canadian refugee status

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A man who infiltrated the Bandidos bikie gang has become the first known refugee from Australia after an overseas tribunal found he was abandoned by local authorities who blew his cover. Josh Robertson ABC The ABC can reveal that former outlaw motorcycle gang insider Stevan Utah won the landmark asylum claim in Canada. Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) accepted evidence that there were murder contracts placed on Mr Utah’s life after he was recruited by the Australian Crime Commission ... Read More »

Crime gangs: Facts, fiction and furphies

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First, an admission – this story is a waste of time. For it relates to the issue of Sudanese crime gangs, where everyone seems to have a firm opinion and no one shows the slightest inclination to change theirs. John Silvester The Age This is not a black-and-white topic. Those who say there is a problem are not necessarily paid-up members of the KKK and those who say there isn’t are not, by definition, ABC sympathisers who believe tofu should ... Read More »

Bans on full-face Muslim veils spread across Europe

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Washington: Earlier this month, Denmark became the fifth country in Europe to introduce a ban on face coverings in public places. Rebecca Tan The Age Washington Post The policy is widely viewed as being targeted at Muslim women who wear veils such as the niqab. Despite protests in the capital, Copenhagen, police have started enforcing the law in earnest. On August 3, a 28-year-old wearing the niqab, which covers the entire body except the eyes, was attacked by another Danish woman ... Read More »

DV victims need funding before cross-examination ban: LCA

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The Law Council of Australia has called on the Australian government to accept recommendations from a report which said a guarantee of additional funding for legal aid is necessary before a… Grace Ormsby Lawyers Weekly The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee’s Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross-examination of Parties) Bill 2018 [Provisions] bipartisan report was released earlier this week and… The report said “the committee believes there should be a commitment to additional funding for legal aid ... Read More »