An article from today's Washington Post about free speech and detentions in Vietnam, click here to read the article.
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An article from the New York Times about China's restrictions on internet media, click here to read the article.
An interesting article from the Christian Science Monitor about Haiti's upcoming election, click here to read the article.
As an update to a previous post, Nepal's King gave a speech at the UN in which he said elections could be held as early as next spring. Protests have been widespread in Nepal after the King has retained absolute control over the country. Click here to read the article from the New York Times. Earlier this month, Congress chose to withhold aid to the country because of its recent human rights record. We'll see if Nepal has meaningful elections soon and whether American aid can flow back to the country.
Another disturbing article from Iraq, terrorists stormed an elementary school and killed 5 teachers and a bus driver, click here to read the article.
From the Washington Post, the IRA announced today that it has fully disarmed. According to the article, "Catholic leaders and the prime ministers of Britain and Ireland called it a historic breakthrough that could bring a final close to more than three decades of sectarian conflict that has claimed about 3,600 lives." However, many Protestant politicians want full documentation and are wary of the announcement. The article can be found here.
An interesting article from the New York Times about China's justice system, click here to read the full article. I thought it was epecially interesting to see the courts reliance on forced confessions.
An interesting article from the Washington Post about the lead U.N. prosecutor for the Balkans War Crimes tribunal is charging the Vatican with sheltering a Croatian general accused of atrocities against Serb civilians. The article can be found by clicking here.
The owners of a nursing home where 34 people died after Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana where charged with multiple counts of negligent homicide on Tuesday. Investigators are also looking at similar cases and as more charges will probably follow. Read the entire article here. I wonder what the law says in the case of public officials, could citizens sue for the negligence of local and federal officials? With the FEMA and local response as bad as it was, I would be interested to know what is possible/likely, maybe a law student could post a comment informing the blog.
From the Washington Post: Ambassadors have adopted compromise language on a range of issues that had been debated between US and other nations. Advocates for impoverished nations were disappointed because of what they said were watered down language on development assistance. To read an article about the compromise click here.
As an update to a previous post, a federal appeals court has ruled against Jose Padilla and for the Bush administration. Padilla is an American citizen and has been held without charges in a military brig for three years. However, according to an article in the Washington Post, the President need not charge him or any American citizen and they the President may detain them indefinitely. For more details, read the full article here.
A sad article in the Washington Post explaining why many could not flee from Hurricane Katrina, click here to read the article. While it is clear that aid has not reached those in need fast enough and many still await help, elected officials at all levels of government have begun blaming each other for the slow response. The White House is blaming state and local officials, while many blame the federal government, the President, and FEMA's response. It seems to me that they should all share the blame and I hope that the bickering doesn't continue to hinder already delayed relief efforts. New Orleans City Council President Oliver Thomas may have summed it up best when he said, "Everybody shares the blame here. But when you talk about the mightiest government in the world, that's a ludicrous and lame excuse. You're FEMA, and you're the big dog. And you weren't prepared either." I read a recent op-ed in the New York Times in which a contributing editor to Scientific American magazine writes many warnings existed long before the hurricane hit, click here to read the article.
From the Washington Post today, John Bolton has outlined US opposistion to proposed measures that would change the United Nations. The new measures would place legal obligations on member countries to intervene when genocide, war crimes, or ethnic cleansing occur. The proposed measures also call for greater attention to global poverty (see my previous posts). The article also includes comments by Jeffery Sachs, who is advising Kofi Annan during the September Summit. US opposition centers around the idea that the new measures would restrict American authority and sovereignty. The administration also feels there should be a greater emphasis on fighting global terrorism.