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Legal News
11 Jul 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] The Illinois Senate [official website] joined with the Illinois House of Representatives [official website] Wednesday to pass a bill [HB 183, text] that permits state residents to carry concealed firearms with limited restrictions. The bill prohibits carrying a firearm in schools, courthouses and government buildings and has restrictions based … [read more]

Academic Commentary
11 Feb 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern of the Ave Maria School of Law says says the US must pursue a full spectrum of "smart power" capabilities in Africa, to include but not be limited to the use of drones for surveillance or targeted killing strikes...The ongoing crises in Algeria and Mali … [read more]

Legal News
25 Sep 2012
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] Three armed Islamist groups in northern Mali are abusing the local population and employing child soldiers [press release], Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported Tuesday. According to interviews that HRW conducted over the past several weeks, three rebel groups, Ansar Dine, the Movement for Unity and Jihad in … [read more]

Legal News
6 Jul 2012
by Jamie Reese

[JURIST] The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) [official website] passed Resolution 2056 [text] on Thursday to address the continued hostilities in the country of Mali [JURIST news archive] and demand the violence come to an end. The unanimously adopted resolution [UN News Centre report] addresses continued humanitarian concerns and discourages … [read more]

Professional Commentary
9 Mar 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Stephen Ellis, a historian at the African Studies Centre, says that the recent influx of refugees from Libya has exacerbated the problem of organized crime in West Africa and has caused emerging complications that are generating increased attention from the international community...The call for greater efforts to … [read more]

Legal News
14 Nov 2008
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] The Russian Supreme Court [official site, in Russian] classified northern Africa group Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) [CFR backgrounder] as a terrorist organization in a ruling [press release, in Russian] Thursday, prohibiting the organization from conducting activities in Russia. The court ruled after the Russian Prosecutor General … [read more]

Legal News
16 Nov 2006
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] Iraqi Interior Minister Jawad al-Bolani [Wikipedia profile] announced on Al-Iraqiya state television [official website] Thursday that an arrest warrant has been issued for Harith al-Dhari [Aljazeera profile], the most prominent leader of Iraq's Sunni minority, and head of the powerful Association of Muslim Scholars [association website, in Arabic; GlobalSecurity … [read more]

Legal News
18 Nov 2005
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website] officials Thursday denied reports that Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] was attacked and punched several times [BBC report] by two court clerks after he insulted two Shiite saints during an interrogation session. Chief prosecutor Jaafar al-Mousawi said "no one in the court attacked Saddam … [read more]

Legal News
27 Sep 2005
by Christopher G. Anderson

[JURIST] Influential Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani [official website] has denied reports that he will issue a fatwa [JURIST report], or religious edict, telling Shiite Muslims to vote "yes" in the upcoming referendum on the Iraqi constitution [English translation; JURIST news archive]. Rather, Al-Sistani said in a statement reported … [read more]

Legal News
6 Sep 2005
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] Iraqi president Jalal Talabani said in an interview on al-Iraqiya state TV [media website] broadcast late Tuesday that ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive], now in custody pending trials for crimes again humanity by the Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website], had confessed before an investigating judge to … [read more]

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