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Supreme Court denies appeals from military contractor over soldier death and exposure suits
January 21, 2015
The US Supreme Court denied certiorari on Tuesday in three appeals filed by military contractor KBR, Inc., seeking to end lawsuits over a soldier's electrocution in Iraq, soldier exposure to open-air burn pits for waste disposal and soldier exposure to dangerous chemicals in wastewater treatment. K....... [more]

US embassy bombing suspect dies in hospital
January 3, 2015
Alleged al Qaeda operative Abu Anas al Libi, accused of involvement in the bombings of US embassies in Africa, died in a US hospital Friday. Al Libi was captured by US military special forces in Libya in 2013 and brought to the US to stand trial. The Department of Justice confirmed his death citing....... [more]

UN reports high casualty figures in Iraq for 2015
January 2, 2015
The UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) on Friday reported that casualty figures for the country have reached their highest point over the past five years. The UN mission reported that last year's totals included 12,282 deaths and 23,126 injured citizens. The Secretary-General's Special Representa....... [more]

Amnesty: Islamic State torture of Yezdi captives
December 24, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) issued a briefing on Tuesday that said the Islamic State (IS) has exposed Iraq's Yezdi minority to violence and torture. The briefing details the torturous behaviors IS has exhibited towards Yezdi women, including rape, sexual violence and forcing women and young girls to....... [more]

UNICEF: 2014 a devastating year for children
December 8, 2014
The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) issued a press release Friday declaring 2014 "a devastating year for children" citing the 15 million children affected by violent conflicts in the Central African Republic, Iraq, South Sudan, the State of Palestine, Syria and Ukraine. Beyond the newly erupted conflict....... [more]

UN: terrorism and violence killed more than 1200 Iraqis last month
December 1, 2014
According to casualty figures released on Monday by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, at least 1,232 Iraqis were killed in November as a result of acts of terrorism and violence, while 2,434 were wounded. Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq Nickolay Mladenov commented on t....... [more]

Malaysia PM proposes anti-terrorism law
November 26, 2014
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Wednesday suggested to the country's parliament that new laws are needed to strengthen existing legislation to combat terrorism. Razak expressed particular concern about citizens returning home to Malaysia with extremist ideology after fighting alongside Islam....... [more]

The Uniform Code of Military Justice Has Never Had Anything To Do With Justice
November 25, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Nathaniel R. Helms, author of No Time for Truth: The Marines, Justice, and the Haditha Incident, discusses the Haditha Incident and the military justice system ...Kenneth Englade recently offered his interpretation of the so-called Haditha Massacre, an unfortunate label applie....... [more]

Statehood Recognition and IS
November 21, 2014
The international community generally recognizes three elements for statehood: territory, population and recognition by other nation states. It is understood that these states must be sovereign, with the ability to enter into diplomatic and other relationships with its fellow states. Many Wester....... [more]

IS and Human Rights Violations
November 21, 2014
Human rights violations committed by IS continue to escalate throughout 2014, raising concern in the international community. Critics state, Armed operations and insurgency tactics are bound to produce casualties; it is when the perpetrators of these actions do not execute certain precautions to mi....... [more]

US Intervention Against IS
November 21, 2014
On August 8, 2014 the US began airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq. The US has since expanded its operations into neighboring Syria. President Obama and his administration proceeded with the airstrike campaign without official congressional approval. Debate surrounding the legality of the U....... [more]




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