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Development of IS
November 21, 2014
The Middle Eastern-based Islamic State (IS) goes by many names, such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), but these are only recent denominations for an organization whose origins predate al-Qaeda's presence in Iraq. The forerunner of IS....... [more]

Of Course It Is a War, and It Is Lawful
September 25, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Paust of the University of Houston Law Center discusses the constitutionality and international legality of the war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria ... President Obama and Secretary Kerry were reluctant to use the word "war" or the phrase "armed conflict" with respect to....... [more]

Abu Qatada cleared of terrorism charges, released from prison
September 24, 2014
Radical Islamic preacher Abu Qatada was cleared Wednesday of terrorism offenses by a court in Jordan, and was released from prison. The court found insufficient evidence to convict the 53-year-old cleric of helping to plan a thwarted terrorist plot against tourists and diplomats during Jordan's 2000....... [more]

US provides legal justification for Syrian airstrikes
September 24, 2014
The US government on Tuesday insisted in a letter to the UN that the American-led airstrikes in Syria against the Islamic State (IS) were legally justified because actions were taken in defense of Iraq. The US, with the support of Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, le....... [more]

US court holds Arab Bank liable to victims of Hamas
September 23, 2014
A jury for the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York on Monday found the Jordan-based Arab Bank liable for providing material support to Hamas. The plaintiffs were 300 victims injured in attacks by Hamas against Israel. The jury found that Arab Bank conducted business with leaders....... [more]

Jordan judge pospones verdict in Abu Qatada trial
September 7, 2014
A judge presiding over the case against radical Jordan cleric Abu Qatada on Sunday stated he was delaying the pending verdict for further examination of the case. According to Judge Ahmed al-QatarnehIt, a decision on the charges against Qatada will now be issued on September 24. Qatada is facing c....... [more]

Jordan court acquits radical cleric of terrorism charges
June 27, 2014
A three-man civilian panel in the Jordanian State Security Court on Thursday declared radical preacher Abu Qatada not guilty of terrorism offences relating to an alleged plot in 1998 on the American school in Amman. The court ruled there was insufficient evidence to find Qatada guilty of terrorism c....... [more]

UN rights expert urges Jordan to adopt sustainable strategy to combat water scarcity
March 18, 2014
At the completion of a five day assessment of Jordan's implementation of water and sanitation access for all, UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation Catarina de Albuquerque released a preliminary report concluding that Jordan's current access system to water a....... [more]

Abu Qatada pleads not guilty to terrorism charges
December 10, 2013
Radical cleric Abu Qatada pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges in a Jordanian court on Tuesday and challenged the court's authority to try him under the terms of his deportation from Britain earlier this year. Qatada, whose real name is Omar Mahmoud Mohammed Othman, argued that the presence of a....... [more]

Children suffer trauma from Syrian war: UN rights experts
November 29, 2013
A UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) issued a 60-page multimedia report on Friday that Syrian refugee children are suffering trauma from the Syrian Civil War, which has killed over 120,000 people. The report states that many Syrian refugee children in Jordan and Lebanon are growing up in broken famili....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments on treaty powers, patent infringement
November 5, 2013
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in three cases. In Bond v. United States the court heard arguments on whether there are limits to Congress' authority to intrude on local and state programs with a valid international treaty. Carol Anne Bond attempted to poison her husband's lover by....... [more]




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