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AI: Mexico government tolerates torture by police and military forces
September 5, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday criticized the Mexican government for its failure to adequately investigate allegations of torture. According to the report, Mexican safeguards intended to prevent military and police forces from using torture as an investigative tool are woefully under-enforc....... [more]

Immigration authorities settle lawsuit with ACLU
August 28, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) settled a federal lawsuit (text) on Wednesday, requiring US immigration authorities to ensure that undocumented Mexican immigrants are made aware of their right to a hearing before an immigration judge. The class action lawsuit, filed in June 2013, alleged t....... [more]

HRW: Mexico government should investigate military shootout
August 23, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Friday called on the Mexican government to fully investigate the killing of 22 civilians by soldiers on June 30, following an alleged confrontation inside an empty warehouse in the municipality of Tlatlaya. All civilians involved in the incident were killed, while one sol....... [more]

Mexico environmental agency sues copper mining company over spill
August 20, 2014
The Mexican Attorney General for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA) on Monday filed a criminal complaint against copper mining companies Buena Vista del Cobre, SA de CV and Minera Mexico following a massive acid spill on August 6 near the US border with Mexico. The spill has affected drinking water....... [more]

Mexico lawmakers approve telecom reforms
July 10, 2014
The Camara de Diputados, the lower house of Mexico's Congress, voted on Wednesday to approve strict reforms limiting dominant telecommunications and television companies. After 20 hours of debate, lawmakers passed the measure, which would force companies controlling over 50 percent of the market in....... [more]

White House to increase processing and deportation of undocumented children
June 22, 2014
The Obama administration on Friday announced that it would boost the ranks of immigration judges, lawyers and asylum officers to decrease the flow of undocumented children into the country. According to homeland security deputy director Alejandro Mayorkas, 52,000 unaccompanied children arrived on t....... [more]

The Stolen Valor Problem: Bringing Clarity to Speech Restrictions for False Claims of Military Honors
April 16, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist David Hommel, St. John's University School of Law, Class of 2014, is the author of the ninth article in a ten-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Hommel discusses false identification of military personnel who have engaged in....... [more]

Environmental and Human Impact of the Oil Spill
March 11, 2014
The April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, or BP oil spill, had far-reaching and catastrophic environmental effects. According to a 2013 study published by the National Academy of Sciences, it is difficult to know the full extent of environmental damage caused by the spill because of the movement o....... [more]

History of the BP Oil Spill
March 11, 2014
Deepwater Horizon, the name given to the oil spill from the British Petroleum (BP)-run Macondo Prospect in the Gulf of Mexico, occurred between April and September 2010. Macondo Prospect is a large area off the coast of the Louisiana that contains large deposits of oil and is thus the site of severa....... [more]

British Petroleum Settlement
March 11, 2014
On April 20, 2010, an explosion of high pressure methane gas sank British Petroleum (BP)'s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, causing a leak that became one of the largest oil spills in history. The leak continued until the well was officially sealed on September 21, 2010 and released an estimated 560....... [more]

Mexico lawmakers introduce marijuana legalization bill
February 19, 2014
A group of left-wing Mexican lawmakers from the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) introduced a bill on Tuesday to legalize marijuana in an effort to curb cartel violence. Since Mexican President Felipe Calderon launched a crackdown on drug cartels in 2008, Mexico has faced a wave of violence....... [more]




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