27 Nov 2009

Phyllis Gerstenfeld [Professor and Chair, Department of Criminal Justice,California State University, Stanislaus]: "This week, the FBI reported a 2% increase in hate crimes in 2008, as compared to the previous year. While hate crimes are an important problem in the United States (and abroad), this reported increase itself should be [read more]

26 Nov 2009

Volker Huls [Chief of Social Planning & Monitoring, UNICEF Somalia]: "The announcement by the Transitional Federal Government comes at a crucial time when more than ever children's rights are violated in Somalia as a consequence of the ongoing conflict in the country. This statement of intent gives hope that the [read more]

25 Nov 2009

Eugene O'Donnell [Lecturer, John Jay College of Criminal Justice]: "One of the paradoxes of crime reporting is that statistics sometimes decline when there is little expectation that law enforcement will treat a crime report seriously. Thus, the reported crime rate in some of the nation's largest cities may well be [read more]

22 Nov 2009

Alexander Abdo [Legal Fellow, National Security Project, American Civil Liberties Union]: "Historically, the United States has championed the use of photographic evidence of human-rights abuses to advance the cause of justice. The reason is simple: Pictures have a unique ability to transform public debate. They convey in plain and unadulterated [read more]

20 Nov 2009

John Esposito [Professor, Georgetown University and Founding Director, Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding]: "Despite our increasingly globalized world and the need to strengthen religious pluralism as well as to transform an outmoded notion of tolerance based simply on co-existence to one based on mutual understanding and respect and the equal rights [read more]

17 Nov 2009

Alan Reinach [President, Western Chapter, North American Religious Liberty Association]: "When we were children, we used to have play fights. "I dare you," one would say, only to hear in response, "I double dare you!" Sadly, the culture wars have degenerated into a grown up version of such foolishness. The [read more]

13 Nov 2009

Marina Ottaway [Director, Middle East Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace]: "The new election law approved by the Iraqi parliament on November 8 has both positive and negative features. On the positive side, it will allow the voting to take place before the mandate of the present parliament expires and [read more]

8 Nov 2009

Elizabeth Hill [Arizona's Assistant Ombudsman, Public Access]: "Arizona is beginning to embrace the electronic world in which we conduct our public business. On October 29, 2009, in Lake v. City of Phoenix [PDF file], the Arizona Supreme Court held that "when a public entity maintains a public record in an [read more]

6 Nov 2009

David Cortman [Senior Legal Counsel, Alliance Defense Fund]: "Over the last several years, the government has increasingly restricted pro-life speech, particularly when it occurs on public sidewalks outside abortion clinics. These restrictions are, at best, highly suspect under the First Amendment - and, at worst, completely unconstitutional. And that was [read more]

5 Nov 2009

Stephan Kinsella [General Counsel for Applied Optoelectronics and Editor of Libertarian Papers]: "A recent lawsuit filed by Nokia against Apple alleges that the iPhone infringes 10 of Nokia's patents. Nokia is probably "seeking between $200 and $400 million in damages from Apple," which JURIST characterizes as "a relatively low amount [read more]

4 Nov 2009

Todd Carpenter [Managing Director, National Information Standards Organization]: "Last week, the Supreme Court of Arizona issued a ruling overturning a lower court on whether file metadata must be turned over in a public records request. The ruling [PDF file] essentially binds the inherent file metadata within the file itself. In [read more]

2 Nov 2009

Geoffrey Lomax [Senior Officer for Medical Standards, California Institute for Regenerate Medicine]: "CIRM welcomes Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth's dismissal of Sherely v. Sebelius. The National Institute of Health (NIH) Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research represent sound public policy consistent with the approach adopted by CIRM, other states and [read more]

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