January 4, 2012
by Alexandra Malatesta
The Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) published a draft law Monday establishing guidelines for the election of the assembly that will create Libya's new constitution. The law would ban any former members of the regime of deceased former dictator Muammar Gaddafi as well as those educated ...[read more]
January 4, 2012
by Alexandra Malatesta
A three-judge panel of the Provincial Court of Justice of Sucumbios in Lago Agrio, Ecuador, on Tuesday upheld a multi-billion dollar fine against Chevron for polluting the Amazon Jungle in the 1980s. The USD $18 billion fine, one of the largest in the history of environmental contamination suits, ...[read more]
January 3, 2012
by Alexandra Malatesta
The Israeli Knesset passed a new law on Tuesday that changes the rules governing the selection of Supreme Court justices. The contentious law has been criticized for undermining the independence of the judiciary in an effort to further a conservative judge favored by the government. Under the old ...[read more]
January 3, 2012
by Alexandra Malatesta
Tens of thousands of protesters gathered outside of the Hungarian State Opera on Monday to protest the the country's controversial new constitution, which took effect January 1. A gala was being held to celebrate the new constitution, which the protesters condemned as hypocritical. Opponents have ...[read more]
December 28, 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta
The US has extradited Rasema Handanovic, a woman accused of killing Bosnian Croat civilians during the 1992-1995 Bosnian Civil War, according to US officials Tuesday. Handanovic, along with Edin Dzeko who was extradited last week, served in a unit of the Bosnian Army that attacked a village in ...[read more]
December 28, 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Alaska on Tuesday dismissed the petition of federal prosecutors, finding that British Petroleum (BP) was not negligent in a 2009 oil spill. Because the spill, which released 13,500 gallons of oil onto the North Slope of Alaska, was not a result ...[read more]
December 27, 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta
Two Swedish journalists found guilty last week in an Ethiopian court of supporting terrorism and entering the country illegally were sentenced Tuesday to 11 years in prison. The journalists contended that they traveled into the country with the designated terrorist group Ogaden National Liberation ...[read more]
December 27, 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta
Preliminary hearings for the trial of alleged United State Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) spy, Iranian-American Amir Mirzaei Hekmati began in an Iranian Court Tuesday. Leading evidence against Hekmati includes a confession made on Iranian state television where he admits his mission was to ...[read more]
December 8, 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta
Human Rights Watch called Thursday for the government of Yemen to increase the minimum age for girls to enter into marriage. In a 54-page report titled "How Come You Allow Little Girls to Get Married?" HRW claims that the current laws effectively make Yemeni girls and women second class citizens, ...[read more]
December 8, 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta
Thai-born American citizen Joe Gordon (Thai name Lerpong Wichaikhammat) was sentenced Thursday to two-and-a-half years in a Thai prison after pleading guilty to violating Section 112 of the Thai Penal Code by defaming the royal family by translating excerpts of a locally banned biography of King ...[read more]

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