August 31, 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark
08/20/2014: Ex-Guantanamo detainee appealed conviction 07/03/2014: Guantanamo Bay detainees filed motion for religious prayer 06/10/2014: Federal appeals court dismissed Guantanamo detainee lawsuit 06/02/2014: Pentagon approved war crimes trial for al Qaeda leader 05/31/2014: Final known ...[read more]
August 31, 2014
by Sarah Steers
Cuban nationalists began pressing for independence from Spain in the mid-nineteenth century. Cuban guerrilla fighters initiated frequent skirmishes with the Spanish military between 1868 and 1878. Revolutionary activities picked up in the 1890s and Spain imposed martial law in 1896. International ...[read more]
August 31, 2014
by Michael Roberts
Cuba leased the southern portion of Guantanamo Bay to the US on February 23, 1903, as part of the Cuban-American Treaty that allowed the US military to construct a permanent naval base on the site. The base has been in regular use since its establishment, and is a source of consistent tension ...[read more]
August 30, 2014
by Ann Schober
The California Legislature on Friday enacted a ban on the use of plastic grocery bags in the state. The bill , if signed into law, will become the first law of its kind in the US. Some cities and counties within the state have successfully enacted the ban but the law had not yet passed at the ...[read more]
August 30, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
US National Security Council spokesperson Caitlin Hayden announced on Friday that the White House is placing new sanctions on over 30 organizations and individuals with ties to Iran. The sanctions come as the US continues to negotiate with Iran regarding the future of the country's controversial ...[read more]
August 30, 2014
by Ann Schober
A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Texas on Friday struck down a provision of a sweeping state anti-abortion law that Texas Governor Rick Perry signed into law in 2013. The provision, requiring Texas abortion clinics to meet hospital-level, ambulatory surgical center ...[read more]
August 30, 2014
by Julie Deisher
The UK's Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) on Friday changed the threat level for terrorist attacks against the UK from "substantial" to "severe," indicating that a terrorist attack against the UK is highly likely, although there is no evidence to suggest an attack is imminent. In addition to ...[read more]
August 29, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Ten victims of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) extraordinary rendition program have signed an open letter to US President Barack Obama urging him to declassify the upcoming Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the program. The letter, which was coordinated by international human ...[read more]
August 29, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Kenya's parliament passed a law on Wednesday that will provide greater support to victims of human trafficking and will make it easier to secure convictions for perpetrators. The Victim Protection Bill provides improved support to victims of crime, including the provision of a place of safety, ...[read more]
August 28, 2014
by Peter Snyder
Judge Lucy Koh of the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Wednesday denied a request by Apple for a permanent injunction barring Samsung Electronics from selling products that infringe on Apple's patents. The Cupertino based tech company had sought to ban the sale of ...[read more]

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