February 26, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
On February 26, 1919, US President Woodrow Wilson signed the Grand Canyon National Park Act into law. The Act placed the Grand Canyon under the protection of the Department of the Interior (DOI)'s National Park Service. Prior to 1919, the only federal protections afforded to the site were through ...[read more]
January 21, 2013
by Sarah Steers
On January 21, 2010, the Swiss Administrative court ruled that 25 American taxpayers, all clients of Swiss banking giant UBS, need not disclose their financial information to the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This decision reversed a ruling by the Swiss Federal Tax administration that would ...[read more]
January 17, 2013
by Addison Morris
US President Barack Obama signed 23 executive actions Wednesday and called on Congress to pass stricter gun-control laws. Most of the executive actions are intended to strengthen existing gun laws during what the president called an "epidemic of violence," while the other orders address issues of ...[read more]
September 18, 2012
by Sarah Paulsworth
Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf announced on Tuesday that he will allow Switzerland to reopen corruption charges against President Asif Ali Zardari. Appearing before the Supreme Court in connection with the ongoing standoff between Pakistan's judiciary and executive officials regarding ...[read more]
July 24, 2012
by Dan Taglioli
A senior Russian judge on Tuesday ordered a court to review the appeal of jailed former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky. It remains to be seen whether the order is on a legal technicality or if there will be real progress in the appeal. Once CEO of Yukos Oil and one of the richest men ...[read more]
June 10, 2012
by Kimberly Bennett
On June 10, 2009, the Peruvian Congress voted to suspend controversial indigenous land laws in an effort to reduce protests in response to an estimated 650 Peruvian National Police and Special Forces officers attacking several thousand indigenous protesters at a road block the day before. The ...[read more]
March 27, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On March 27, 2010, former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky released a statement during his embezzlement trial which claimed that jury trials in Russia were severely restricted and that entering a plea of "not guilty" plea often leads to retaliatory verdicts and penalties. The statement ...[read more]
January 21, 2012
by Cody Harding
On January 21, 2009, US President Barack Obama issued the first executive orders of his presidency. The first, Executive Order 13489, focused on White House transparency and reversed restrictions implemented by former President George W. Bush, by granting broader public access to previous ...[read more]
August 24, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On August 24, 2009, a presidential special task force, created by US President Barack Obama to study interrogations and transfer policies, issued its recommendations calling for the creation of a specialized interrogation group to question top terrorism suspects. The task force, created by ...[read more]
August 16, 2011
by Edward SanFilippo
Jessica Montell, Executive Director of B'Tselem, argues that the dismantling of an Israeli settlement in the West Bank under a recent court order is a significant step forward for the rule of law, but is only the first step in ending an illegal settlement enterprise...Earlier this month, the ...[read more]

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