April 14, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
A foreign ministry spokesperson on Monday said that Iran plans to sue the US over its refusal to grant an entry visa to Hamid Aboutalebi, Tehran's newly-proposed ambassador to the United Nations (UN). As the UN is based in New York, this US decision bars the nominee from taking up and carrying ...[read more]
April 13, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
An Iranian appeals court on Saturday overturned the death sentence of ex-Marine Amir Hekmati who was convicted of spying for the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 2011. Saturday's ruling decreased Hekmati's sentence to 10 years in prison. Hekmati is a dual US-Iranian citizen who was arrested ...[read more]
April 9, 2014
by Peter Snyder
US President Barrack Obama said Tuesday that he will be signing two executive actions aimed at helping combat pay discrimination between men and women. According to the White House's press release, US Census statistics show, "on average, full-time working women still earn 77 cents to every dollar ...[read more]
April 8, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday published a letter to US President Barack Obama, urging the US to expedite the return of Yemeni detainees cleared for release from Guantanamo Bay. The letter notes that 55 of the 76 individuals recommended for transfer by the Obama administration are citizens of... ...[read more]
April 5, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a lawsuit on Friday brought against officials of the Obama administration for the 2011 drone strikes that killed three US citizens in Yemen. The lawsuit was specifically brought against former defense secretary, Leon Panetta ...[read more]
April 4, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Thursday voted 11-3 to submit to the White House to declassify and release a report on its findings about the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) use of torture. Last week, a group of advocacy groups sent President Barack Obama a letter urging him to ...[read more]
April 2, 2014
by Benjamin Minegar
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday urged the administration of US President Barack Obama to endorse the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty, which flatly prohibits land mines and requires their removal. HRW asserts that, while the US contributes to mine clearance and victim assistance more than any other ...[read more]
March 24, 2014
by G. Redd
The Crimean Conflict refers to a geo-political dispute regarding the autonomous southern Ukrainian Peninsula of the same name. Historically, post-Cold War political tensions in Ukraine revolved around Ukrainian and Russian sympathies; these are the two major ethnic groups and are divided into ...[read more]
March 21, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren
Uruguayan President Jose Mujica announced on Thursday that his country has agreed with US President Barack Obama to take five inmates at Guantanamo Bay, reportedly stating that they would be "welcome to work and stay with their families in Uruguay." Obama is attempting to live up to his promise ...[read more]
March 19, 2014
by Stephanie Kogut
JURIST Guest Columnist Balkees Jarrah of Human Rights Watch makes the case for why the US should publicly support a referral of the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court...Recently, US Secretary of State John Kerry reported that President Barack Obama had asked his top aides for ...[read more]

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