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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Oct 10, 2013 Rabbis plotted to kidnap husbands, force divorces, FBI says
QUOTE: A group of rabbis face kidnapping charges after allegedly arranging assaults of Orthodox Jewish husbands to persuade them to grant divorces to their wives, authorities said Thursday....Their goal? To obtain "gets," a document that Jewish law requires a husband to present to his wife in order to be issued a divorce, the complaint says.
CNN (Cable News Network) Apr 11, 2013 Emirates’ Laws Trap a Doctor Just Passing Through
QUOTE: Foreigners have long faced unexpected legal trouble in the emirates, where the legal system often differs considerably from what they expect at home.
New York Times Dec 01, 2012 Islamist to rally in support of Egypt's president
QUOTE: Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy was expected to be given the country's new constitution Saturday, a day after its approval by an Islamist-dominated assembly....Morsy sparked days of protests last week after he issued an order banning courts from overturning any decisions he has made since taking office.
CNN (Cable News Network) Nov 30, 2012 Does Google the Link Lister Equal Google the Publisher?
QUOTE: s Google a publisher? Or is Google simply a displayer of links? Are these two things the same?...An Australian high court has found Google liable for libelous content tying a man to organized crime. Of course, Google didn’t create the article that made the references, it simply provided a link to it within its search results.
WebProNews Mar 13, 2012 Iraq’s Tribal Chiefs Step Into the Breach With Swift Justice
QUOTE: in the interplay among tribal chiefs, elected officials and security forces, a new Iraq is taking shape. It may be buttressed by new ideas of democracy, but it is still very much dominated by the centuries-old customs and swagger of tribal leaders, quick to welcome outsiders with offers of sweet chai and platters of kebab and chicken but capable of swift acts of justice that can supersede those of any court.
New York Times Feb 12, 2012 Malaysia deports Saudi journalist Hamza Kashgari
QUOTE: Malaysian authorities have deported a Saudi journalist accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad in a tweet. Police confirmed to the BBC that Hamza Kashgari was sent back to Saudi Arabia on Sunday despite protests from human rights groups.
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Jan 27, 2012 Censoring of Tweets Sets Off #Outrage
QUOTE: [Twitter] became a bullhorn for millions of people worldwide, especially vital in nations that tend to muzzle their own people. But this week, in a sort of coming-of-age moment, Twitter announced that upon request, it would block certain messages in countries where they were deemed illegal. The move immediately prompted outcry, argument and even calls for a boycott from some users.
New York Times Dec 21, 2011 In Islamic Law, Gingrich Sees a Mortal Threat to U.S.
QUOTE: Mr. Gingrich was articulating a much-disputed thesis in vogue with some conservative thinkers but roundly rejected by many American Muslims, scholars of Islam and counterterrorism officials. The anti-Shariah theorists say that just as communism posed an ideological and moral threat to America separate from the menace of Soviet missiles, so today radical Islamists are working to impose Shariah in a “stealth jihad” that is no less dangerous than the violent jihad of Al Qaeda.
New York Times Jun 22, 2011 Dissident Chinese Artist Is Released
QUOTE: Mr. Ai was the most prominent of hundreds of people detained since China intensified a broad crackdown on critics of the government in February, when anonymous calls for mass protests modeled after the revolutions in the Arab world percolated on the Chinese Internet. China’s move to douse any flicker of dissent was the harshest in years outside of the restive ethnic regions in the far west, and the vast majority of those detained in the crackdown were, like Mr. Ai, held in secret locations for weeks with no legal justification.
New York Times Jan 18, 2011 Former Haitian Dictator to Face Charges
QUOTE: The charges filed on Tuesday seemed to be a modest list for a man who is widely blamed for one of the darkest chapters in the country’s history — and whose government has been accused of kidnapping, torturing and murdering thousands of political opponents. But the case against Mr. Duvalier represents a bold step by a country with a long history of impunity, and one where leaders have rarely faced prosecution.
New York Times Dec 22, 2010 Rape victims fear being jailed in Mauritania
QUOTE: Mahjouba was raped in March on the nighttime streets of Mauritania's capital, but she will not bring charges against the man she says did it...According to a local U.N.-funded group working with the victims, the law criminalizes the women instead of their rapists -- and society ostracizes the women.
CNN (Cable News Network) Dec 20, 2010 Monitoring America (Top Secret America)
QUOTE: Nine years after the terrorist attacks of 2001, the United States is assembling a vast domestic intelligence apparatus to collect information about Americans, using the FBI, local police, state homeland security offices and military criminal investigators. The system, by far the largest and most technologically sophisticated in the nation's history, collects, stores and analyzes information about thousands of U.S. citizens and residents, many of whom have not been accused of any wrongdoing.
Washington Post May 21, 2010 Pakistan blocks YouTube a day after shutdown of Facebook over Muhammad issue
QUOTE: A simmering clash between free speech and religious sensibilities in Pakistan burst from the streets onto the Internet on Thursday, as the government blocked the video-sharing site YouTube and other pages it deemed "sacrilegious" to the nation's Muslim majority.
Washington Post May 19, 2010 An Old Chip Cartel Case Is Brought to a Swift End
QUOTE: The European Union fined a group of computer chip makers 331.3 million euros ($409 million) on Wednesday for price fixing in the first use of a new procedure that allows settlement of cartel cases in Europe.
New York Times May 18, 2010 Supreme Court restricts life without parole for juveniles
QUOTE: Juveniles may not be sentenced to life in prison without parole for any crime short of homicide, the Supreme Court ruled yesterday, expanding its command that young offenders must be treated differently from adults even for heinous crimes.
Washington Post May 04, 2010 Tearing Away the Veil
QUOTE: Through a legal ban, French parliamentarians want to uphold a principle that should apply to all: the visibility of the face in the public sphere, which is essential to our security and is a condition for living together. A few extremists are contesting this obvious fact by using our democratic liberties as an instrument against democracy. We have to tell them no.
New York Times Apr 25, 2010 Indian Justice Inches Closer to Chapters of Violence
QUOTE: These two spasms of horrific sectarian bloodletting have stood as direct challenges to India’s status as a democratic, secular state governed by the rule of law. In both instances, senior officials of the party in power were accused of looking the other way or, in some cases, even orchestrating the bloodshed. In both cases, a mere handful of the killers were ever convicted. In both cases, the political fortunes of politicians accused of fomenting the violence flourished in the aftermath.
New York Times Oct 27, 2009 Extremism Spreads Across Indonesian Penal Code
QUOTE: Most of Indonesia still lives up to its reputation for a moderate, easygoing brand of Islam... But how Aceh [an Indonesian province] went from basic Islamic law to endorsing stoning in a few short years shows how a small, radical minority has successfully pushed its agenda, locally and nationally...
New York Times Oct 27, 2009 Pakistan's Forgotten Plight: Modern-Day Slavery
QUOTE: will Clinton be able to press Islamabad's rulers to address a controversy involving rural poverty and modern-day slavery?
Time Magazine Oct 19, 2009 Investment firm dares to cry corruption in Russia: British company outlines tax fraud's many accomplices
QUOTE: Hermitage Capital Management, once the largest foreign investor in the Russian stock market, is escalating its campaign to force the Kremlin to punish officials suspected of stealing $230 million from the government last year...
Washington Post Oct 14, 2009 Case of runaway convert leads to Muslim-Christian clash
QUOTE: the plight of Fathima Rifqa Bary, the Ohio teenager who says her Muslim father threatened her life after she converted to Christianity and ran away to Florida, is also part of a new and growing challenge to Western jurisprudence: How to reconcile restrictive Eastern cultural and religious codes with Western freedoms of religious expression and guarantees against gender discrimination.
Christian Science Monitor Sep 19, 2009 Some Chinese parents say their babies were stolen for adoption
QUOTE: [in China] some parents are beginning to come forward to tell harrowing stories of babies who were taken away by coercion, fraud or kidnapping -- sometimes by government officials who covered their tracks by pretending that the babies had been abandoned.
Los Angeles Times Aug 18, 2009 Family Code Gets Nudge, but Women Seek a Push (Tangier Journal)
QUOTE: Despite an important reform of Morocco’s family code in 2004, pressed upon a reluctant Parliament by the young king, Muhammad VI, sex outside marriage is not recognized in Morocco, any more than homosexuality is.
New York Times Aug 03, 2009 'They Want to Destroy Christians' Spasm of Religious Violence Leaves a Pakistani Minority in Mourning, Frustration
QUOTE: Killing has become commonplace in Pakistan. But this attack [in Gojra] startled the country both for its ferocity and for its stark message to religious minorities.
Washington Post Jul 08, 2009 New UN report takes firm stand on women's rights in Afghanistan
QUOTE: The 'Silence is Violence' report documents the failure of [Afghanistan] state institutions to protect women from increasing violence in public spaces.
Christian Science Monitor Jul 07, 2009 In Iran, a Struggle Beyond the Streets
QUOTE: In postelection Iran, there is growing unease among many of the nation’s political and clerical elite that the very system of governance they rely on for power and privilege has been stripped of its religious and electoral legitimacy, creating a virtual dictatorship enforced by an emboldened security apparatus, analysts said.
New York Times Nov 19, 2008 Britain Grapples With Role for Islamic Justice
QUOTE: This is Islamic justice, British style. Despite a raucous national debate over the limits of religious tolerance and the pre-eminence of British law, the tenets of Shariah, or Islamic law, are increasingly being applied to everyday life in cities across the country.
New York Times Jul 04, 2008 Lawyers Press Russian Case Against a U.S. Bank
QUOTE: A team of American trial lawyers sharpened their arguments Thursday that the Bank of New York Mellon should be held civilly liable for $22.5 billion in damages under United States law for a money-laundering scandal in the late 1990s that helped undermine the Russian economy.
New York Times May 29, 2008 In Britain, Rape Cases Seldom Result in a Conviction
QUOTE: After Linda Davies reported to police that her 15-year-old daughter had been raped, it took three months -- plus two dozen phone calls and a threat of legal action -- before police questioned the suspect, a 28-year-old neighbor.
Washington Post May 04, 2008 Probe of USS Cole Bombing Unravels
QUOTE: Almost eight years after al-Qaeda nearly sank the USS Cole with an explosives-stuffed motorboat, killing 17 sailors, all the defendants convicted in the attack have escaped from prison or been freed by Yemeni officials.
Washington Post Nov 24, 2007 Saudi government: Rape victim had illegal affair
QUOTE: The 19-year-old woman was initially sentenced to 90 lashes for meeting with the man...The seven attackers, who abducted the pair and raped her, received sentences ranging from 10 months to five years in jail....She was convicted of violating the kingdom's Islamic law by not having a male guardian with her.
CNN (Cable News Network) Nov 01, 2007 In Rape Case, French Youth Takes On Dubai
QUOTE: The authorities not only discouraged Alex from pressing charges, he, his family and French diplomats say; they raised the possibility of charging him with criminal homosexual activity, and neglected for weeks to inform him or his parents that one of his attackers had tested H.I.V. positive while in prison four years earlier.
New York Times Oct 17, 2007 Lifers as Teenagers, Now Seeking Second Chance
QUOTE: Specialists in comparative law acknowledge that there have been occasions when young murderers who would have served life terms in the United States were released from prison in Europe and went on to kill again. But comparing legal systems is difficult, in part because the United States is a more violent society and in part because many other nations imprison relatively few people and often only for repeat violent offenses.
New York Times Oct 03, 2007 Chief of Blackwater Defends His Employees
QUOTE: Mr. Prince disputed a Congressional staff report that detailed several instances of Blackwater employees killing Iraqis, fleeing the scene and then the company trying to cover up the violent episodes by whisking the Blackwater employees out of the country and quietly paying off the families of the victims.
New York Times May 20, 2007 Sudanese Police Attack On Aid Workers Tests U.N. Chief's Diplomacy: He Calls It 'Unacceptable' in Letter to Bashir
QUOTE: Bashir and other Sudanese officials have said the episode underscores how foreign aid workers trample on Sudan's Islamic traditions, and Sudanese religious leaders have organized demonstrations to protest the outsiders' behavior...[the United Nations] concluded that Sudan violated provisions of the status of forces agreement governing the U.N. presence in Sudan.
Washington Post May 14, 2007 In Juarez, Expiring Justice: Statute of Limitations Begins to Run Out in Murders of Hundreds of Women
QUOTE: At a time when U.S. prosecutors are resurrecting Civil Rights-era murder cases -- some more than 40 years old -- Mexico is closing murder cases forever after 14 years. With each passing day, it appears likely that a legal technicality may end a quest to unravel a string of slayings that shocked the world.
Washington Post May 07, 2007 An American's Kafkaesque Encounter With Nicaragua's Justice System
QUOTE: To the natives of this picturesque Pacific Coast village, a budding magnet for tourists and retirees from the United States, there is no doubt that Volz is guilty...But court documents, along with interviews with witnesses and lawyers, suggest the verdict was heavily influenced by small-town passions and a desire for swift justice.
Washington Post Apr 17, 2007 US evangelicals aim to influence European law: In a German court battle, a home-schooled girl was taken from her parents and put in psychiatric ward.
QUOTE: The Busekros case is emblematic of the growing effort by US Christian legal organizations to take the "culture wars" overseas. Pushing back against a perceived assault on their values by an increasingly secular society, the groups are striving to influence European law on issues ranging from home schooling to stem-cell research to gay marriage.
Christian Science Monitor Jan 02, 2007 The Way We Live Now: Not the Case
QUOTE: The often circuslike atmosphere of [Hussein's] trial, as well as the murder of three defense lawyers, led groups like Human Rights Watch to condemn the tribunal as flawed and illegitimate.... Since its inception, the tribunal has been haunted by a fundamental problem that bedevils the new Iraqi government more generally: the nature and origin of its authority.
New York Times Dec 31, 2006 Rush to Hang Hussein Was Questioned
QUOTE: the Americans who questioned the political wisdom — and justice — of expediting the execution, in ways that required Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki to override constitutional and religious precepts that might have assured Mr. Hussein a more dignified passage to his end.
New York Times Dec 15, 2006 Israeli High Court Backs Military On Its Policy of 'Targeted Killings'
QUOTE: Israel's high court upheld Thursday the military's right to assassinate members of groups the state defines as terrorist organizations, but cautioned that such operations should always be weighed first against the potential harm to civilian bystanders and the human rights of the target.
Washington Post Oct 19, 2006 Muslim scholars write the pope - and everyone else
QUOTE: Thirty-eight Muslim scholars from 20 countries sent a letter to Pope Benedict XVI urging mutual tolerance and respect over the weekend, and 500 prominent Muslims signed a religious ruling rejecting violence against civilians on Tuesday. Neither got much publicity. But when Al Qaeda's No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahiri, issues his latest bloodcurdling threat it dominates the airwaves.
Christian Science Monitor Sep 20, 2006 Government Ousts Chief Judge in Hussein Trial
QUOTE: The Iraqi government ordered the chief judge in the genocide trial of Saddam Hussein to step down Tuesday because he said last week that Hussein was "not a dictator," prompting legal experts to voice concern that the dismissal could undermine the independence of the tribunal hearing the case.
Washington Post Sep 13, 2006 Judge accused of favouring Saddam
QUOTE: The chief prosecutor in the genocide trial of Saddam Hussein has called for the judge to stand down, saying he is biased towards the former Iraqi leader.
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Aug 29, 2006 Times Withholds Web Article in Britain
QUOTE: In adapting technology intended for targeted advertising to keep the article out of Britain, The Times addressed one of the concerns of news organizations publishing online: how to avoid running afoul of local publishing laws...“It’s never a happy choice to deny any reader a story,” said Jill Abramson,“But this was preferable to not having it on the Web at all.”
New York Times Aug 16, 2006 Can Criminals Hide in Churches? On the tradition of religious sanctuary.
QUOTE: Religious institutions in America don't have special permission to harbor criminals or protect them from the government. That hasn't stopped pastors from trying...In 2005, Congress passed a law that gives religious groups a limited right to recruit illegal aliens as church volunteers or missionaries.
Slate May 26, 2006 Loading the iPod With Egalitarianism: French Bills Have Firms Singing Blues
QUOTE: songs downloaded from Apple's online music store embedded with code that prevents them from being played on anything other than an iPod....French lawmakers say their bill is enlightened consumerism for cutting-edge technology, an effort to force Apple and other companies to freely compete, rather than relying on techno-secrets to crush the competition.
Washington Post Mar 30, 2006 Doctor in India Jailed for Telling Sex of a Fetus
QUOTE: An Indian law passed in 1994 bars doctors from using ultrasound tests on pregnant women to determine the sex of the fetus...
New York Times Mar 18, 2006 High Crimes, or A Tokin' Figure: Canadians Find the 'Prince of Pot' Harmless. The DEA Begs to Differ.
QUOTE: Emery's arrest for extradition on U.S. "drug kingpin" charges, carrying a minimum sentence of 10 years to life in prison, outraged many in Canada. They resented the long reach of America's law and what they saw as the United States' fevered preoccupation with pot.
Washington Post Dec 28, 2005 Rule by Law | No Verdict: When Chinese Sue the State, Cases Are Often Smothered
QUOTE: China's legal system often hands down verdicts that the powerless consider unfair. But a bigger problem is that courts often refuse to issue any verdict at all - or even acknowledge that some bothersome legal complaints exist.
New York Times
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