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Rule of Law

Biden in Turkey: Holding the Line on Human Rights

Melissa Hooper | Posted 08.23.2016 | World
Melissa Hooper

This week, Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Turkey to meet with President Erdogan and Prime Minister Yildirim. This is one of the last opportunities for the Obama Administration to emphasize face-to-face how important it is to honor human rights and rule of law in the wake of the attempted coup of July 15.

Beware the Coup Apologists: Democracy Double Standards

Atif Choudhury | Posted 07.18.2016 | World
Atif Choudhury

As a global community, we always have to aspire for the rule of law and democracy. We always have to side with the people and their representatives, rather than those who would use force against the former to achieve their aims.

Justice Thomas' Abortion Dissent And The Decline Of The Rule of Law

Evan Bernick | Posted 07.11.2016 | Politics
Evan Bernick

The rule of law is in decline and the Supreme Court is to blame. So argued Justice Clarence Thomas in a powerful dissent in Whole Woman's Health v. He...

BREXIT: Lessons of History Applied by UK's Patriots

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 06.29.2016 | World
Natasha Srdoc

After all the noise, threats, doomsday scenarios and cataclysmic prognosis by political pundits and elitists, the only relevant argument in the BREXIT victory is the self-determination by the British people.

In Poland, U.S. Should Emphasize Link Between Rule of Law, Civil Society, Security

Melissa Hooper | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
Melissa Hooper

Over the weekend, tens of thousands turned out in Warsaw to protest the Polish government's recently-instituted policies that are hampering the work o...

The Chinese Know That

Frank H. Wu | Posted 06.07.2016 | Education
Frank H. Wu

The Chinese know better than we do the problems their nation faces. I was chatting with a student from China. She was interviewing me for a program on...

Muhammad #Ali's Humility, My Greatest Lesson

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 06.04.2016 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Muhammad Ali defined my assimilation as an American and growth as global citizen. He was so different that we might have expected him to go to the grave screaming of his greatness. However, we all saw a piece of ourselves in him, and his greatest character strength was that he saw in everyone he met a connection to the higher.

The Rule of Law According to Trump

Miles J. Zaremski | Posted 06.04.2016 | Politics
Miles J. Zaremski

As Garp prognosticated 38 years ago, his (Trump's) "rule of law" shows a terminal condition of thought brought on by his view of the reality in which he believes he is master of all and, in turn, all then are subservient in deeds, thoughts, investigation, logic, honesty, and charity, to himself. This is, in this writer's opinion, well, delusional.

Why Advancing the Rule of Law Is Good for Business... and the World

Michael Walsh | Posted 05.25.2016 | Business
Michael Walsh

War zones represent the most extreme lack of rule of law, but not the whole spectrum. According to the United Nations, an estimated 4 billion people live outside the umbrella protection of the rule of law and these people often struggle for basic, human rights. If you're picturing countries outside U.S. borders, think again.

Panama Papers: Winners and Losers

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 05.23.2016 | World
Natasha Srdoc

Tax avoidance is legal. Tax evasion is not. The U.S. tax code is full of various tax loopholes which allow taxpayers to legally avoid paying taxes. ...

A Revolution With Promises to Keep

Barbara E. Joe | Posted 05.11.2016 | World
Barbara E. Joe

Back in June 2015, at a book talk at a New York City public library, an audience member had asked me about Sirley Avila, the first time I'd ever heard her name. She had been attacked on May 24. I'd tried to find out more, but reliable information from Cuba is not easy to obtain. Now, less than one year later, here she was, sitting with me.

Yet More Republican Obfuscation on Guantánamo

Jonathan M. Hansen | Posted 04.11.2016 | Politics
Jonathan M. Hansen

The solution to the vexing moral, legal and logistical problems of Guantánamo is not to move it north but to shutter it entirely. Then and only then can we rectify a more enduring blot on the nation's global reputation by returning Guantánamo to Cuba.

G.O.P Wanted Ad: Looking For Judges To Buy

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 04.04.2016 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

If ever there was reason to end judicial selection by election, one need look no further than Kansas. The G.O.P. is seeking to replace four supreme court justices because it is unhappy with their rulings.

McCrory and House Bill 2

Harold Lloyd | Posted 04.02.2016 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

After Gov. McCrory hastily signed it, North Carolina's House Bill 2 has received considerable news coverage because of the message it sends to the LGBT community and to those who care about them. Surprisingly, however, there seems much less talk about the way the legislation targets the rest of the state as well.

Leaders From America, Europe, Israel and New Zealand Stand With Belgium's Citizens - Brussels Attacks

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 03.29.2016 | World
Natasha Srdoc

In the aftermath of the Brussels terror attacks, which killed 35 people and injured 270, leaders from the Unites States of America, Europe, Israel and...

Genocide by 'Joint Criminal Enterprise'

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 03.25.2016 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The "Genocide Convention," to which the U.S. is party, carries with it the affirmative obligation to confront the crime while still ongoing and not just to punish the perpetrators after the fact.

Victimized by the Administrative State? A U.S. Army Star Chamber

Paul Schwennesen | Posted 03.01.2016 | Divorce
Paul Schwennesen

"Hello, we're calling about your son Timothy" A quickening of the pulse. "We have received an anonymous report that you allegedly abused him" Hea...

Taking on Poland's Identity Crisis

Melissa Hooper | Posted 02.25.2016 | Politics
Melissa Hooper

Last week, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Victoria Nuland, was in Poland meeting with civil society and government le...

Weekend Roundup: Politicizing the 'Rule Of Law' in China -- And the U.S.

Nathan Gardels | Posted 02.19.2016 | World
Nathan Gardels

Ironies abound. While America is engaged in a bitter partisan battle during this election season over who will control the "non-partisan" U.S. Supreme Court, China's Communist Party authorities are arresting lawyers in the name of establishing the "rule of law." (continued)

A Cloud Hanging Over the Military Commissions

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 02.17.2016 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

It shouldn't have been such a difficult issue. After all, defendants on trial for mass murder in a death penalty case often aren't happy with how things are going. That may include being disappointed with their lawyers. But that's in federal court. The military commissions are different.

How to Square Xi's 'Rule of Law' Campaign With China's Crackdown on Lawyers

Zheng Yongnian | Posted 02.16.2016 | World
Zheng Yongnian

SINGAPORE -- At its fourth plenary of the 18th congress in October 2014, the Chinese Communist Party leadership passed an ambitious reform plan on the legal system. The party devoted this entire plenary session to discuss "rule of law" -- something unprecedented in the history of the party's plenary sessions. This act was widely interpreted as the Xi Jinping leadership's determination to build a system of "rule of law" in the country.

Military Commissions Drag on at Guantanamo While Obama Keeps Promising to Close It

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 02.15.2016 | World
Daphne Eviatar

President Obama has been saying for the past eight years that he wants to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center. Although Congress hasn't made it easy, his insistence on continuing to prosecute these cases in the military commissions only undermines the credibility of his convictions.

Croatia's Cabinet Minister Known for Anti-Semitic Views Should Resign: HDZ's Authoritarian and Corrupt Rule Must be Stopped

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 02.11.2016 | World
Natasha Srdoc

The Adriatic Institute for Public Policy and International Leaders Summit are joining Israel-based The Simon Wiesenthal Center and international groups calling for the resignation of Croatia's HDZ-Most cabinet minister Zlatan Hasanbegovic.

Who Is More American Than Donald Trump?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Without absorbing that the Constitution is the foundation of the United States, it is pointless to claim to be an American, except perhaps by coincidence of birth.

Saudi Executions: Beyond the Numbers

Halim Shebaya | Posted 01.12.2016 | World
Halim Shebaya

Every nation that proclaims the rule of law at home must respect it abroad and every nation that insists on it abroad must enforce it at home. - Kofi...