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Rule of Law

Free Ai Weiwei

Bianca Jagger | Posted 06.07.2011 | World
Bianca Jagger

Ai Weiwei and his art could be a symbol of China's growing leadership in the world, but the Chinese authorities have chosen instead to try and erase him from the national and cultural memory.

Mexico's Governance at a Crossroads

Matt Brady | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Matt Brady

As a result of the Mexican government's failure to protect its citizens from expanding organized crime, Freedom House's 2011 survey downgrades Mexico from Free to Partly Free.

Without Human Rights We are Just Another Country

Peter Jan Honigsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Peter Jan Honigsberg

A government that has held prisoners for over 9 years without charges -- and now acknowledges that it will continue to hold them -- cannot pretend that it is committed to human rights.

The Legal Implications of Military Intervention in Libya

Craig Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Craig Martin

The U.S. government is well advised to proceed very cautiously in its consideration of military options in the Middle East. The unlawful use of force is no way to encourage the emergence of democracies founded upon respect for the rule of law.

The Rule of Law and China's Recent Assault on Lawyers

Elizabeth Lynch | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Elizabeth Lynch

I met Tang Jitian and was impressed with his understanding of his role in pushing the Chinese government to truly commit to a rule of law.

Good and Bad News on Jane Harman: Why Her Voice in Congress Matters

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

I wish Jane Harman well and congratulate her on her new post at the Wilson Center -- but I think it's also fair to lament some fronts where the nation will be worse off for her departure.

Amid a Turbulent Year, a Rare Sign of Hope in Pakistan

Ehsan Zaffar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ehsan Zaffar

A Pakistani movement's enduring legacy may not be in the changes it engenders in electoral politics, but in its creation of a democratic consciousness amongst all Pakistanis.

The Deportation Regime

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Arlene M. Roberts

Freedom of movement, the ability to cross borders, to create a new life in an adopted homeland is a goal to which many aspire - and even achieve. Imm...

A Glimpse Into the Sick, Twisted, and Anti-American Conservative Mind

Michael J.W. Stickings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J.W. Stickings

As you may have heard, former McCain advisor and current Palin adviser Michael Goldfarb tweeted on Wednesday that convicted terrorist Ahmed Khalfan Gh...

Magnitsky and Russia's Opportunity Cost

Robert Amsterdam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Amsterdam

Lawlessness has been working out pretty well for Putin -- when courts don't work, and when the investigators are specialized in inventing cases rather than solving crimes, the Kremlin becomes the ultimate arbiter in the system.

Corporate Tax Evasion Strategy WIll Irk Middle Class

Francine Hardaway | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Francine Hardaway

The "other half" does not have to live under the Rule of Law: rather, it makes the law. Many use the "double Irish" strategy to cut taxes. The rest of us shoulder the burden of the service cuts.

Rep. Gutierrez, Rep. Smith and the Battle for the Rule of Law

Afton Branche | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Afton Branche

In recent weeks, Reps. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and Lamar Smith (R-TX) have been engaged in an all out op-ed war, going back and forth on immigration ref...

Proud to Support the Rule of Law and Immigration, Too

Rep. Luis Gutierrez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Luis Gutierrez

Following the no compromise, "law and order" approach to immigration -- as we have done for the last two decades or more -- has yielded a lot less law and a lot less order.

Supreme Court Will Hear Ashcroft's Request To Avoid Responsibility For Unlawful Arrests Of Muslims

AP | MARK SHERMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will consider an appeal by former Attorney General John Ashcroft to throw out a lawsuit seeking to hold him perso...

The Warren Chronicles: Does This Administration Care About Following the Law?

Marty Robins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marty Robins

The President has every right to nominate Prof. Warren to run the CFPB, but must be prepared to defend the nomination like any other.

176 Reasons to Close GITMO

Luis Carlos Montalván | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Luis Carlos Montalván

If the Administration and the Army were interested in closing the Guantánamo facility while affording the detainees due process, they would move the 176 detainees to Afghanistan.

Three Out of Ten?

Dr. Philip Neches | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Dr. Philip Neches

It is often said that the Ten Commandments form the basis of our legal system. So I thought I would do a quick review to see how that founding basis fares in contemporary American legal practice.

Emergency Powers and Thailand's Internal Colonization

Robert Amsterdam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Amsterdam

The emergency decree is still in force in 10 regions in Thailand, and allows authorities shut down media, freeze bank accounts and arrest citizens with no charges.

US and EU Man in Kosovo: Is He the Chosen One or the Only Candidate Left?

Fron Nahzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Fron Nahzi

The International Court of Justice's recent ruling in favor of Kosovo's right to declare independence has opened the door for Kosovo to enter the family of sovereign states. The task falls to Kosovo's powerful Prime Minister Hashim Thaci.

Gulags American-Style: Where People Disappear

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

"The very word 'secrecy' is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to s...

All politics is local: Al-Qa'eda and the Afghanistan War

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

I am the Afghanistan Blogging Fellow for The Seminal and Brave New Foundation. You can read my work on The Seminal or at Rethink Afghanistan. The view...

The Wrong Time to Block Aid to Afghanistan

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Rep. Lowey's statement that she would not support foreign aid until there was an end to corruption is understandable. But cutting off foreign aid now is absolutely the wrong approach for the US to take in Afghanistan.

Friday Talking Points [129] -- Incrementalism Wins Big

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We're going to begin today with the news that a popular New Jersey beach is considering allowing women to sunbathe topless. And then move right on to...

Court's Decision to Overturn the Drilling Moratorium Was Just Plain Wrong

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

I hope the Obama administration's appeal on the Court's overturned drilling moratorium is in front of a judge without ties to the oil industry who understands how to interpret the law accurately and fairly.

Mexico's War on Impunity

David Perez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Perez

Mexico desperately needs a legal system that fosters economic development, protects the due process rights of criminal defendants, and functions more efficiently and transparently.