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Rule of Law

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.

Medical Insurance Price Controls: Disaster on the Horizon

Marty Robins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marty Robins

Experience tells us that a far better approach is to avoid interference with market forces and provide direct public assistance for those most in need. All states need to heed this lesson.

Kagame's American Political Prisoner

Robert Amsterdam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Amsterdam

Erlinder may hold political opinions at the fringes of the debate. However, to see this man consigned to unlawful imprisonment by the lowest elements of the Kagame sycophants because of his political views is a grave disappointment.

Israeli Military Commander Acts As a Dictator Towards Palestinians

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The Israelis are showing that the original Zionist theory of lusting for the land, without its people, continues to be the main pillar of this right-wing Israeli government.

Why America Suffers From One Catastrophe After Another and Why It Will Keep Happening

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anis Shivani

9/11. Enron. Katrina. Wall Street. The BP spill. There seems no end to it, and the reactions are always parallel. Obama is no different in how h...

Elena Kagan: Bench the Judge-Umpire Analogy

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

Chief Justice Roberts declared during his confirmation hearing that "Judges are like umpires... Umpires don't make the rules; they apply them." There are three strikes against this analogy.

Joel Klein's ongoing defiance of the rule of law

Leonie Haimson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Leonie Haimson

On Friday, Judge Joan Lobis of the New York State Supreme Court nullified Chancellor Klein's decisions to close 19 middle and high schools in New York...

The Long, Long March: Civil Society in China

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tom Doctoroff

We will know Chinese society is becoming more civil when the economic/human interests of individuals are accepted as not "good" or "bad" or "right" or "wrong" but inextricably linked with sustainable, rational economic growth.

Why We Need the Guantanamo Lawyers

Jesse Larner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jesse Larner

Without the rule of law, without fair trials even for the despised, there is nothing else that can be called civilization, nothing else that civilized people can live, fight, or die for.

Political Haiku: Are We Accomplices Now?

Frank Dwyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Dwyer

"Poor judgment": me, too! I was against torture, but I voted for . . . yoo. Our long national nightmare is still over, right? Nah, doin' jus' fine....

Open Season on Lawyers in Russia

Robert Amsterdam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Amsterdam

In recent years, dozens of lawyers have been forced into prison, out of the country, or worse. Yet despite these outrages, and the fraud schemes they're associated with, not a thing is being done to stop this.

Are You Brainwashed? 7 Principles For Free Government

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

Precisely because Americans are easily distracted -- because, as study after study shows, they are clueless about their rights -- the American governmental scheme is sliding ever closer toward authoritarianism.

Central America's Rule of Law: Guatemala Captures Portillo But Honduras Rewards Micheletti

Daniel Altschuler | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daniel Altschuler

For decades, impunity has reined in Central America. Dictatorial rule, coups, murder, and genocide have, for the most part, gone unpunished. This mont...

What Kind of Global Player Does Brazil Want to Be?

Robert Amsterdam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Amsterdam

Brazil is impressive to international observers for its economic growth, low inflation, and firmly established democratic institutions. But the question remains: what kind role in the world does Brazil want to play?

The Murder of Russian Rule of Law

Robert Amsterdam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Amsterdam

Late on Monday the Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky suffered a rupture of the abdominal membrane causing death. How many more dead Russians will it take before the world takes notice?