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Roger Alford
Roger Alford is Professor of Law and Associate Dean at Notre Dame Law School.

Entries by Roger Alford

The Senate Torture Report as a Truth Commission

(1) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 5:23 PM

It so happens that I have been researching the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission at the same time that the Senate has published an alarming report of abuse and torture committed by Americans in the name of national security. Without equating South African apartheid with the Bush administration's policies...

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The Day Mandela Was Free

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 5:10 PM

The drive from Paarl to Cape Town was only forty-five minutes. The plan was for Nelson Mandela to address the world at the Grand Parade, the great public square adjacent to the Fort of Good Hope, where South Africa's founding father Jan van Riebeck had established a toehold for the...

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Kentucky Coal Industry Still Packs Political Punch

(28) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 3:14 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's beleaguered coal industry, suffering under economic conditions that have cost the jobs of some 2,000 miners over the past year, isn't so feeble after all.

Just ask U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, the Democrat from Versailles who was pummeled in last week's general election by coal-backed...

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Mountaintop Removal Aerial Surveillance: Coal Operations Have Been Watched For Past 4 Years

(89) Comments | Posted July 13, 2012 | 4:27 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Government inspectors have been keeping a close eye on coal operators through aerial surveillance in central Appalachia, a region that's been the center of debate over so-called mountaintop removal mining.

The Kentucky Division of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement has spent more than $477,000 over the past...

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EPA Hearing On Kentucky Coal Mining Draws Hundreds Of Demonstrators

(9) Comments | Posted June 6, 2012 | 11:53 AM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Hundreds of coal miners took part in a demonstration Tuesday in Frankfort, Ky., claiming that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's hold on 36 mine permits is costing them needed jobs in a fragile economy.

Environmentalists, meanwhile, urged the EPA to stand its ground because they believe...

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Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant Will Stay Open For Another Year Under DOE Deal

(17) Comments | Posted May 16, 2012 | 2:17 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant will continue operating for another year and preserve 1,200 jobs, at least temporarily, under a deal announced Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu said the beleaguered plant that was set to close later this year will...

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Thousands Of Kentucky Coal Miners Found Using Drugs

(148) Comments | Posted February 23, 2012 | 2:24 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — More than 1,500 coal miners have tested positive for drug use since Kentucky began screenings six years ago, a state attorney told lawmakers on Wednesday, and he urged lawmakers to close legal loopholes that can allow miners who test positive to return to their jobs within...

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United States v. One White, Crystal-Covered "Bad Tour" Glove

(1) Comments | Posted October 18, 2011 | 5:21 PM

The United States has finally decided to seize Michael Jackson's glove. Not that it has anything against Michael Jackson. The owner of the glove, however, is another matter. Teodorin Nguema Obiang, the son of Equatorial Guinea's dictator, has a thing for Michael Jackson memorabilia. He also has a taste for...

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Women Activists in Africa and Middle East Win Nobel Peace Prize

(1) Comments | Posted October 9, 2011 | 1:01 PM

"The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2011 is to be divided in three equal parts between Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee, and Tawakkul Karman for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peace-building work. We...
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Haley Barbour: EPA Is Over-Regulating Coal

(52) Comments | Posted February 18, 2011 | 9:44 AM

LEXINGTON, Ky. — On a visit to coal country, potential Republican presidential candidate Haley Barbour says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is over-regulating coal.

The Mississippi governor spoke privately Thursday to a group of Kentucky coal executives. He told The Associated Press afterward that the EPA under the Obama administration...

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Labor Standards: There's an App for That

(7) Comments | Posted May 27, 2010 | 12:45 PM

The news coming out of China of ten suicide deaths at Foxconn industrial park is terribly distressing. All of the workers who committed suicide were recent high school or vocational training school graduates between the ages of 18 and 24. One of the fatalities, Sun Danyong, jumped to his death...

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Rand Paul REPLACES Campaign Manager With Former Ron Paul Aide

(812) Comments | Posted May 26, 2010 | 4:15 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Rand Paul has hired one of his father's former aides to manage his campaign for the U.S. Senate.

Jesse Benton, who was communications director for former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul's last campaign, replaces David Adams as campaign manager.

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O What a Rogue and Peasant State Am I!

(5) Comments | Posted March 12, 2008 | 11:23 PM

Now I am alone. O what a rogue and peasant slave am I! Is it not monstrous that this player here, But in a fiction, in a dream of passion, Could force his soul so to his own conceit, That from her working all his visage wann'd, Tears in his...
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How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love Preemptive Strikes

(3) Comments | Posted March 8, 2007 | 4:38 PM

The UCLA nuclear threats conference concluded Wednesday with plenty of talk about the threat of Iran, North Korea, and nuclear terrorism. But there was very little support for a preemptive military response. Effective diplomacy was the coin of the realm. Former Defense Secretary William Perry chastised the Bush Administration...

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The Awful New Arithmetic of the Atomic Bomb

(25) Comments | Posted March 7, 2007 | 1:31 PM

"We are racing towards an unprecedented nuclear catastrophe." That's how former Clinton Administration Defense Secretary William Perry put it yesterday in a speech at UCLA. "Our greatest threat is a terrorist nuclear strike. A primitive bomb could result in 100,000 deaths and huge economic, social, and political costs." Perry warned...

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