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On August 8 2011, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit approved a lawsuit filed by citizens, Donald Vance and Nathan Ertel, regarding a case that threatened their constitutional rights. The suit was against the former Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, who authorized techniques that allowed them to endure physical and psychological torture […]
The United States, Britain, and the European Union have been the largest donors to Ethiopian development, but reports of abuse of citizens within the country and of misuse of aid have failed to initiate action from Western officials. Ethiopia receives billions of dollars in development aid annually, and recently it has been given additional emergency […]
In the past 12 months (2010-2011) there has been a wealth of news coverage on a new brand of synthetic drugs called bath salts. These drugs come in a powdery or crystal form and cause effects similar to cocaine, PCP, and ecstasy. The sale and distribution of these drugs are currently legal. The U.S. military […]
On November 22, after four hours of deliberation the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission (KLWCC) gave a unanimous guilty verdict that found Tony Blair and George W Bush guilty of crimes against peace, crimes against humanity, and genocide in relation to their roles in the invasion of Iraq. The KLWCC was a tribunal in Malaysia […]
Bride trafficking is a new practice that has developed over the last couple of decades in India. It is the practice of selling women into marriage against their will. Bride traffickers pretend to be marriage brokers, intermediaries for families in distant areas of India. They often promise arranged marriages for socio-economically vulnerable women from poor […]