August 5, 2003 n° 1.

"The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact, non-Westerners never do."

Samuel P. Huntington

  • Top stories

Harvard Posting Nuremberg Trial Documents

Harvard Law School is planning to put more than a million documents from the Nuremberg trials on the Internet, allowing ready access to records of hearings into the war crimes of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich. Read more

WorldCom blasts AT&T 

Bankrupt US telecoms firm WorldCom has accused its rival AT&T of deliberately sabotaging its attempt to survive. "Their filing makes sensational accusations wholly unsupported by evidence or law". Read more

Justices Give Their Blessing to Gay Adoptions 

The California Supreme Court legitimized as many as 20,000 adoptions that had been placed in limbo by a lower court ruling. At issue was the use of second-parent adoptions by same-sex couples. "Our explicitly recognizing their validity will prevent uncertainty, conflict and protracted litigation in this area, all of which plainly are harmful to children caught in the middle," Justice Kathryn Mickle Werdegar.

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Outplacement

A disgraced Jean-Marie Messier departed Vivendi Universal after bringing the media conglomerate, via a debt-financed acquisition spree, to the brink of bankruptcy. So what's he up to now? Word is he's busy running something called Messier Partners, a New York-based advisory boutique for chief executives looking for advice on mergers and acquisitions. Forbes. Read more

  • News in brief

Brazil reaches deal on pension reform

Brazilian government leaders in Congress approved on Tuesday night the controversial reform of the public sector pensions system. The government was forced to give ground on a number of key elements in the reform. A salary ceiling for state judges was set at a higher level than the government proposed (85,5%); retired workers receiving up to five times the minimum wage, currently R$1,200 (US$400) a month, wore exempted from social security contributions; and civil servants will be able to retire on full pay of up to 10 times the minimum wage.

Pope's personal orders: no gay marriage...

Pope launched a global campaign against gay marriage, calling such unions "evil" and "deviant." Most gay couples have no interest in a Catholic marriage, but rather seek legal recognition of their union that would entitle them to equal rights in taxes, inheritance, and other civil matters. 

...but Church delays examination of gay bishop

On the other hand, Anglican bishops postpone a vote to confirm America's first openly gay bishop amid allegations of misconduct.

Powell Calls Report of His Departure 'Nonsense'

The Post said Powell, a retired four-star general and former chairman of the U.S. military Joint Chiefs of Staff, had  indicated to associates he would leave for personal reasons  rather than policy differences. "It's nonsense. I don't know what they are talking about. And therefore the story has no source or basis in the beginning; and most of it is just all gossip and speculation.” Powell said.

Model agencies sued over price fixing

Manhattan’s Elite and Ford may be sued by thousands of models after a US judge ruled that they may be guilty of conspiring to cheat their clients by charging inflated commission fees of 20% instead of 10%.

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World Press Review

Africa

Kibaki unveils  new government set-up

Daily Nation, Independent daily of Nairobi, Kenya

Taylor will be 'gone by Monday'

Mail & Gyardian, Liberal daily of Johannesburg, South Africa

Specialists explain growing lesbianism in Uganda

Panapress, Pan-African news agency of Dakar, Senegal

'N/Assembly Should Supervise INEC'

This Day, Independent daily of Lagos, Nigeria

Americas

Powell gives his notice — maybe

The Globe and Mail, Centrist daily of Toronto, Canada

State hunts for Cash Pot fakes -  Gaming commission drafting   summonses for 119 vendors

Jamaica Gleaner, Centrist daily of Kingston, Jamaica

Mediaguas multiplican la solidaridad juvenil

El Mercurio, Conservative daily of Santiago, Chile

No hay acuerdo en la Corte sobre las leyes de amnistía

La Nacion, Conservative daily of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Ponen 'piedras' a campesinos

Reforma, Independent daily of Mexico City, Mexico

Asia-Pacific

Hyundai Asan Chairman Commits Suicide

The Chosun Ilbo, Conservative daily of Seoul, South Korea

Makiko Tanaka avoids prosecution over secretary salary scam

Mainichi Daily News, Centrist daily of Tokyo, Japan

Kit Siang demands fresh probe into Ling files

MalaysiaKini, Independent, online publication of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Four Singaporeans among those hurt in Jakarta blast

The Strait Times, Pro-government daily of Singapore

10 dead, 100 injured in Jakarta hotel attack

The Sydney Morning Herald, Centrist daily of Sydney, Australia

Immigration Office Imposes Three Sanctions against US Journalist William Nessen

Tempo, Independent weekly of Jakarta, Indonesia

Tests reveal pesticides in Coke, Pepsi, Mirinda

The Times of India, Conservative daily of New Delhi

China reports progress in lunar prospecting satellite research

Xinhua News, Government-owned news agency of Beijing, China

Europe

Isakov: accused officials should walk away

B92, Independent TV and Radio Station, Belgrade, Serbia

No.10 'sorry' for Kelly slur

The Daily Telegraph, Conservative daily of London, England

Funds to raise premiums

Frankfurter Allgemeine, Conservative daily of Frankfurt, Germany

No 10 apology for Kelly blunder

The Guardian, Liberal daily of London, England

Only about 20% of Russians are healthy - minister

Interfax, Government-owned news agency, Moscow, Russia

Canicule et sécheresse, un double choc exceptionnel

Le Monde, Liberal daily of Paris, France

A Whiz at Black PR Stirs Up a Storm

The Moscow Times, Independent, English-language daily of Moscow, Russia

What About the Azerbaijani President?

Pravda, Communist daily of Moscow, Russia

No 10 admits attempt to smear Dr Kelly

The Scotsman, Centrist daily of Edinburgh, Scotland

Bosses will be fined for workers' stress

The Times, Conservative daily of London, England

Middle East

Move to Establish National Dialogue Center Welcomed

Arab News, Pro-government, English-language daily of Jidda, Saudi Arabia

Campaign Planned Against Israeli Wall

Arabia.com, Independent online news portal of Amman, Jordan

Lahoud urges bankers to keep system stable

The Daily Star, Independent, English-language daily of Beirut, Lebanon

339 Palestinians to be freed Wed. afternoon; high alert at prisons

Haaretz, Liberal daily of Tel Aviv, Israel

Iran supports a stable government in Afghanistan: Kharrazi

IRNA, Government-owned news agency of Tehran, Iran

Poll: Majority of Palestinians support cease-fire

The Jerusalem Post, Conservative daily of Jerusalem, Israel

Magazines review

The Am Law Second Hundred: Succeeding Differently.

The American Lawyer – August 2003

Thanks to focus and geography, some Second Hundred firms outpaced The Am Law 100. And on average they had a pretty good year in 2002, even when measured against their bigger counterparts.

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The Top 100: A Breed Apart.

Barron’s - August 4, 2003

Meet the fund managers who add real value

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Gulp! Yahoo and Overture Are Only The Beginning

Business 2.0 - August 2003

The tech industry is poised for a major eat-or-be-eaten phase. Who di nes, and who's bait? The answers will reshape the IT landscape -- and dictate much about the future of jobs and investment.

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Defending Privacy: For Every Attack, a Defense

Business Week Online

Yes, it's a grueling battle. However, as threats pop up constantly on fronts old and new, concerned citizens and like-minded legislators quickly parry

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Flying High: The Tenth Annual GC Compensation Survey

Corporate Counsel – August 2003

Salaries and bonuses soared for the 100 best-paid CLOs, but they had to work harder for it. In 2002, the economy tanked, the stock market dipped, and corporate scandals dominated the headlines. But the nation's 100 best-paid chief legal officers forged ahead. They got fatter raises - an average of 9 percent, with a combined salary and bonus sailing past the $1 million mark.

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The Great Defender

IP Law & Business – August 2003

Eli Lilly GC Robert Armitage spends his days stumping for the pharmaceutical industry.

Late last year, he was promoted to a post very few patent lawyers ever achieve -- general counsel to a Fortune 500 company. Armitage's promotion "is something that happens once in a lifetime,"

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Latin American Law and Business Report – August 2003

New laws affecting foreign investors in Venezuela. Methods and costs for importing software into Argentina. Argentina's new antitrust legislation. Brazil's central bank permits more flexibility in project financing

The Most Powerful People in Business

Fortune – August 11, 2003

The 25 people whose power gives them the ability to affect the behavior of other people—whether in a company, an industry, or the world at large.

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