July 19, 2017 nº 1.886 - Vol. 14

“Blessed is the man, who having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact.”

George Eliot

_____________

Read Migalhas LatinoAmérica in Spanish every Tuesday and Thursday. Visit the website at www.migalhas.com/latinoamerica

_____________

  • Top News

Let Obamacare fail - Trump's new plan

Trump has said the new Republican healthcare policy should be to allow the current law to collapse. "I'm not going to own it," Trump told reporters of Obamacare, "I can tell you the Republicans are not going to own it." Support for the Republican Senate bill fell apart on Monday when two more senators said they could not back it. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer saidTrump was "playing a dangerous game" with the US healthcare system. "He is actively, actively trying to undermine the healthcare system in this country using millions of Americans as political pawns in a cynical game", Schumer said. The Senate should vote early next week on a motion for repealing Obamacare only. But with at least three Republicans against the plan B, it is probably doomed, too.

_____________

100% Migalhas: www.migalhas.com

_____________

  • MiMIC Journal

Is WhatsApp being censored in China?

Users of the encrypted messaging service WhatsApp have reported disruptions in China, prompting censorship claims. Many reported that voice messaging and pictures wouldn't send without a virtual private network (VPN) to circumvent China's censorship filters.
The seemed to be working normally on Wednesday morning, but there have been more interruptions since then. The disruptions come as China clamps down on online platforms.

US and Chinese executives to meet on nations’ economic relations

A meeting of more than 20 business leaders from the United States and China will focus on issues that trouble economic relations between the countries.

_____________

Tell your friends and colleagues you've read it in Migalhas International

_____________

  • Brief News

New law allows identification of suspects by photo as evidence

Legislation that overhauls aspects of how law enforcement conducts eyewitness identification of suspects allows photo arrays at trials in New York state.

Polish president offers courts compromise

Polish President Andrzej Duda has proposed a compromise over contentious court reforms, as thousands of people protested in the capital Warsaw. Parliament recently approved a bill to give MPs the power to select members of the body that nominates judges. Opponents say the move would erode the independence of the judiciary. Duda proposed that nominations to the body would need more than a simple majority in parliament.

US imposes fresh sanctions on Iran over missile tests

The US has announced fresh sanctions against Iran over its ballistic missile programme and what it says is Iran's support for terror organizations. The US state department said 18 entities or individuals would be affected by the new measures. It said all 18 had supported Iran's ballistic missile program or the elite Republican Guards Corps. The statement also criticized Iran's support for the Syrian government and groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas. "The United States remains deeply concerned about Iran's malign activities across the Middle East, which undermine regional stability, security and prosperity," it added. Iran has vowed to retaliate against the new sanctions.

Venezuela denounces 'imperialist' US sanctions threat

The Venezuelan government says it will hold elections for a controversial constituent assembly despite the threat of US sanctions. The assembly would have the power to rewrite the constitution and to bypass the opposition-controlled legislature. On Monday, Trump said he would take "economic actions" if the constituent assembly went ahead. Trump also called President Maduro "a bad leader who dreams of becoming a dictator". Venezuelan Foreign Minister Samuel Moncada denounced Trump's words as an "insolent threat".

Federal appeals court upholds gag order on FBI surveillance requests

A US appeals court ruled on Monday that a nondisclosure requirement in the National Security Letters (NSL) law does not conflict with the First Amendment. Therefore the court also concluded that private companies that are issued an NSL by the FBI must also follow the nondisclosure requirement if the letter contains it in that case. The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit heard the case with Judge Sandra Ikuta delivering the unanimous opinion. The court held that the nondisclosure requirement is a content-based restriction therefore subject to strict scrutiny, but it also survives that scrutiny. "We therefore conclude that the 2015 NSL law is narrowly tailored to serve a compelling government interest, both as to inclusiveness and duration. Accordingly, we hold that the nondisclosure requirement in § 2709(c) survives strict scrutiny." There has been no decision by the plaintiff parties in this case on if they plan to appeal to the US Supreme Court.

Arbitration provision emerges as flashpoint in Nafta overhaul

A day after the Trump administration unveiled its objectives for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, representatives of US businesses and labor sparred over the merits of the arbitration system contained in the pact.

US calls for smaller deficits in new NAFTA talks

The US government says trade deficits and market access will top the agenda as it renegotiated trade terms with Mexico and Canada. Trump has described the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as a "disaster" and ordered fresh talks earlier this year. The objectives have been released in advance of the start of meetings with Canada and Mexico next month. Economists have warned that reaching the goals might be difficult.

Philippines president asks congress to extend martial law until end of year

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte asked Congress on Tuesday to extend his order of martial law for the lower third of the country. Duterte declared martial law on the island of Mindanao in May when heavily armed militants linked to the Islamic State took over large parts of Marawi City, a provincial capital in the predominantly Roman Catholic country. More than 500 people have been killed in the fighting that has taken place since the take-over. The 60-day proclamation is due to expire on July 22 but Duterte contends that the rebellion that justified the declaration will not be quelled by then. Duterte requested that Congress, which is scheduled to reconvene for its regular session July 24, hold a special session to discuss the proposed extension. Opposition lawmakers question Duterte's motivation behind the extension and feel that the move is unjustified calling it a "whimsical proposal that has no substantive grounds."

Russia Supreme Court upholds ban on Jehovah's Witnesses

The Russian Supreme Court on Monday upheld its ruling ordering the disbanding of the Jehovah's Witnesses. In denying an appeal by the Jehovah's Witnesses, the Supreme Court affirmed that their previous ruling will remain in place and unchanged.

Venezuelans vote to reject plan for constitutional rewrite

Millions of Venezuelans voted on Sunday to reject President Nicolás Maduro's plan to rewrite the nation's constitution. The non-binding referendum was organized by the country's opposition activists. More than 7 million individuals, roughly one-third of Venezuela's registered voters, took part with over 98 percent rejecting Maduro's plan. Many have accused the efforts for a constitutional rewrite to be undemocratic and a way to suppress the months of anti-government protests against Maduro's presidency.

Election law experts divided over Trump Jr. meeting was illegal

Did Donald Trump Jr. violate federal law when he accepted a meeting with Russian individuals under the pretense of obtaining from them opposition research on Hillary Clinton compiled by the Kremlin? His father, President Trump, certainly doesn't think so, and has argued that a presidential campaign in a similar position would have taken the meeting, which occurred in June 2016, as he was preparing to formally accept the GOP nomination. At least one prominent Republican election lawyer in Washington, Charlie Spies, agrees with the president on the issue of whether Donald Trump Jr. broke the law or ran afoul of Federal Election Commission regulations.

US, Russia remain at odds over seized compounds

US and Russian diplomats failed to come to an agreement over the return of Russian Embassy compounds that were seized by the Obama administration in late December as punishment for Moscow’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.

______

How are we doing ?

We would like to hear from you how we perform. What you like and what we should change or add… Send us an email; we aim to please!

Tell your friends and associates…

to subscribe to Migalhas International! www.migalhas.com

Express yourself

Want to share your opinion, your experience, your questions ? You are welcome to do so. This forum is yours. Please contact the editor: michael@migalhas.com

Events

We welcome information about your events or conferences to come. Please contact the editor.

Sponsors

Become a sponsor. Spread your name in the business and legal spheres around the world in Migalhas International.

Subscription

To subscribe: Register your name and your address at http://www.migalhas.com

To unsubscribe: Send your name and e-mail address to in the subject line. We will remove your name soonest.

Address changes: If you want to continue to receive Migalhas International, please make sure we have your current e-mail address.

Contact

Michael Ghilissen, editor:michael@migalhas.com

Miguel Matos, publisher: miguel@migalhas.com.br

Please feel free to send your comments, questions and suggestions to the editor.

Your comments

We always welcome information, articles, testimonials, opinions and comments about something you've read in Migalhas International. Please forward your contributions to the editor.

Confidentiality

When you add your name to Migalhas International, you can be sure that it's confidential. We do not share, trade, rent or sell this list. Our "privacy policy" contains no fine print. No one gets our list. Period. Your e-mail address is safe with us.

Sharing Migalhas International

If you'd like to share this Migalhas International with friends and colleagues, feel free to forward this issue including the copyright notice. Or, invite them to subscribe so they receive their own Migalhas International every week.

Sources

The content of the Migalhas International newsletter is edited for purposes of news reporting, comments and education from several sources, including: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The London Times, Le Monde, Frankfurter Allgemeine, The Financial Times, Radio Netherlands Worldwide, Google News, International Herald Tribune, Paper Chase (jurist.law.pitt.edu), The World Press Review: http://www.worldpress.org, Forbes, Fortune, Time, Newsweek, Harvard Business Review, American Bar Association, American Lawyer Media, FindLaw.com, The National Law Journal, Reuters, Associated Press, Internet Business Law Services, Folha de S. Paulo, O Estado do S. Paulo, Lexis Nexis, West Law, CNN, The Globe and Mail, The Los Angeles Times, Wikipedia and more.

Fair use notice

This newsletter contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of legal, environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material in this newsletter is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes.

The messages that appear in this newsletter are for informational purposes only. They are not intended to be and should not be considered legal advice nor substitute for obtaining legal advice from competent, independent, legal counsel in the relevant jurisdiction.

Transmission of this information is not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. The information contained on this list may or may not reflect the most current legal developments.

www.migalhas.com

Copyright 2017 - Migalhas International