March 14, 2016 nº 1,719 - Vol. 13

"The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate."

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UN: cooperation among judges vital to uphold rule of law

Cooperation among judges is vital to combating terrorism and upholding the rule of law around the world, UN officials said Thursday. In an effort to "[promote] counter-terrorism measures within the human rights and legal frameworks," the UN brought together Supreme Court justices from around the world at an event sponsored by the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED). The justices presented in interactive panels, sharing the particular challenges of upholding the laws of their nations in the face of terror. In order to alleviate some challenges, the justices also discussed ways to prevent wrongdoers from utilizing loopholes in the law of one nation to perpetrate terroristic acts in another. The discussions were held as part of CTED's partnership with the Global Center on Cooperative Security and the South Asia Judges Project, and was one of a series of workshops attended by representatives of the members of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation.

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China to set up maritime "judicial center"

China's Supreme Court is setting up its own international maritime "judicial center" to handle territorial disputes. The top court gave few details in its announcement, but said the center would help China become a "maritime power". Beijing is locked in disputes with its neighbors over claims in the resource-rich South China Sea, with tensions raised in recent months over China's aggressive land reclamation.


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  • Brief News

Mass anti-president protest in Brazil

Huge crowds have taken to the streets across Brazil calling for President Dilma Rousseff to resign. Opponents blame Rousseff for a severe recession and a corruption scandal also engulfing her predecessor, Lula. She has said she has no intention of resigning but her opponents hope a large turnout on the streets will lead to her impeachment. She faces charges over masking the budget deficit, which she denies. Crowds in Sao Paulo at the peak of the march reached 1.4 million, the city's state security office said. Smaller marches took place in many cities across the country.

Angela Merkel's CDU suffers German state election setbacks

The party of German Chancellor Angela Merkel has suffered defeats in two of three states holding regional elections, exit polls suggest. The anti-migrant AfD achieved gains in all three states, exit polls indicate. The elections were seen as a test of support for Chancellor Merkel's policy of accommodating refugees. More than a million migrants and refugees entered Germany in 2015.

Trump’s long trail of litigation

Trump, the Republican presidential front-runner, has faced hundreds of lawsuits during his long business career. A Wall Street Journal analysis of federal and state court filings shows that he and his companies also have filed a multitude of lawsuits against others when things haven’t gone their way—or to help them get what they want. Litigation isn’t unusual for resolving business disputes or enforcing contracts, particularly in the real-estate industry. It is difficult to determine whether Mr. Trump files more lawsuits than others with similarly broad business interests. “Trump clearly has an affinity for filing lawsuits, partly because he owns a lot of businesses,” said James Copland, director of legal policy at the Manhattan Institute, a conservative-leaning think tank that is seeking to overhaul the legal system. Most troubling, he said, is “where he is using litigation as a bullying tactic” against individuals. “You have been threatening frivolous lawsuits for your entire adult life.” Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said in a news conference. “Even in the annals of frivolous lawsuits, this takes the cake.”

Pilot confidentiality 'should be relaxed'

French investigators have called for medical confidentiality to be relaxed for pilots, in the wake of last year's Germanwings disaster. Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz was urged by a doctor to attend psychiatric hospital weeks before he crashed the plane on 24 March 2015, but his employer was never alerted, their final report says. All 150 people on board died as Flight 9525 hit a mountain in the French Alps. Investigators believe Lubitz brought down the plane deliberately. He had been suffering from severe depression, they said, but doctors had been unable to disclose this. Strict German laws on protecting confidentiality are balanced by provisions protecting anyone who acts to prevent an immediate danger. Countries including Canada, Israel and Norway have specific laws on confidentiality for pilots.

Millions of voters are sending a message: our economic framework is rotten

In Washington, there's actually a broad consensus about economic growth. These ideas have held sway for decades: globalization is inevitable, technology boosts productivity, immigration brings in fresh talent, trade deals spur growth. Of course, Democrats and Republicans disagree on the details, but the framework has remained solid regardless of who holds power in the White House or Congress. But outside of Washington, millions of Americans are not living in a Big Picture or a Framework. They are living in houses that have lost value, in cities where they don't trust the water pipes and where companies can suddenly announce they are moving jobs to other countries. Those workers have made it clear they want a new paradigm. No more business as usual. Many economists say the alternatives would only be worse. They point to Argentina — it was one of the world's richest nations a century ago. Then it fell behind in technological innovation and education, became politically chaotic and declined dramatically. The only way to improve the lives of average Americans is to encourage them to fit themselves into a technologically advanced, fast-changing, intensely competitive global economy. But other economists are saying Washington does need to rethink its assumptions.

UN Security Council passes resolution addressing sexual abuse by peacekeepers

The UN Security Councilpassed a resolution Friday to increase protections against sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers. The resolution was almost unanimously passed with only one country, Egypt, abstaining. The resolution would require the country where the abuse occurs to handle the issue through its own criminal justice system. A spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released a statement in support of the new measure: "The Secretary-General is pleased that the Members of the Security Council have echoed the concerns that he has been raising for months in order to shine a light on a difficult issue."

President Erdogan vows to bring terror 'to its knees'

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to bring terrorism "to its knees" after an attack in the capital Ankara that killed at least 34 people. Erdogan said the suicide car bomb would serve only to strengthen the resolve of Turkey's security forces. The explosion, in Guven Park in the Kizilay district, a key transport hub, wounded at least 125 people. Interior Minister Efkan Ala said an investigation would conclude on Monday and those responsible would be named. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but government sources are casting suspicion on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

Egyptian minister sacked for pledge to jail Prophet Muhammad

Egypt's Justice Minister Ahmed al-Zind has been sacked after boasting that he would jail Islam's Prophet Muhammad himself if the prophet broke the law. Zind made the remark in a televised interview on Friday. He immediately said "God forgive me" and apologized the following day. He was sacked by the Prime Minister, Sherif Ismail.

Sierra Leone president again blocks abortion legalization bill

Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma on Saturday again blocked a bill that would have legalized abortion in the country. The Safe Abortion Act of 2015 passed with broad support in parliament in December would repeal the Offences Against the Person Act of 1861, which only allows for abortion when the mother's health is at risk. The president, in a press release on International Woman's day, stated "[t]he definition of who is a medical practitioner among others is not clear in the Bill and we have made our comments."

Virginia legislature approves bill re-implementing electric chair

The Virginia General Assembly on Friday approved a bill that will allow for the implementation of the electric chair if lethal injection drugs are not readily available. Virginia has faced issues with obtaining lethal injection drugs as some pharmaceutical companies have declined to supply the necessary materials. According to the new bill, the Virginia Department of Corrections must make "reasonable efforts" to obtain lethal injection materials before utilizing the electric chair. The bill will now be sent to Governor Terry McAuliffe desk to be signed or vetoed. Currently, Virgina has seven inmates on death row.

Syria opposition groups to attend UN peace talks

The High Negotiations Committee (HNC), comprised of Syrian opposition groups, stated Friday that they will attend peace discussions with the Damascus government facilitated by the UN that will begin on Monday. The HNC seeks a transitional government with full executive powers, and no role for President Bashar al-Assad or his associates. These peace negotiations will likely discuss possible federal division of Syria. Last month the UN Security Council approved the Syria ceasefire plan, which has been successful so far. These peace talks will follow the first round of negotiations that failed in early February during a Russian-backed government offensive.

  • Weekly Magazine Review

The Party of Reagan Is No More

World: 32 killed, 75 wounded in Turkey car bombing

Business Week
The Incredible Rise and Final Hours of Fracking King Aubrey McClendon

The Economist
After Moore’s law: The future of computing

Der Spiegel
Die geteilte Nation


  • Daily Press Review

Turkey sacks Ankara police chief after suicide bombings
Al Jazeera, Doha, Qatar

MPs approve Osborne's budget rules
BBC News, Centrist newscaster, London, England

Israeli-Palestinian violence: What you need to know
CNN International, London, England

Heidi Klum is 'mom and a dad at the same time' since her split from Seal in 2012
Daily Mail, Conservative daily, London, England

Denmark's Princess Marie denies boob job after Her & Nu magazine claimed she had one
Daily Mail, Conservative daily, London, England

Tense times in Jerusalem
EuroNews, International news, Ecully Cedex, France

Israel seals off East Jerusalem after 'Day of Rage' attacks
France 24, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France

?? Sanat to present a rich program in its new season
Hurriyet Daily News, (Liberal, English-language), Istanbul, Turkey

'Blood moon' prompts Mormon announcement: This is NOT the end of the world
Independent The, London, England

Pompeii's pilferers punished with a curse from the gods
Telegraph The, Conservative daily, London, England

The Apprentice 2015: episode 1, live
Telegraph The, Celebrity news, London, England

Hung ouster in motion, Chu calls for party unity
China Post, English-language daily, Taipei, Taiwan

Up to 10 Million People Made Sick by Their Phones
Chosun Ilbo, Conservative daily, Seoul, South Korea

Pope Francis makes historic first US visit
Hindustan Times, New Delhi, India

Minister vows to return donations from firms involved in bid-rigging
Japan Times, Independent centrist, Tokyo, Japan

Financial services startup Square files for $275M IPO
New Zealand Herald, Conservative daily, Auckland, New Zealand

Ukraine President cancels trip over protests in eastern Ukraine
Straits Times, Pro-government, Singapore

Beat the post holiday blues
Sydney Morning Herald, Centrist daily, Sydney, Australia

Nike says expects revenue of $50 bn by 2020
The Economic Times, Business, Mumbai, India

It's official ó the 1% finally own 50% of everything
Canadian Broadcasting Centre, Toronto, Ontario

New York teen dies after beating at church during 'counselling'
Globe and Mail The, Centrist daily, Toronto, Canada

Liberty Reserve Brought Down By 'Joe Bogus': How The Feds Arrested Arthur Budovsky
International Business Times, Business news organization, New York, U.S

Wall St declines as Wal-Mart's weak forecast drags on retailers
Reuters, Business News, New York, U.S

Malaysia's embattled PM facing stern test as parliament returns
Reuters, World News, New York, U.S

Blue Jays cut lead to 2-1 against Rangers in Game 5
Toronto Star, Toronto, Ontario

US troops to help fight Boko Haram
BBC News, Centrist newscaster, London, England


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