Search Results for "crimes" : 42

by / on August 2, 2012 at 11:44 am / in Opinion, World

No Longer a Family Affair

…passe in Syria, some have written in support of a measure to prohibit the UNSC from blocking action dealing with crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide. I have been hesitant to label the situation in Syria as a civil war, but over time it has become clear that this is indeed the case when the military shoots at its citizens in a systemized manner, as opposed to the non-violent track initially taken by the Egyptian and Tunisian armies….

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by / on March 18, 2010 at 7:14 am / in Content, Domestic, Issue, Judicial

Giving Up the Gun

by Illustration by Leslie Koyama On the morning of March 30, 1981, President Ronald Reagan waved to the crowd as he departs a speaking event at a Washington D.C. hotel. Grinning characteristically, he holds out his hands to greet cries of “President Reagan!” with his benediction. John Hinckley, then, attempts to impress his idol Jodie Foster by firing six bullets at Reagan at point-blank range, and the statuesque figure of the Preside…

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by / on December 2, 2007 at 4:51 am / in Content, Cover Story, Issue, National Security, World

American Images

by Illustration by Phyllis Ma In late April 2004, the news that American soldiers had abused detainees at Abu Ghraib prison arrived to the public in a string of shocking photos. The images that exposed the torture of prisoners were brutal and strange—and they were memorable, resistant to amnesia. On May 24, President Bush made a somber address about the news. He called the abuse “disgraceful conduct by a few American troops, who dish…

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by / on June 6, 2012 at 6:33 pm / in Opinion, World

Solutions for Darfur: Can We Diverge Politics from Justice?

by photo from Wikimedia Commons “Establishing a link between a judicial entity and a political entity…is a condition that does not ensure justice. Legal experts have always spoken of the independence of the judiciary…this is a fact that any first-year law student should know.” Such were the comments of Sudanese Ambassador Daff-Alla Elhag Ali Osman meant to discredit the work of the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) prosecutor…

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by / on March 17, 2012 at 10:42 am / in Domestic, Immigration, Judicial

The Race to Hate

…ing slightly lesser offenses, like minor drug or property offenses. Level 3 offenders have committed misdemeanor crimes, civil crimes, and traffic infractions. Another important aspect of 287(g) is that federal authorities at US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agree to train local law enforcement at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center using federal funds. What makes 287(g) unique from S.B. 1070 and other state- sponsored legislation i…

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by / on January 6, 2014 at 4:28 pm / in Cover Story, Domestic, Fall 2013, Judicial, Media

Warrants for Torrents

by When H.R. 3261 was introduced in Congress in the fall of 2011, it generated relatively little commotion. The seemingly innocuous bill, intended “To promote prosperity, creativity, entrepreneurship, and innovation by combating the theft of U.S. property, and for other purposes,” was immediately referred to the House Judiciary Committee for discussion and further debate. On November 16, the one and only public hearing for the bill wa…

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by / on January 5, 2014 at 10:59 am / in Domestic, Winter 2013

Death of a Penalty

by Four billion dollars spent on 13 lives over 35 years: This is what California’s capital punishment system looks like. Since the current system’s institution in 1978, only 13 people have been executed in 35 years, with the last execution in January 2006, at a total cost of $4 billion. The punishment’s price is remarkably high and, as of 2011, each execution is estimated to cost California $300 million. Meanwhile, multiple reports st…

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by / on May 4, 2013 at 6:02 pm / in World

Refugee Aid, Syrians Betrayed; Humanitarian Aid and the War Against Assad

by As the number of Syrian refugees climbs rapidly beyond 1 million, the need for increased funding to address the crisis is obvious, but the motivation for nations to actually provide those funds is not. The United Nation’s relief plan requests just over a billion dollars to fund its operations from January 2013 to June 2013, and a variety of donors pledged to meet those needs. Yet somehow, the latest report on the inter-agency…

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by / on March 14, 2013 at 1:36 pm / in Domestic, Opinion

Why Would Anyone Need an Assault Weapon?

by Why would anyone ever need a military-style assault weapon with high-capacity magazines? Their presence in the hands of spree shooters like James Holmes and Adam Lanza certainly seems to indicate that they are weapons intended to kill many people. They are universally preferred by militaries and police forces all over the world. Even their aesthetic is intimidating: all black, menacing juts and sharp angles. These weapons, like the…

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by / on February 2, 2014 at 3:22 pm / in Aman Navani, Asia, Uncategorized, Web Columnists, World

Bangladesh’s Shaky Democracy

by By Prime Minister’s Office, via Wikimedia Commons On October 26th 2013, the two most powerful politicians in Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, leader of the ruling Awami League, and Begum Khaleda Zia, leader of the opposition Bangladesh National Party and former Prime Minister, had a phone conversation after many years. Zia had called to complain about arrangements for the general election due in January 2014.  The usual procedure b…

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