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The Nicaragua Canal’s Contractual Plan for Displacement of Autonomous People Sparks Cries of Human Rights Violations

In 2012, Nicaragua’s parliament passed a law formally allowing for the construction of the Nicaragua Interoceanic Canal to compete with the smaller Panama Canal. The route passes through the second largest primary tropical rainforest in Central America and the homelands of thousands of indigenous and Afro-Caribbean people. While the Nicaraguan government and HKND have assured people that anyone displaced for the project will be fairly compensated, human rights groups have cried foul and many demonstrations have sprung up around the country protesting the anticipated forced removal.


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Posted by Jacob G. Oakes on Fri. April 17, 2015 6:30 PM
Categories: China, Nicaragua

UN Report: Potential Charges Against the Islamic State

The International Criminal Court faces mounting pressure to prosecute members of the Islamic State for alleged acts of genocide against the Yezidi community, along with crimes against humanity and war crimes against the civilian population. But is the ICC the best forum for prosecution?


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Posted by Crystal S. Chung on Fri. April 17, 2015 6:27 PM
Categories: International Criminal Court, U.N. Security Council

Nazi Art Looting and the Fight to Reclaim

Hitler’s Third Reich was responsible for one of the most significant episodes of displacement and destruction of art and cultural objects in modern history. As the Nazis conquered Belgium, the Netherlands, and France, high ranking Nazi leaders, such as Hermann Goring, amassed works taken from Holocaust victims in their private collections. A pending case is illustrative of Holocaust survivors’ heirs’ ongoing struggle to recover stolen art.


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Posted by Allen E. Rowe on Fri. April 17, 2015 6:15 PM
Categories: Germany

UN calls on Yemen combatants to remember legal obligations to civilians

Hundreds of civilians -- including at least 90 children -- have perished amid recent violence in Yemen. The United Nations has called out member states for apparent violations of international law but has taken no substantive action against them.


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No Comments | Posted by Mary W. Scruggs on Wed. April 15, 2015 9:49 PM
Categories: U.N. Security Council, Yemen

China's "Great Wall of Sand": China's quest to strengthen its sovereignty in the South China Sea

China is constructing a “Great Wall of Sand” through a program of land reclamation near the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. In recent months, China has created 1.5 square miles of artificial landmasses by pumping sand onto live coral reefs and paving them over with concrete.


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No Comments | Posted by Rachel Brunswig on Thu. April 9, 2015 2:21 PM
Categories: China

Lѐse Majesté: Antiquated Law or Dictatorial Power?

Lѐse majesté laws, which criminalize an offense against the dignity of a reigning monarch or head of state, are certainly not new laws. The question here, however, is what place these laws have in the current world regime. Thailand has some of the most strict lѐse majesté laws in the world, and it is not one of the antiquated laws that the government has simply forgotten about. The lѐse majesté laws of Thailand carry a minimum sentence of 3 years and a maximum sentence of fifteen years.


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Posted by Christopher A. Byrd on Fri. March 27, 2015 10:16 AM
Categories: Thailand

ICC Formally Drops Charges Against President Kenyatta: Leaves the Door Open for a Case in the Future

On March 13, 2015, after months of investigation, the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced that it was formally dropping its charges against Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta. Ultimately, ICC prosecutors did not have enough evidence to sufficiently prove Kenyatta’s guilt in court and were forced to drop their case for the foreseeable future.


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Posted by Mary A. Slagle on Mon. March 23, 2015 12:17 PM
Categories: International Criminal Court, Kenya

UN Report: Escalation in Ukraine

The United Nations (UN) recently released a report drawing attention to escalating violence in Ukraine in violation of the Minsk agreement. There has been a marked surge in casualties that the UN Report attributes to an influx of Russian troops and heavy artillery. More than 6,000 people have been killed since the fighting started in April. Between December 1, 2014 and February 15, 2015, at least 1,012 people were killed and at least 3,793 were wounded in the conflict area of eastern Ukraine.


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Posted by Lauren F. Tonon on Sun. March 22, 2015 5:33 PM
Categories: European Union, Russia, Ukraine, United Nations

Canada Makes Big Changes to Immigrant Investor Program

Canada created the Immigrant Investor Venture Capital (IIVC) Pilot Program. The Program requires immigrant investors to make a $2 million, non-guaranteed investment for 15 years into the IIVC fund, which will be used to invest in Canadian start-ups. Furthermore, each investor must have a net worth of at least $10 million.This is a similar stipulation used in other countries’ immigrant investor programs—the U.K. requires an individual to have $3.1 million to get a visa for investment into the country and Australia requires $12.3 million.


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Posted by Felicia M. Hyde on Sun. March 22, 2015 5:14 PM
Categories: Canada, Investment in Foreign Markets

A 21st Century Model for U.S. Nuclear Policy

The United States has been in high-stakes negotiations with Iran in recent months over the roll back of their nuclear program. The agreement would, as of now, place severe restrictions on Iran’s ability to accrue and enrich uranium beyond a specified level for ten years.


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Posted by Joseph Ho Kim on Thu. March 19, 2015 12:59 PM
Categories: China, Israel, Pakistan, South Korea
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