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
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
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
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 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