Petraeus: Place Combat Posts as Close to Afghan Civilians as Possible 0

New Guidelines Admonish Troops to Be ‘Good Guests’New Afghanistan commander Gen. David Petraeus issued a new three page document outlining his guidelines for combat troops’ behavior in Afghanistan,

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Arizona: US Court Blocks Immigration Law’s Worst Aspects 0

But State Should Repeal Law Targeting Immigrants (Washington, DC) – A ruling by a US district court in Arizona on July 28, 2010, will temporarily block enforcement of the most problematic provisions of Arizona’s recent law targeting immigrants, Human Rights

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US: End in Sight for Infamous Crack Cocaine Laws 0

Legislation to Address Racial Disparity in Sentencing Heads to President Obama’s Desk (New York) – Legislation approved by the House on July 28, 2010, will dramatically alter the historically more punitive approach to federal crack cocaine offenders that led to

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IRAN MUST END HARASSMENT OF STONING CASE LAWYER 0

Mostafaei is defending Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, who was sentenced to stoning © Private Amnesty International has urged the Iranian authorities to stop harassing human rights lawyers amid continuing uncertainty over the whereabouts of the defence counsel in a recent controversial stoning

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Pakistan Pushes Draconian New Terror Bill 0

        Secret Trials, Unchallengeable Summary Detentions on the Table Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik today proposed a massive expansion of government power with the “Anti-Terrorism Bill 2010,” a bill which is set to go through parliament in

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Pentagon Can’t Account for $8.7 Billion in Iraqi Reconstruction Funds 0

        Inspector Determines Most Money Gone Without Documentation The Pentagon has once again lost billions of dollars in cash, which has vanished from a fund meant for Iraq reconstruction without any documentation of where it went. According

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House Approves More Afghan War Funding 0

        Congressmen Embrace Escalation as Evidence of War’s Folly Grows Though one would have expected that the massive release of some 92,000 classified documents Sunday underscoring just how poorly the war is going would have changed some

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Singapore: Legal Charges Threat to Freedom of Expression 0

British Author’s Critique of Death Penalty Leads to Arrest  (New York) – Singapore officials should cease using criminal defamation and contempt laws to silence government critics, Human Rights Watch said today. The arrest of Alan Shadrake, the 75-year-old British author

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India: Don’t Repeat Misuse of Counterterrorism Laws 0

Amend Laws to Protect Basic Rights (New York) – The Indian government should revise its draconian 2008 amendments to counterterrorism laws that can lead to serious violations of human rights, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today.

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The Afghan War Springs a Leak 0

The 92,000 reports on the war in Afghanistan made public by the whistleblower organisation WikiLeaks, and reported Monday by the Guardian, The New York Times and Der Spiegel, offer no major revelations that are entirely new, as did the Pentagon

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