Kurtz Describes "Transnationalist" Politicization of U.S. History

August 27, 2014

On National Review Online, Stanley Kurtz documents how transnational progressives are working to alter U.S. history education to emphasize the importance of "multilateralism" and to combat the idea of American exceptionalism.

Report to UN Calls for Redistribution for "Sustainable Development"

August 20, 2014

A report from the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing to the UN General Assembly calls for a "reallocation" of $22 trillion in order to meet the finance needs of developing countries in achieving UN goals on sustainable development.

ECHR Prisoner Voting Rights Decision Fans Flames of U.K. Euroskepticism

August 13, 2014

The European Court of Human Rights ("ECHR") has held that the U.K. ban on prisoner voting is a human rights violation.

Arab Spring Reform Hopes a Distant Memory

August 06, 2014

A Guardian report indicates that hopes of political liberalization and tolerance for pluralism that accompanied the Arab Spring events in the Middle East and North Africa have been erased by the emergence of a regional political map dominated by secular military autocrats, Islamist militant-extremists, Islamist theocratic hardliners, and renewed Israeli-Palestinian violence.

 

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  • Obama Seeks to Bypass Congress with Climate Deal

    August 29, 2014

    The New York Times reports that because he would be unable to receive support for a legally binding climate treaty in the U.S. Congress, President Barack Obama will push for a deal in which an existing 1992 climate treaty is updated with "voluntary pledges," thus bypassing the need for ratification.

     
  • UN Body Warns of "Irreversible Impacts" of Global Warming

    August 29, 2014

    In a draft report, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which some argue has engaged in speculation and alarmism on global warming, says that unless action is taken quickly to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, worldwide impacts of climate change could be "irreversible."

     
  • UN Rights Commissioner Compares Protest Response in U.S. to Apartheid

    August 27, 2014

    Arguing that scenes of Missouri police responding to protesters remind her of those in apartheid South Africa, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has called for respect of the right to protest and for an investigation into the "root causes" of racial discrimination in the U.S.

     
 
  • U.K. Imposes Payment Reporting Requirements on Businesses

    August 27, 2014

    The U.K. Government has announced new rules requiring, as of January 2015, mining, gas, and oil companies registered in Britain to report payments made to government in all countries in which they operate.

     
  • U.K. Professional Body Calls for Corporate "Global Diversity Policies"

    August 27, 2014

    The U.K.'s Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has published an article calling for transnational companies to implement diversity and equality standards in their operations across the globe and to go beyond legal employment requirements in some countries.

     
  • Professor Seeks Next Stage of BHR Principles

    August 20, 2014

    An article by Professor Tara Melish discusses how to move "beyond the end of the beginning" in implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights ("BHR"), including "empowering" civil society participation and considering the role of a binding international BHR treaty.

     
 
  • U.K. Conservative MP Switches to Anti-EU Party

    August 29, 2014

    U.K. Member of Parliament ("MP") Douglas Carswell has announced his defection from the Conservative Party in order to join the U.K. Independence Party ("UKIP") and has called a by-election that may give UKIP, whose platform includes a call for Britain to withdraw from the EU, its first MP.

     
  • EU Vacuum Directive Riles British Businesses

    August 27, 2014

    U.K. companies are criticizing a new EU directive banning the production and importation of vacuum cleaners that operate on over 1600 watts and requiring businesses to place an "energy rating" on vacuum packaging.

     
  • COE Expresses Concern over Missouri Police Response to Protesters

    August 27, 2014

    Secretary General of the Council of Europe ("COE") Thorbjørn Jagland has voiced concern at the use of force by Missouri police on individuals protesting the recent shooting of teenager Michael Brown and calls on the U.S. "to look into the socio-economic background" of why protesters took to the streets.

     
 
  • Islamic State Practicing Sexual Enslavement of Women in Iraq

    August 29, 2014

    Eye witness accounts and survivor testimonies confirm that in the  Islamic State, the caliphate covering large areas of Iraq and Syria, extremist Islamist forces are practicing systematic sexual enslavement of women, including forced conversion and marriage, gang rape, and human trafficking.

     
  • OIC Chief Calls ISIS Un-Islamic

    August 29, 2014

    The Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation ("OIC") called out the Islamic State ("ISIS") as un-Islamic and a destabilizing factor in the Middle East, declaring the Islamist militants' practices harmful to Islam and incompatible with religion's teachings on tolerance.

     
  • Women Are Disproportionately Affected by Jihadi Violence and Extremist Oppression

    By Mariz Tadros

    August 20, 2014

    The political expansion of jihadi groups and extremist Islamist movements has had a disproportionately deleterious effect on the human rights and physical security of Muslim and non-Muslim women from across the Greater Middle East, according to reports from regional experts on gender and religious radicalism.