Burke and Butcher: Texas Governor Calls for School Choice for Every Child

May 18, 2022

Governor Greg Abbott called on the Texas legislature to allow education dollars to follow children to learning options of their parents’ choice, including to private schools citing that “Empowering parents means giving them the choice to send their children to any public school, charter school, or private school with state funding following the student.”

Washington Times: Proponents of ESG see Business as a Type of Social Welfare Organization

May 18, 2022

As American businesses aim to be more socially responsible, supporters of Environment, Social, and Governance policies (ESG) are pushing businesses to contemplate the bigger picture in every move they make, treating business as another type of social welfare organization, with responsibilities and obligations to the world at large.

Tettenborn: In Defense of the British Bill of Rights

May 18, 2022

Andrew Tettenborn writing in The Spectator argues that critics are wrong to attack Dominic Raab’s plan revealed during the Queen’s Speech to make adjustments to the Human Rights Act by replacing it with a British Bill of Rights, keeping Britain in the European Convention on Human Rights concerning International matters but will emphasize British law on domestic issues.

Islamist Attack at Suez Canal Signals Shift Towards Disruption of the Economy

May 18, 2022

The attack by IS militants on a water pumping station near the Suez Canal suggests a shift in strategy towards economic disruption and damage, since attacks on civilian economic infrastructure will bring inevitable damage to the Egyptian and international economy, which is reliant on Suez Canal activity.

 

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  • Washington Times: Proponents of ESG see Business as a Type of Social Welfare Organization

    May 18, 2022

    As American businesses aim to be more socially responsible, supporters of Environment, Social, and Governance policies (ESG) are pushing businesses to contemplate the bigger picture in every move they make, treating business as another type of social welfare organization, with responsibilities and obligations to the world at large.

     
  • Stuttaford in NRO: ESG, Energy, and War

    May 18, 2022

    Andrew Stuttaford writing in National Review Online explains how Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) policies are not producing the promised success citing BlackRock as an example.

     
  • Vinson & Elkins: First ESG Taskforce Lawsuit Shows SEC Serious on Disclosures

    May 18, 2022

    Vinson & Elkins attorneys warn that the SEC’s lawsuit against Vale S.A., a publicly traded mining company based in Rio de Janeiro, reveals that the SEC is considering all reporting and public statements, not just required filings, when determining if a company has misled its investors on environmental and social matters.

     
 
  • Macron appoints Labor Minister Elisabeth Borne as his Prime Minister

    May 18, 2022

    Following the resignation of French prime minister Jean Castex, President Emmanuel Macron has chosen Elisabeth Borne, a left-leaning technocrat, to lead his new government and will be in charge of steering through Macron’s controversial pension reform.

     
  • Tettenborn: In Defense of the British Bill of Rights

    May 18, 2022

    Andrew Tettenborn writing in The Spectator argues that critics are wrong to attack Dominic Raab’s plan revealed during the Queen’s Speech to make adjustments to the Human Rights Act by replacing it with a British Bill of Rights, keeping Britain in the European Convention on Human Rights concerning International matters but will emphasize British law on domestic issues.

     
  • EU Citizens May be able to Claim Damages for Pollution Levels

    May 11, 2022

    Juliane Kokott, Advocate General to the European Court of Justice, said EU governments may be held liable if they have failed to meet air quality promises following a French citizen’s request for €21 million in damages from the French governement.

     
 
  • Islamist Extremist Groups in Burkina Faso Murder, Rape, Pillage in Campaign Aimed at State Takeover

    May 18, 2022

    Internationally renowned Human Rights Watch reports that Islamist extremist groups affiliated with with AQ (Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, AQIM) and IS (Islamic State on the Greater Sahara, ISGS) continue to wage a years-long armed campaign aimed at state takeover of the African Sahel country, with AQIM and ISGS violence having displaced over 1.8 million people and Islamist militants engaging widespread murder and systemic rape, pillaging and destruction of local economies and infrastructure.

     
  • Sharia Blasphemy Ideology Provokes Gruesome Murder in Nigeria of Christian Student

    May 18, 2022

    A female Christian student at an education college in northwest Nigeria, was stoned to death and burned by a mob of Muslim students who accused her on social media of blasphemy against Islam’s Prophet Mohammed, with the gruesome murder underscoring how sharia-based blasphemy laws  undermine rule of law and provoke vigilante violence and inter-religious intolerance. 

     
  • Social Violence in Indonesia Highlights Islamists’ Rejection of Pluralism

    May 18, 2022

    Recent episodes of social violence in Indonesia, the worlds most populous Muslim-majority country, involving Islamist attacks against individuals, religious minority sites, and Islamic organizations advocating religious tolerance all share the common theme of rejection of pluralism as expressed in rule of law and equality before the state, pointing to the urgency of developing best practices for law enforcement, judicial neutrality, and inter-religious dialogue, in order to combat hardline Islamist ideas and groups that reject the principles and practices I’d pluralism.