Berkowitz: Continuing the Work of the Commisson on Unalienable Rights

November 24, 2021

Peter Berkowitz, who served as executive secretary for the 2020 report of the Commission on Unalienable Rights, discusses recent efforts to continue the work of the commission including an International conference hosted by Venice Commission member and professor, Paolo Carozza at Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies.

Reuters: Documents show Amazon’s Attacks on Americans' Privacy

November 24, 2021

As states through out the U.S. attempt to give consumers increased control over their collected data, confidential documents reviewed by Reuters reveal that Amazon.com Inc has collected a huge amount of sensitive personal information on its customers.

Politico: Macron Edging away from Europe

November 24, 2021

Following the Polish constitutional court’s decision to reject the primacy of the Court of Justice of the European Union, the debate has been reopened in France and many French presidential contenders, both right and left, have sided with Warsaw, calling for France to assert the primacy of its own constitution, or even its own individual laws, over European legislation.

FEMYSO Meeting with European Commission Provokes Critique by French Government

November 24, 2021

A meeting by FEMYSO (Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organizations) with the European Commissioner for Equality has generated a critical response by the French government, which called out the Commission for engaging with an organization that is part of “Islamist associations attacking France and infiltrating French institutions”. 

 

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  • Biden’s Government Vaccine Mandate Takes a Hit

    November 30, 2021

    A Judge of the Eastern District of Missouri issued an injunction halting President Joe Biden's Covid-19 vaccine mandate for Medicare and Medicaid workers in ten states, citing « Congress did not grant CMS authority to mandate the vaccine ».

     
  • Nursing Unions File Complaint to the U.N. over TRIPS Waiver

    November 30, 2021

    Nursing unions from 28 countries and territories have filed a complaint to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, urging the United Nations to investigate how the actions of the EU and other high-income countries that have opposed a temporary TRIPS waiver at the World Trade Organization have « breached their obligations to guarantee the right to physical and mental health of everyone ».

     
  • Berkowitz: Continuing the Work of the Commisson on Unalienable Rights

    November 23, 2021

    Peter Berkowitz, who served as executive secretary for the 2020 report of the Commission on Unalienable Rights which provides advice on human rights grounded in the nation’s founding principles and the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), discusses recent efforts to continue the work of the commission including an International conference hosted by Venice Commission member and professor Paolo Carozza at Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies.

     
 
 
  • ECtHR Condemns Turkey over Arrests of Judges and Prosecutors Post-Coup

    November 23, 2021

    427 members of the Turkish judiciary who were arrested after a failed coup in 2016 will be awarded 5,000 euros in damages following the ruling of the The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) which states that Turkey had acted unlawfully by arresting the judges and prosecutors.

     
  • Politico: ECJ Rules against Hungary in Judicial Rule-of-Law Case

    November 23, 2021

    Rule-of-law is once again front and center as the the EU’s Court of Justice ruled that Hungary’s supreme court had improperly interfered with and disciplined a lower court judge, highlighting the subject of whether or not Hungarian judges can freely submit questions to EU’s highest court.

     
  • Politico: Macron Edging away from Europe

    November 18, 2021

    Following the Polish constitutional court’s decision to reject the primacy of the Court of Justice of the European Union, the debate has been reopened in France and many French presidential contenders, both right and left, have sided with Warsaw, calling for France to assert the primacy of its own constitution, or even its own individual laws, over European legislation.

     
 
  • OIC’s Halal Summit Highlights Expanding Global Economic Impact of Sharia Products & Services

    November 30, 2021

     The Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) 8th Halal Summit held recently in Turkey pointed to the expanding impact of the $7 trillion worldwide economy of sharia-compliant/compatible (halal) products across myriad sectors—including food, tourism, cosmetics, medicine—and also revealed the steady integration of non-Muslim-majority countries in the West, which are the largest manufacturing countries of halal products. 

     
  • Al-Shabaab Continues Jihad in Somalia with Attack on School

    November 30, 2021

    The al-Qaeda affiliated Somali extremist group al-Shabaab continued its jihadist campaign to make the geopolitically important Horn of Africa country into an Islamic state, with the latest attack in the form of a multiple-casualty suicide bombing on a school in the capital city, an attack that the Islamist extremist leadership claimed was aimed at a UN peacekeeping convoy. 

     
  • Islamic Jihad Threatens Attacks on Tel Aviv

    November 30, 2021

    The Islamic Jihad, a Palestinian Islamist extremist group, has threatened to attack Tel Aviv as retaliation for any future Israeli targeting of the jihadi group’s leaders and for Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.