Friday, January 23, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Only hours after taking office, President Barack Obama late Tuesday ordered Pentagon prosecutors to seek a 120-day freeze in war crimes trials of prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba — his first action toward fulfilling a campaign pledge to close the controversial prison camp.
In an interview on Tuesday evening with the German television program “Frontal 21,” on channel ZDF Professor Manfred Nowak, the United Nations Rapporteur responsible for torture, stated that with George W. Bush’s head of state immunity now terminated, the new government of Barack Obama was obligated by international law to commence a criminal investigation into Bush’s torture practices.
Linsay Beyerstein: Lawmakers & Lobbyists Celebrate Inauguration
White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanual yesterday sent a memorandum to stop all pending regulations until they could be reviewed by the Obama administration.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is appalled by Israeli attacks on a UN compound in Gaza after seeing the destruction for himself.
One of Russia's top human rights lawyers was assassinated in the centre of Moscow yesterday in a killing apparently linked to his work defending opponents of the pro-Kremlin government in Chechnya.
Tomgram: Andy Kroll, Will Public Education Be Militarized?
MarketWatch: Fiat gets 35% stake in Chrysler for no cash
The Bush Scandals List as he leaves office.
Good luck to Marty Lederman in his new position at the Office of Legal Counsel.