Why won’t the CIA agents who practiced torture under the agency’s “enhanced interrogation program” be prosecuted for their crimes? Under U.S. and international law, torture is illegal, but Obama isn’t planning on holding anyone accountable. We tell you why.
Leading UK law firm claims government’s failure to suspend existing export licences is illegal
By: Jamie Doward
The government faces being dragged into the high court over the sale of military hardware to Israel in an unprecedented legal move that puts the UK’s controversial export policy on a potential collision course with the EU.
Law firm Leigh Day, representing the Campaign Against Arms Trade(CAAT), has written to the business secretary, Vince Cable, claiming that the failure by the British government to suspend existing licences for the export of military components to Israel is unlawful as there is a risk that they may have been used in Gaza. It says that it has been instructed to seek a judicial review of the government’s reluctance to suspend licences unless it agrees to stop the export of the components.
Possessing child porn is now illegal in Japan – but depicting children as sexual objects in cartoons or animation isn’t.
The sale of pornographic materials is rampant in Japan. Go into any convenience store and you will find mainstream pornographic magazines sold alongside consumer publications; while a “for adults only” sign demarcates the violent, hardcore porn magazines. But it isn’t only adults whose bodies are on display: Underaged girls are routinely portrayed in suggestive ways – from teen pop groups posing in lingerie or pubescent children engaging in sexual acts in manga comic books.
The talk by Eran Efrati was filmed in Denver, Colorado on March 3, 2014 as part of The Soldier and the Refusenik U.S. tour with Maya Wind. Eran talk about his experiences in the IDF and then more broadly discusses Israel, its relationship to the U.S. and the global expansion of militarism.
Even with Colorado and Washington legalizing marijuana, drug cartels from Mexico (including Sinaloa Cartel, Los Zetas, and Gulf Cartel) still control most of the illegal drug trade in the US.
Uganda has passed an anti-homosexuality bill that could see anyone found guilty jailed for life.
Draft legislation drawn up in 2010 had called for the death penalty for anyone who engaged in a homosexual act for a second time, as well as for gay sex where one partner is a minor or has HIV.
The proposal was condemned as “odious” by US President Barack Obama and was dropped from the final version of the bill.
The law must be approved by Ugandan president Yoweri Mugisha before it can take effect.
Homosexuality had already been illegal in Uganda but David Bahati, the politician behind the bill, said tougher laws were needed because gay people from Western countries threatened to destroy Ugandan families.
“This is victory for Uganda. I am glad the parliament has voted against evil,” he said.
“Because we are a God-fearing nation, we value life in a holistic way.
“It is because of those values that members of parliament passed this bill regardless of what the outside world thinks.”
The new bill, which also criminalises the public promotion of homosexuality, was criticised by Frank Mugisha, the Ugandan gay activist.
“I am officially illegal,” he said after the vote.