Argument analysis: Travel ban seems likely to survive Supreme Court’s reviewIt has been nearly 15 months since President Donald Trump first issued an order that banned travel to the United States by nationals of seven countries, all of which have overwhelmingly Muslim populations. After lower courts blocked the government from enforcing both the original January 2017 order and a revised order that followed it in […]

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A Canadian reviews the last few weeks of North Korea news with a special guest. Andrea talks to Ramon Pacheco-Pardo from King’s College London about DPRK summit mania. They cover the recent high-level visits to Pyongyang, Beijing and Washington, consider North Korean pledges to refrain from certain nuclear and missile testing, and debate whether this … Read More…

  The European Commission is set to single out Russia directly for its “information warfare” as part of EU efforts to fight back against online disinformation campaigns, RFE/RL reports. “Mass online disinformation campaigns are being widely used by a range of domestic and foreign actors to sow distrust and create societal tensions,” says the draft […]

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Abandoned houses, damaged during the 2015 earthquake, stand in Bhaktapur, Nepal April 21, 2017. Picture taken April 21, 2017.


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Three years have passed since a violent earthquake shattered Nepal, leaving an estimated 9,000 people dead and many hundreds of thousands injured and homeless, yet the country is still far from recovery. In its prioritization of human rights, the government should include adequate support for those devastated by the April 25 disaster.

In 2015, the response in Nepal and among its friends abroad in sending troops and equipment to help with the rescue and emergency relief effort was swift and generous. Such was the kindness of strangers that they also raised billions of dollars in assistance within a few days.

This tremendous outpouring of compassion gave hope that survivors could rebuild their broken lives. But the political leadership of Nepal has failed its people. Mired in wrangling that led to near constant political instability, only 16 percent of the more than US$4 billion donated has been utilized, according to recent official reports. Children remain out of school. Many families are without adequate shelter. Medical facilities, scarce even in the best of times, are even harder to access. An already poor nation leaves its most impoverished citizens without the support that could, and should, be provided because of available resources.

Many families say that they have stopped waiting for the government, which often ties them down in needless and frustrating bureaucracy before releasing funds. Communities are rebuilding schools and homes while officials deny responsibility and instead point fingers at the donor community.

Now, after years of political uncertainty, Nepal has elected a government with a sizeable mandate. The government has made commitments to devolve administrative authority to newly established provincial governments – responding to demands for a federal structure from citizens. The central and provincial governments can start by ensuring that funds are properly allocated to fulfil the rights, and remedy the violations, of those still suffering the effect of the devastating earthquake. Another monsoon season approaches. This time, the survivors should not have to endure it without access to proper shelter and services. 

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Authoritarian leaders are encouraging hostility toward journalists and promoting post-truth politics, disinformation and fake news according to the 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Hatred of journalism threatens democracies, said Reporters Without Borders (RSF), which warned of “a highly toxic anti-media discourse that drove the world into a new era of post-truth, disinformation and fake news.” […]

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Argument transcript and audioThe Supreme Court has posted the audio and transcript of today’s argument in Trump v. Hawaii.  

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by Sue Curry Jansen and Brian Martin

Mark Bray’s “Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook” is an informed and revealing account of anti-fascist efforts, but its one-dimensional focus on violent tactics underscores the movement’s limits.

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Opinion analysis: Justices reject Patent and Trademark Office’s rules for partial consideration of petitions for inter partes reviewThe second of yesterday’s two patent decisions was SAS Institute v. Iancu. As I explained in my post about Oil States Energy Services v. Greene’s Energy Group, both cases involve the process for “inter partes review” that Congress added to the Patent Act in 2012, a process under which a competitor (or, for that matter, […]

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Most Western observers have long believed that democracy and capitalism go hand in hand, that economic liberalization both requires and propels political liberalization, notes Yuen Yuen Ang, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan and the author of How China Escaped the Poverty Trap. China’s apparent defiance of this logic has led […]

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  Poland represents the gravest illiberal challenge to European democracy, says the Economist: Since taking office in 2015 the nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party has stacked the courts, skewed public media and stuffed the bureaucracy with supporters (see article). Its judicial reforms flagrantly violate EU treaties. That matters not only for Polish democracy: EU countries […]

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