Kurtz Describes "Transnationalist" Politicization of U.S. History

August 27, 2014

On National Review Online, Stanley Kurtz documents how transnational progressives are working to alter U.S. history education to emphasize the importance of "multilateralism" and to combat the idea of American exceptionalism.

Report to UN Calls for Redistribution for "Sustainable Development"

August 20, 2014

A report from the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing to the UN General Assembly calls for a "reallocation" of $22 trillion in order to meet the finance needs of developing countries in achieving UN goals on sustainable development.

ECHR Prisoner Voting Rights Decision Fans Flames of U.K. Euroskepticism

August 13, 2014

The European Court of Human Rights ("ECHR") has held that the U.K. ban on prisoner voting is a human rights violation.

Arab Spring Reform Hopes a Distant Memory

August 06, 2014

A Guardian report indicates that hopes of political liberalization and tolerance for pluralism that accompanied the Arab Spring events in the Middle East and North Africa have been erased by the emergence of a regional political map dominated by secular military autocrats, Islamist militant-extremists, Islamist theocratic hardliners, and renewed Israeli-Palestinian violence.

 

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  • UN Rights Commissioner Compares Protest Response in U.S. to Apartheid

    August 27, 2014

    Arguing that scenes of Missouri police responding to protesters remind her of those in apartheid South Africa, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has called for respect of the right to protest and for an investigation into the "root causes" of racial discrimination in the U.S.

     
  • Bylaw Proposal Threatens Internet Body's Independence

    August 27, 2014

    In a recent article, Paul Rosenzweig, Brett Schaefer, and James Gattuso warn that a proposed bylaw from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which has authority over the internet's naming function, would give authoritarian governments substantial power to steer internet governance.

     
  • NGOs Call for UN to Consider "Climate Change Refugee" Protection

    August 27, 2014

    A group of nongovernmental organizations ("NGOs") have complained that a recent UN conference for "small island developing states" did not issue a call to amend international treaties to require the legal protection of "refugees" who are fleeing their home countries due to global warming.

     
 
  • U.K. Imposes Payment Reporting Requirements on Businesses

    August 27, 2014

    The U.K. Government has announced new rules requiring, as of January 2015, mining, gas, and oil companies registered in Britain to report payments made to government in all countries in which they operate.

     
  • U.K. Professional Body Calls for Corporate "Global Diversity Policies"

    August 27, 2014

    The U.K.'s Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has published an article calling for transnational companies to implement diversity and equality standards in their operations across the globe and to go beyond legal employment requirements in some countries.

     
  • Professor Seeks Next Stage of BHR Principles

    August 20, 2014

    An article by Professor Tara Melish discusses how to move "beyond the end of the beginning" in implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights ("BHR"), including "empowering" civil society participation and considering the role of a binding international BHR treaty.

     
 
  • EU Vacuum Directive Riles British Businesses

    August 27, 2014

    U.K. companies are criticizing a new EU directive banning the production and importation of vacuum cleaners that operate on over 1600 watts and requiring businesses to place an "energy rating" on vacuum packaging.

     
  • COE Expresses Concern over Missouri Police Response to Protesters

    August 27, 2014

    Secretary General of the Council of Europe ("COE") Thorbjørn Jagland has voiced concern at the use of force by Missouri police on individuals protesting the recent shooting of teenager Michael Brown and calls on the U.S. "to look into the socio-economic background" of why protesters took to the streets.

     
  • O'Neill: EU "Right to Be Forgotten" Erodes Freedom

    August 20, 2014

    Brendan O'Neill writes in The Telegraph that the Court of Justice of the EU's decision requiring search engines to eliminate links to information deemed irrelevant is eroding media freedom and the public's "right to know" about facts that have previously been reported on news sites.