Kelly: The New Romantic Nationalism

September 20, 2017

In recent remarks at the Annual Meeting of the Federalist Society's European Judicial Network, Jim Kelly described a New Romantic Nationalism.

May Threatens Fines for Tech Giants over Terror Content

September 20, 2017

Politico reports that, at a meeting she is co-hosting at the UN General Assembly this week, UK Prime Minister Theresa May will threaten to fine social media companies that fail to remove content promoting terrorism from their online platforms within two hours of its posting.

Trump Promotes National Sovereignty at UN

September 20, 2017

The Los Angeles Times reports that, in his first address to the UN General Assembly, US President Donald Trump hammered home a nationalist doctrine of "principled realism" based in "a coalition of strong and independent nations that embrace their sovereignty, to promote security, prosperity and peace for themselves and for the world.”

NGO Pushes for Global Rules on Labor Due Diligence

September 20, 2017

A report from the Business and Human Rights (BHR) Resource Centre calls for the development of "robust" and "harmonised" global standards for national legislation combating "various forms of modern slavery" by imposing broad BHR due diligence requirements on companies to rid their complex, global supply chains of forced labor.

 

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  • UN Agents Criticize London Development Project

    September 22, 2017

    A group of UN human rights mandate holders has warned that UK authorities are threatening the "economic, social, and cultural rights" of residents and shop owners in the area of an indoor market in London by proceeding with plans for a development project that requires their displacement.

     
  • NGO: Brazilian Reforms Violate Global Rights Agenda

    September 22, 2017

    Highlighting the nontraditional human rights agenda pushed by global nongovernmental organizations in developing countries, Amnesty International has asserted it will "fight back" against Brazilian legal reforms it views as violating human rights, including banning abortion, loosening gun restrictions, and restricting teaching on "sexual and reproductive health rights."

     
  • NGO Seeks G20-Led Global Governance of Oceans

    September 22, 2017

    The nongovernmental organization Centre for International Governance Innovation has published a paper calling for the Group of 20 (G20) countries to initiate a "global ocean governance process" aimed at multilateral cooperation pushing for the "sustainability" of the world's oceans.

     
 
  • US Halts Corporate Race, Gender Pay Reporting

    September 22, 2017

    The Washington Post reports that the Trump Administration has preemptively halted the implementation of a rule adopted by the previous administration requiring companies with over 100 employees to report salary data on the basis of race and sex to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

     
  • Lawyer Seeks Investor Pressure on Labor Rights

    September 22, 2017

    Dr. Fiona David of the Walk Free Foundation writes that, in order to ensure compliance with proliferating laws requiring reporting and "due diligence" on forced labor, investors must demand that companies in which they invest put in place policies aimed at ensuring respect for labor rights in their operations and supply chains.

     
  • Norwegian Banks Dispute NGO Pressure on Pipeline

    September 22, 2017

    Reuters reports that a group of Norwegian financial entities have disputed a legal claim from Energy Transfer Partners LP that they divested from its Dakota Access Pipeline project as a result of pressure from activist organizations, asserting that the decision was based instead on the "unacceptable risk of contributing to serious or systematic human rights violations."

     
 
  • Merkel Seeks to Link EU Funding with Refugee Policy

    September 22, 2017

    In a recent interview, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for the EU to take into account countries' lack of cooperation with the EU's refugee resettlement scheme for asylum seekers from the Middle East and North Africa in future negotiations over EU development funding.

     
  • Academic: Brexit Bill Subjects Social Rights to "Politics"

    September 22, 2017

    The Independent reports that Dr. Tobias Lock of Edinburgh University has highlighted the extent to which EU provisions on social rights currently trump UK law by warning that the UK "repeal" bill transferring EU rules into British law will give government officials the authority to change or eliminate certain European employment and other standards.

     
  • Schengen Members Seek Extension of Border Controls

    September 22, 2017

    The Guardian reports that the governments of France, Germany, Austria, Denmark, and Norway have called on the European Commission to propose legislation doubling from two years to four years the time in which countries in the passport-free Schengen travel area facing "exceptional circumstances" such as terror threats can impose controls on their borders.

     
 
  • Decline of IS Boosts Global Shiite Aims

    September 25, 2017

    The ongoing military decline of the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria is creating a paradoxical new threat to Mideast stability, as the degradation of the Sunni caliphate has removed a significant impediment to the project of global Shiite radical imperialism supported by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

     
  • IS Uses Irish Students for Money Laundering

    September 25, 2017

    Islamic State (IS) operatives are targeting students in Ireland's university system to dupe them into establishing bank accounts that can be used for money laundering and false documentation to support Islamist terrorism.

     
  • IS Drone Fleet Presents Emerging Security Threat

    September 25, 2017

    The Islamic State (IS) has developed a lethal drone fleet with both surveillance and attack capabilities, amounting to an emerging, resilient threat to Western and global stability that may threaten critical infrastructure inside the United States.