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  • Airline CEOs: Planes are Safe Without Masking Passengers

    December 21, 2021

    CEOs from Southwest and Americans Airlines testified on Capitol Hill this week amidst mask mandate extensions from the Biden administration on air travel, that masking while on airplanes does not mitigate the spread of Covid-19 and that planes are safe without passengers wearing masks.

  • Turkey-Russia Relationship Creates Challenges Inside NATO

    December 21, 2021

    According to a report from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, the expanding and deepening of Turkey-Russia relations is a disruptor for NATO capabilities and cohesion, with both Ankara and Moscow instrumentalizing the bilateral relationship for their respective geopolitical goals of promoting Islamism and undermining Western values within the Transatlantic Alliance.

  • LA Times: How Governments Used the Pandemic to Normalize Surveillance

    December 15, 2021

    During the Covid pandemic, surveillance has become normalized in the attempt to halt infection rates but as the world learns to live with the virus, the technology is increasingly being used by governments around the world to advance surveillance of citizens as well as the creation of  smart cities.

  • Beijing Winter Olympics: U.S. Announces Diplomatic Boycott

    December 08, 2021

    The U.S. has announced a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing due to China’s poor human rights record, and will not send any official representation to Beijing, however, U.S. athletes will still participate in the games.

  • Reuters: U.S. Officials' Phones Hacked by NSO Group Spyware

    December 08, 2021

    Reuters reports that NSO Group spyware was used to hack into at least nine U.S. state department officials’ iPhones just weeks after the Biden administration placed NSO on a US blacklist due actions contrary to U.S. national security interests.

  • Biden’s Government Vaccine Mandate Takes a Hit

    November 30, 2021

    A Judge of the Eastern District of Missouri issued an injunction halting President Joe Biden's Covid-19 vaccine mandate for Medicare and Medicaid workers in ten states, citing « Congress did not grant CMS authority to mandate the vaccine ».

  • Berkowitz: Continuing the Work of the Commisson on Unalienable Rights

    November 23, 2021

    Peter Berkowitz, who served as executive secretary for the 2020 report of the Commission on Unalienable Rights which provides advice on human rights grounded in the nation’s founding principles and the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), discusses recent efforts to continue the work of the commission including an International conference hosted by Venice Commission member and professor Paolo Carozza at Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies.

  • Eisenberg: The Living Constitution’s Illimitable Government

    November 23, 2021

    Writing for, David A. Eisenberg examines the dangers of a living constitution.

  • NATO warns Russia over Ukraine Military Build-Up

    November 17, 2021

    As Russia builds up troops on Ukraine’s borders, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warned Russia that the western military alliance is standing by Ukraine.

  • U.S. Appeals Court Affirms Hold on Biden COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

    November 15, 2021

    Rejecting a challenge by the Biden administration, a U.S. appeals court upheld its decision to put on hold President Biden’s mandate for companies with 100 workers or more to require COVID-19 vaccines.

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