The global chaos that the media like to depict — micro-conflicts, mass migration, terrorist bombings and massacres of civilians, with major powers like Russia, Turkey and Trump’s America cynically pursuing their own interests — goes back to the early 1990s. The fall of the Berlin Wall seemed to herald an age of happy globalisation under US auspices, and western intervention in the first Gulf war still fitted the UN framework; but in the 1990s the US attempted to impose new rules. Kosovo, in 1999, was a test, as those pursuing it attempted to establish an official right to interfere in internal affairs. The vision of happy globalisation peaked with the 2011 intervention in Libya, which revealed dangerous contradictions. The international order established in 1945 has faced many crises, but its basis remains the humanist social principles of the Philadelphia conference on social rights (1944) and the San Francisco conference on prohibition of war (1945), which led to … [Read more...] about The end of the UN’s world order ?
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Paul Manafort, the indicted former campaign chairman for Donald Trump, asked a judge to investigate leaks to the media of confidential grand jury information that may have also been classified.Manafort, who faces two federal indictments, seeks a hearing about the source of leaked information that he said interferes with his right to a fair trial in Alexandria, Virginia, where Special Counsel Robert Mueller signed an indictment accusing him of bank and tax fraud. He’s also accused in Washington of money laundering and failing to register as a foreign agent for his political consulting in Ukraine.The leakers have subjected Manafort, 69, to “a torrent of negative and apparently false press generated by numerous unlawful disclosures,” according to a filing late Monday in federal court in Alexandria. “These government-sourced disclosures have violated the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, internal government policies and procedures, federal statutes, and Mr. … [Read more...] about Manafort Asks Judge to Investigate Leaks in Investigation
The following is Mr Justice McCloskey’s full 8,000 word ruling in the Loughinisland, in which he recuses himself: IN THE MATTER OF AN APPLICATION BY THOMAS RONALD HAWTHORNE AND RAYMOND WHITE FOR JUDICIAL REVIEW The following is an extract from Mr Justice McCloskey’s final judgment delivered on Friday January 2018. ( Click here for a shorter report on the ruling ) Remedy There are two discretions to be exercised by the court. The first is whether to grant any remedy to the successful Applicants. The second, if the court is minded to grant a remedy, is to select the remedy which it considers appropriate. The court cannot invent the remedy to be granted. Rather it must make its selection from a very limited menu. In exercising the aforementioned discretion, the context is self-evidently important. The main ingredients of the context are the nature of the legal challenge brought by the Applicants, the terms in which the court has found in their favour and the … [Read more...] about Loughisland case: Full ruling in which judge recuses himself
Germany's BDL aviation federation announced late Thursday that airlines such as Lufthansa and Air Berlin intended to immediately enact the two-person rule in consultation with the Federal Office of Civil Aviation. A French prosecutor said Thursday that the recovered voice recorder indicated that the Germanwings' co-pilot kept the chief pilot locked out of the cockpit and deliberately let the plane crash into a French alpine range. All 150 people on board, including 75 Germans, 50 Spaniards and nationals of 14 other nations, were killed on the flight from Barcelona to Düsseldorf. Victims' families visited the crash site on Thursday. BDL chief executive Matthias von Randow said in the future no pilot would be allowed to remain alone in a cockpit during a flight. Two other German airlines, Condor and TuiFly, had also agreed to adopt the rule-change, he told the German news agency DPA. The move was welcomed by German parliamentarian and government transport spokesman Arnold … [Read more...] about Germanwings crash prompts two-person cockpit rule
Families of Syrians to be denied right of reunification On 23 November the Higher Administrative Court in the northern German region of Schleswig will be the first to decide whether it is possible to limit the rights of refugees from war zones. Recently, the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) granted only so-called "subsidiary protection" to asylum seekers, primarily from Syria. Thousands of those affected were successful in appealing the decision. Now the BAMF has taken the judgment to the next level of authority, the Higher Administrative Court. It continues to insist on granting only limited protection to Syrian refugees. Full refugee protection according to the Geneva Convention normally includes permission to remain for three years, and this is usually followed by an unlimited residence permit. Refugees also have the right to family reunification. If, however, the BAMF were to grant them only so-called "subsidiary," or limited, protection, they would initially get a … [Read more...] about Will the families of Syrian refugees be denied the right to reunification?