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Marjorie Cohn is professor emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, former president of the National Lawyers Guild, and deputy secretary general of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers. An updated edition of her book, “Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal, Moral, and Geopolitical Issues,” will be published soon. Visit her website: href="http://www.marjoriecohn.com">www.marjoriecohn.com.

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Palestinians, Muslims Hold 'Day Of Rage' Over Trump's Jerusalem Decision Tuesday, February 20, 2018     

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Trump Makes the Crisis Worse for Palestinian Refugees Trump appears unfazed by the disaster his actions have created. At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January, Trump said he would suspend aid to the Palestinians "unless they sit down and negotiate peace." The plan -- which reflects the wishes of Israel, with no Palestinian approval or even input -- would allow Israel to annex 10 percent of the West Bank area.

Nuclear bomb Friday, February 9, 2018 (5 comments)     

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Pentagon to Allow Nuclear Responses to Non-Nuclear Attacks The new NPR states that the United States could use nuclear weapons in response to non-nuclear attacks, including cyberattacks, in "extreme circumstances to defend the vital interests of the United States, its allies and partners." This new strategy opens the door to first-use of nuclear weapons, which is prohibited under international law.

White House Counsel Don McGahn Almost Resigned Over Trump insisting he fire Special Counsel Robert Mue Wednesday, January 31, 2018 (2 comments)     

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Sometimes, White House Staff Have a Legal Duty to Disobey the President Trump, who demands loyalty from everyone around him, is probably increasingly nervous these days, as Mueller has secured the cooperation of Flynn and former Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, both of whom face sentencing after pleading guilty to lying to the FBI.

NSA Spying on YouTube, Facebook Tuesday, January 23, 2018 (3 comments)     

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Congress's Ratification of Trump's Spying Power Is a Direct Threat to Our Privacy The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Reauthorization Act of 2017, which Congress passed on January 19, poses a serious threat to the privacy of our internet communications.

DACA protest Thursday, January 18, 2018     

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We Cannot Expect a President With Racism "in His DNA" to Save DACA Trump ended temporary protected status for 200,000 people from El Salvador, effective September 2019; many of them have been in the United States for 20 years. In November, Trump had halted temporary protected status for 59,000 Haitians, who are still reeling from the earthquake and cholera epidemic that have devastated that country.

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un Monday, January 8, 2018 (8 comments)     

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Trump's Nuclear Threat Warrants Removal From Office The 25th Amendment provides for the vice president to assume the presidency when he and a majority of the president's cabinet declare in writing that the president "is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office." If the president challenges that determination, two-thirds of both houses of Congress are required to affirm that the president is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.

Donald Trump Hugs American Flag Saturday, December 30, 2017 (2 comments)     

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Trump's "America First" Security Strategy Imperils the US Documentation of poverty in the United States is conspicuously absent from Trump's National Security Strategy (NSS). In fact, Pillar II of the NSS cites "unnecessary regulations" as problematic. Deregulation serves the interest of the wealthy. Since he took office, Trump has eliminated hundreds of regulations that protect health, safety and workers.

Robert Mueller and the Russia probe Wednesday, December 20, 2017     

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Trump Apologists Are Gunning for Mueller Two Florida GOP congressmen, who flew with Trump on Air Force One to a Roy Moore rally, are gunning for Mueller. Rep. Matt Gaetz said the United States is "at risk of a coup d'etat" by Mueller. Gaetz introduced a resolution calling for Mueller's firing. And Rep. Ron DeSantis is sponsoring legislation to terminate Mueller's funding.

Israeli settlements Sunday, December 3, 2017     

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Israel and US Hide Names of Companies Supporting Israeli Settlements Israel seeks to suppress the identities of the companies that support the settlements because it is feeling the pinch of the BDS movement. The United States thinks publication of the list would be "counterproductive" because it would fuel BDS, thereby negatively impacting Israel, the leading US client state and biggest recipient of US foreign aid.

Trump's threats to Kim Jong Un Sunday, November 26, 2017 (6 comments)     

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The Duty to Disobey a Nuclear Launch Order There is cause for concern that Donald Trump may order a nuclear strike on North Korea. Trump has indicated his willingness to use nuclear weapons. In early 2016, he asked a senior foreign policy adviser about nuclear weapons three times during a briefing and then queried, "If we have them why can't we use them?"

Guantanamo bay prisoners Friday, November 17, 2017 (2 comments)     

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US Military and CIA Leaders May Be Investigated for War Crimes If a full investigation of US officials proceeds as requested, it "would send a clear signal to the Trump administration and other countries around the world that torture is categorically prohibited, even in times of war, and there will be consequences for authorizing and committing acts of torture," according to Jamil Dakwar, director of the ACLU's Human Rights Program.

Mueller is investigating the Trump money trail Friday, November 10, 2017 (7 comments)     

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Robert Mueller Is Moving Toward Donald Trump NBC News reports that Trump Jr. is "under scrutiny by Mueller." It's quite possible that Mueller is investigating both Trump and Trump Jr. for conspiracy to violate the Federal Election Campaign Act. In this case, the president could potentially be named as an unindicted co-conspirator.

Rex Tillerson and James Mattis Tuesday, November 7, 2017 (8 comments)     

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Mattis, Tillerson Want Blank Check To Wage Illegal War Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on October 30 that the Trump administration has all the legal authority it needs to kill people anywhere in the world. Congress must retain the power to authorize war, which is what the framers intended. They should refrain from relinquishing it to an unpredictable and volatile president.

Donald Trump - Caricature Wednesday, November 1, 2017 (4 comments)     

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Trump Is Killing Record Numbers of Civilians We can expect to see increasing numbers of civilian deaths as Trump continues the "war on terror" he inherited from his predecessors. Since Bush launched this war after 9/11, we have become more vulnerable to terrorism. Civilian killings heighten anger toward the United States and lead to stepped-up recruitment of those who would do us harm.

Replace Insecure https://i.ytimg.com/vi/61VrSiRo9bo/mqdefault.jpg Friday, October 20, 2017     

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Trump and Netanyahu Walk in Lockstep on Iran In spite of the fact that the IAEA has affirmed eight times -- most recently in August -- that Iran is meeting its obligations under the deal, Trump refused to certify Iran was in compliance and he decided the deal is not in the US national security interests.

Image created from image crediting Monday, October 9, 2017 (3 comments)     

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The Vietnam War Is Not History For Victims Of Agent Orange Agent Orange/dioxin was an herbicidal chemical weapon manufactured by U.S. chemical companies like Dow and Monsanto and sprayed by the U.S. military from 1961 to 1971. Dioxin is one of the most toxic chemicals known to humankind. Approximately 3 million Vietnamese and thousands of U.S. and allied soldiers were exposed to Agent Orange/dioxin.

Donald TRUMP VS Kim JONG-UN Saturday, September 30, 2017 (3 comments)     

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Trump Threatens Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity in North Korea By threatening to attack North Korea, Trump is endangering the lives of countless people. In the past, he has indicated his willingness to use nuclear weapons and Kim Jong-un has threatened to retaliate. The rapidly escalating rhetoric and provocative maneuvers on both sides has taken us to the brink of war. By stating the intention to totally destroy North Korea, Trump has threatened genocide.

Joe Arpaio Tuesday, September 19, 2017 (3 comments)     

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Will Judge Overturn Arpaio Pardon? Before he pardoned Arpaio, Trump told a crowd of supporters in Phoenix that rather than violating the law, Arpaio was "doing his job." But "no President till now has proclaimed that a public official who violated the Constitution and flouted orders was 'doing his job,'" three lawyers write.

Supreme Court Saturday, September 16, 2017 (1 comments)     

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Will the Courts Save the Dreamers? The Muslim Ban case could serve as a bellwether of DACA's fate in the high court. In a temporary order, the Court left parts of the ban in place pending its decision on the merits. Three justices -- Alito, Thomas and Gorsuch -- would have allowed the ban to continue in its entirety. They would also probably defer to Trump in the DACA case.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Announcement on the DACA Dreamers Program Thursday, September 7, 2017 (1 comments)     

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Sessions Is Wrong: There Is No Legal Justification for Ending DACA More than 400 chief executives, many from the nation's largest corporations, signed an open letter urging Trump and Congress to protect the Dreamers. They predicted, "Our economy would lose $460.3 billion from the national GDP and $24.6 billion in Social Security and Medicare tax contributions" if DACA is ended.

Joe Arpaio Tuesday, August 29, 2017 (1 comments)     

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Trump's Arpaio Pardon Signals to White Supremacists: "I've Got Your Back" Perhaps most significant is what the pardon says about the president. It demonstrates beyond doubt that Trump and Arpaio share the same values. Both men are racist to the core. Neither has any respect for the law. And both retaliate against those who criticize their actions. Like Trump, Arpaio attacked judges who ruled against him.

Donald Trump Monday, August 21, 2017 (2 comments)     

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Time to Impeach Trump The president's reprehensible behavior in this moment creates a new sense of urgency. We cannot postpone consideration of impeachment until Special Counsel Robert Mueller finishes his criminal investigation. It is time to pressure the House of Representatives to bring articles of impeachment against Trump for his abuse of power. We must stop this president before he launches a new civil war and/or nuclear war.

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un Sunday, August 13, 2017 (3 comments)     

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A Preemptive Strike on North Korea Would Be Catastrophic and Illegal As we stand on the precipice of a disastrous war, these are the right circumstances for Trump to meet with Kim Jong-un. If Trump were to successfully negotiate a peace treaty with North Korea, he would receive plaudits for being a real diplomat. The unthinkable alternative is military action that would cause the deaths of untold numbers of Koreans, Japanese people and Americans.

Donald Trump Friday, August 4, 2017 (2 comments)     

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Donald Trump vs. The Rule of Law Rather than acting to fulfill his constitutional duty to faithfully execute the laws, Trump is violating or advocating violation of many of them. His law-breaking renders him vulnerable to criminal indictment and perhaps eventually to impeachment.

Donald Trump, Jr. Sunday, July 16, 2017 (9 comments)     

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Trump Jr. Emails and Meeting With Russian Lawyer Are Probable Cause of Federal Crime On June 9, Trump Jr., then campaign manager Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior advisor, met with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin, at Trump Tower. Trump Jr. arranged the meeting with the expectation of receiving negative information the Russian government supposedly had about Hillary Clinton.

Predator Drone Friday, July 14, 2017 (3 comments)     

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Courts Must Hold Executive Branch Accountable for Drone Strikes No one from the Bush, Obama or Trump administrations has been held legally accountable for their unlawful killing of thousands of civilians. Although Bush used armed drones, the targeted killing program reached its zenith during the Obama administration. It took three years for Barack Obama to make good on his pledge to be transparent about the United States' lethal drone program.

Judge Neil Gorsuch Thursday, June 29, 2017 (2 comments)     

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Gorsuch Leans Far Right in Muslim Ban Case The travel-ban issue is still alive. We will see whether the Supreme Court decides the issue on its legal merits and defines the scope of executive power in national security matters, or dismisses the case as moot. Meanwhile, we would do well to note the significance of Gorsuch's affirmation of unbridled executive power.

Julian Assange Monday, May 29, 2017 (8 comments)     

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The Meaning of Assange's Persecution The long legal ordeal of Julian Assange -- and the continuing threats against the WikiLeaks founder -- make a mockery of the West's supposed commitment to press freedom and the public's right to know

Donald Trump Friday, May 19, 2017 (10 comments)     

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Did Trump Commit High Crimes and Misdemeanors? As evidence of President Donald Trump's malfeasance emerges, the old adage that the cover-up is worse than the crime may once again prove true.

Image created from image crediting Thursday, March 30, 2017 (1 comments)     

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Israel Hits Back Against Boycott Israeli officials are attacking on several fronts against people who support the BDS movement as a nonviolent way to pressure Israel to respect Palestinian human rights, writes Marjorie Cohn.

Image created from image crediting Tuesday, March 28, 2017     

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Neil Gorsuch and the Deconstruction of the Administrative State Gorsuch is a staunch, longtime conservative judge who, in spite of his refusal to tip his hand about his ideology, has taken positions that confirm his right-wing bona fides. His right-wing ideology and Bannon's frightening agenda would dismantle important protections and endanger us all.

Image created from image crediting Friday, March 17, 2017 (1 comments)     

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Evaluate New Travel Ban in Light of International Law International law principles require courts to reject any attempt by the President to define classes based on national origin or religion. The EO makes a distinction based on religion. All six of the listed countries have majority Muslim populations. As the brief says, "the EO does not suspend immigration from any state with a non-Muslim majority."

Trump Cheeto Voldemort Friday, February 17, 2017     

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The Toxic Policies of "President Agent Orange" Since taking office, Trump has moved systematically to unravel protections for immigrants, workers, the environment, Native Americans and other people of color, as well as the right to healthcare. He has moved to deregulate Wall Street, incurring a real risk of another financial meltdown. And his Muslim ban created worldwide chaos, pain and insecurity for untold numbers of people.

Image created from image crediting Sunday, February 5, 2017 (4 comments)     

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Though Blocked for Now, Trump's Unconstitutional Muslim Ban Deserves Total Destruction None of the 9/11 hijackers came from any of the seven countries. There have been no fatal terrorist attacks on US soil by anyone from those countries. Therefore, there is no compelling state interest for treating the two classes differently. This is particularly true in light of Trump's statements that his order would prioritize "Christians" seeking asylum over "Muslims."

Replace Insecure https://i.ytimg.com/vi/6YrGIaZPtps/mqdefault.jpg Monday, January 30, 2017     

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Remembering People's Lawyer Len Weinglass Tobocman's unique book is required reading for all who seek to learn about the remarkable legal career of Leonard Weinglass. It also provides a valuable history lesson of people's struggles that will inspire a new generation of political activists as we face the daunting task of resisting Donald Trump's dangerous, frightening, mean-spirited, downright cruel agenda.

A button urging freedom for Army Pvt. Bradley (now Chelsea) Manning. Wednesday, January 25, 2017 (2 comments)     

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The Injustices of Manning's Ordeal For exposing war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan, Pvt. Chelsea Manning suffered nearly seven years in prison, an ordeal President Obama finally is ending but without acting on the crimes she revealed, says Marjorie Cohn.

Senator Jeff Sessions speaking at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC on October 7, 2011 (Photo: Gage Skidmore / F Monday, January 16, 2017     

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Smooth-Talking Jeff Sessions Can't Hide Disturbing Record A long-time prosecutor before joining the Senate 20 years ago, Jeff Sessions supports draconian mandatory minimum sentences that remove discretion from judges to tailor sentences to the individual and fuel mass incarceration that disproportionately targets people of color.

President Barack Obama addresses the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 20, 2016. Tuesday, January 10, 2017     

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Obama Belatedly Says No to Israel If President Obama had confronted Israel over its illegal settlements earlier, he might have really achieved something, but his U.N. abstention as he heads out the door is better than nothing, observes Marjorie Cohn.

Afghanistan_rubble.jpg: Afghanistan rubble Saturday, December 31, 2016 (3 comments)     

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A Year Of U.S. Militarism Trump favors expanding U.S. nuclear capability until the "world comes to its senses." He pledged to build a wall on the US-Mexico border to keep out immigrants he has called "criminals" and rapists." And he continues to reiterate his pledge to ban Muslims from the United States and build a Muslim "registry." Anybody for war?

Replace Insecure https://www.marioscubancigars.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/castrocigar-300x231.jpg Sunday, December 4, 2016 (5 comments)     

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The Remarkable Story of Fidel Castro Since Fidel Castro's death, the mainstream U.S. news media has been on a flashback to the Cold War presenting one-sided denunciations of the "communist dictator," but there is another side to the story, explains Marjorie Cohn.

Tom Hayden, anti-war activist and progressive leader. Wednesday, October 26, 2016 (6 comments)     

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Tom Hayden, Courageous Warrior for Peace The death of Tom Hayden at age 76 marked the passing of a major progressive leader who championed causes from civil rights to Vietnam War opposition to the environment, as Marjorie Cohn recalls.

The lynching of Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson and Isaac McGhie in Duluth, Minnesota, June 15. 1920. Monday, October 3, 2016     

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Trump's Blindness Toward Slavery, Jim Crow Donald Trump's remarkable comments about American blacks never being worse off demonstrated a stunning ignorance of or callousness toward the grotesque evils of slavery and Jim Crow, writes Marjorie Cohn.

Obama_Israel_1.jpg: Obama and Israel Friday, September 30, 2016 (1 comments)     

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President Obama: "Patron" of the Israeli Occupation Obama increased the amount of money the U.S. provides Israel each year from $3.1 to $3.8 billion. Obama put his money where his heart apparently is with the unprecedented allocation of military assistance to Israel. The annual $3.8 billion, more money than the U.S. gives to any other country, will fund the continuing Israeli military occupation of Palestinian lands, now in its fifth decade.

Replace Insecure http://www.conservapedia.com/images/thumb/b/b5/Waronterror.jpg/300px-Waronterror.jpg Monday, September 19, 2016 (4 comments)     

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Fifteen Years After 9/11, Perpetual "War on Terror" Continues Unabated It is up to all of us to speak out, write and protest against endless war. That means pressuring Congress and the White House, holding demonstrations and inserting our opposition into the media and public debate. Our very survival depends on it.

War criminals Tuesday, September 6, 2016 (4 comments)     

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Iraqi Woman Uses Chilcot Report in War Crimes Lawsuit against George W. Bush Sundus Saleh, an Iraqi woman, first filed her lawsuit against George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice and Paul Wolfowitz in September 2013. Alleging that the Iraq War constituted an illegal crime of aggression, Saleh filed the suit on behalf of herself and other Iraqis in the US District Court for the Northern District of California.

Guantanamo Bay prisoner Abu Zubaydah Sunday, August 28, 2016 (1 comments)     

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Abu Zubaydah: Torture's "Poster Child" The ugly legacy of George W. Bush's torture program continues to haunt U.S. foreign policy as the "poster child" for waterboarding, Abu Zubaydah, makes an appeal for his release from Guantanamo, writes Marjorie Cohn.

Penitentiary_of_New_Mexico_-_Lethal_Injection_Bed.jpg: Lethal Injection Bed Saturday, August 27, 2016 (1 comments)     

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California May Abolish the Death Penalty There is no evidence that the death penalty deters crime. Capital punishment has been applied arbitrarily due to inherent bias, local political pressures on prosecutors and judges, and lack of access to quality defense attorneys by those convicted. According to Death Penalty Focus, the race of the victim and the race of the defendant are major determinants in who is sentenced to death in this country.

Donald Trump Thursday, July 28, 2016 (1 comments)     

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The Content of Donald Trump's Character Though some anti-war Americans see hope that Donald Trump would pull back from foreign wars, they also must face his undeniable record of racial and sexist bigotry, writes Marjorie Cohn.

Dallas Shooti Monday, July 25, 2016 (4 comments)     

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Killing with robots increases militarization of police the Dallas police chose to execute Johnson with their killer robot. This was an unlawful use of force and a violation of due process. Due process means arrest and fair trial. It is what separates democracies from dictatorships, in which the executive acts as judge, jury and executioner.

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Numbers in Obama's Drone Deaths Report Just Don't Add Up Like his predecessor, Obama defines the whole world as his battlefield, reserving for himself the role of judge, jury and executioner. Compliance with due process (arrest and fair trial), which the U.S. Constitution guarantees all persons, not just U.S. citizens, has not been a priority in the Obama administration's "war on terror."

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Aug. 30, 2013, claimed to have proof that the Syrian government was responsible fo Wednesday, June 22, 2016 (5 comments)     

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US Bombing Syrian Troops Would Be Illegal Secretary of State Kerry met with dissident State Department "diplomats" to hear their call for U.S. airstrikes on Syrian government troops, but the plan is both dangerous and illegal, writes Marjorie Cohn.

Bernie Sanders Future To Believe In Tuesday, June 7, 2016 (1 comments)     

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The Racial Divide Between Sanders and Trump Sanders has cited Trump's demagoguery, which, the former thinks, is a reaction to fear and anger that many people feel, leading them to embrace scapegoating. "Don't go to the dark side," Sanders implores. He advocates building a strong, progressive movement. "Real change," he told us yesterday, "has never taken place from the top on down, only from the bottom up."

The activism and human rights work of Michael Ratner, who died last week at the age of 72, dated back to the 1960s. Tuesday, May 17, 2016     

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Michael Ratner's Death Is a Loss for Freedom, Peace and Justice Michael will probably be best remembered for his victory in gaining the right to habeas corpus for U.S. detainees held in Cuba at Guantanamo. Michael was lead counsel in the 2004 case of Rasul v. Bush, in which the Supreme Court upheld the right of those detained as "enemy combatants" at Guantanamo to have their petitions for habeas corpus heard by U.S. courts.

Hillary Clinton Brings Down The House At AIPAC Monday, April 18, 2016 (1 comments)     

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Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton: The Palestinian Defender vs. the Israel Apologist There is a vast difference between Sanders and Clinton on Israel. Make no mistake. A President Hillary Clinton would strengthen Israel's noose around the necks of the Palestinian people. She would not be an honest broker in any process to bring peace to that region.

Cuba's human rights record Friday, March 18, 2016     

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Human Rights Hypocrisy: US Criticizes Cuba The hypocrisy of the US government in lecturing Cuba about its human rights while denying many basic human rights to the American people is glaring. The United States should lift the blockade. Obama should close Guantanamo and return it to Cuba.

Hillary Clinton Tuesday, March 15, 2016 (7 comments)     

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Hillary Clinton's Link to a Nasty Piece of Work in Honduras A critical difference between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton is their position on whether children who fled violence in Central American countries, particularly Honduras, two years ago should be allowed to stay in the United States or be returned. Sanders states unequivocally that they should be able to remain in the U.S. Clinton disagrees. She would guarantee them "due process," but nothing more.

Hillary Clinton Monday, March 7, 2016 (1 comments)     

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Clinton Still Hides Her Speeches After serving as Secretary of State and before starting her run for President, Hillary Clinton amassed millions of dollars in speaking fees from big banks and corporate interests with business before the federal government -- and she won't say what she said, as Marjorie Cohn points out.

Hillary Clinton Monday, February 29, 2016 (2 comments)     

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Occupy Hillary Clinton's Wall Street Speeches Why do voters need to know what Hillary told the banks? Because it was Wall Street that was responsible for the 2008 recession, making life worse for most Americans. We need to know what, if anything, she promised these behemoths. Big banks and large contributors don't give their money away for nothing. They expect that their interests will be well served by those to whom they donate.

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How Scalia's Absence Will Affect Pending Supreme Court Cases Cases in which Scalia was assigned to author the majority opinion will probably be set for re-argument next term, which starts in October, hopefully with a new justice. If Scalia was part of a five-justice majority, the court will now be divided 4-4. In cases in which there is no majority, the lower court decision will be "affirmed by an equally divided court."

OJ Simpson Friday, February 19, 2016     

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Lessons From the O.J. Simpson Case for the Presidential Race and the Nation's Racial Divide As we ponder whom to support in the presidential primaries, let us ask ourselves which candidate will passionately and tirelessly fight racism on the institutional level. That means creating jobs, implementing universal health care, ending the militarism of the police and advocating legislation to reduce the draconian sentences that disproportionately impact African-Americans.

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