"America is a force for good in the Middle East," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday in Cairo, in an expansive speech in which the top U.S. diplomat repudiated the Obama administration's Middle East policies and accused it of making crucial errors that worsened a string of crises in the region. … [Read more...] about In Cairo, Pompeo Slams Obama’s Mideast Policies, Says Era Of ‘American Shame Is Over’
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Last month, Colombia became the only Latin American country to join NATO as a “global partner,” meaning it will be fully accredited to Brussels but does not necessarily have to take part in military action. Global partners can cooperate with NATO on a range of defensive and security issues, and other nations with this status include Afghanistan, Australia, Iraq, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mongolia, New Zealand and Pakistan. Though not full members, the involvement of these countries shows NATO’s global influence, which continues to unsettle Russia. … [Read more...] about NATO Summit: What Will Be the Key Contention Points in Brussels?
The OAS held an emergency meeting in Washington on Thursday, but did not vote on recognizing Guaidó as the leader of Venezuela. However, 16 countries approved a declaration recognizing Guaidó as president. Meanwhile, the U.S. has requested an open U.N. Security Council meeting on Saturday morning to discuss the ongoing situation in Venezuela. … [Read more...] about U.S. sends humanitarian aid to bolster Guaidó’s nascent government in Venezuela
The post emergency era, and 1980s witnessed numerous cases which involved progressive interpretation of the Indian Constitution. It adopted a ‘progressively interventionist’ role in the state’s affairs especially with regard to socio-economic rights and Part IV of the Constitution served as a tool. The PIL jurisprudence including the epistolary facet evolved around mostly Social Action Litigation in India. Prof. Upendra Baxi remarks that in 1980s the Supreme Court of India became Supreme Court for Indians. Justice Bhagwati and Justice Krishna Iyer recognised the possibility of access to justice to the marginalised people through PILs by going beyond the conventional concept of locus standi for enforcing social justice. The principle that surfaced is that the law has to be in tune with the time and the Court should appreciate the grievances and if incidentally the law is lagging a little behind in time because of inertia, the judge has to be thoughtful enough to give a … [Read more...] about Indian Justice System: Thoughts For Progressive Orientation [Text Of Dr.LM Singhvi Memorial Lecture By Justice Dipak Misra]
With regard to increased access to State and local procurements, the EU has a harder case to make. While many countries are able to negotiate trade agreements on behalf of their provincial or local governments, the United States is different. In our federal system, the US government negotiates free trade agreements on behalf of State and local governments only with the individual State’s permission. Functionally, this means that there is no single person within the US government who can negotiate or even guarantee increased access to State or local government procurements across the board, and for the US Trade Representative to address the issue comprehensively there must be buy-in from fifty different governments – a very difficult and time consuming process. Some State and local governments are included in existing US free trade agreements, and as we saw in 2009 and 2010 when Canada demanded increased access to US stimulus procurements by State and local governments, … [Read more...] about Free(er?) Trade – US, EU and Canada Quibble Over Market Access and Domestic Preferences