Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Monkey Cage Analysis Analysis Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events by Sebastian Dettman by Sebastian Dettman May 15 at 7:00 AM At a convenience shop in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Friday, a man takes a copy of a newspaper with the headline reporting that Mahathir Mohamad has been sworn in as Malaysia’s new prime minister. (AP) Malaysia’s ruling coalition had been in power for 61 years — until the May 9 surprise electoral upset by the Hope Pact (Pakatan Harapan) party coalition. While Southeast … [Read more...] about The Malaysian election results were a surprise. Here are 4 things to know.
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AHMAD FAIZAL YAHYA / Shutterstock.comUpdated: In an opening salvo in what is expected to be a barrage of litigation over the disappearance of Malaysia Air Flight 370 earlier this month, a Chicago law firm has made an Illinois court filing seeking information that could help explain what happened to the plane and the 239 passengers and crew aboard it.Ribbeck Law Chartered asked the airline and the manufacturer of the Boeing 777 plane to provide information in discovery in its Cook County Circuit Court filing Monday and says the firm expects to represent survivors of about half the passengers on the doomed flight, the Chicago Tribune reports.“Our theory of the case is that there was a failure of the equipment in the cockpit that may have caused a fire that rendered the crew unconscious, or perhaps because of the defects in the fuselage which had been reported before there was some loss in the cabin pressure that also made the pilot and co-pilot unconscious,” said attorney … [Read more...] about Court filing seeks information about missing Malaysia Air flight
A civil asset forfeiture case filed by the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday claims $3.5 billion was stolen from a Malaysian-owned economic development company, and some of the money temporarily ended up in law firm accounts in the United States.The complaint alleges the diverted money was used to finance the film The Wolf of Wall Street and to buy property, high-priced art and a private jet, report Law.com, the New York Times, the Street and the Wall Street Journal (sub. req.) in stories here and here. The money was allegedly misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Berhad, also known as 1MDB.The Justice Department is seeking forfeiture or $1 billion in assets allegedly purchased with the diverted funds. One targeted asset consists of the profits from The Wolf of Wall Street.The Law.com story focuses on the law firms mentioned in the complaint, including Shearman & Sterling. According to the complaint, about $368 million was transferred to a Shearman & Sterling interest … [Read more...] about US forfeiture case says stolen funds landed in Shearman account, seeks ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ profits
ENERGY AND CLIMATE DEBATEThe Environmental Protection Agency will issue June 2 proposed CO2 regulations for existing power plants under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. While the agency and the Office of Management and Budget, which is currently conducting an interagency review of the proposed rule, remain hushed about the substance of the regulation, we know some details about the proposal, and theories about others continue to arise.As a whole, the forthcoming proposed regulations would mandate significant CO2 reductions while allowing power plant emissions to be offset with enhancements elsewhere in the system. As a result, the proposed regulations are splitting the electric utility industry’s typically unified opposition to new Environmental Protection Agency limits. For some, the rules could support nuclear reactors and natural gas, enhance renewable energy investments, or award early action, while othersview the upcoming rule as the Obama … [Read more...] about Energy & Environmental Law Update – May 27, 2014
The first task of this Assembly is to free India through a new constitution to feed the starving people and cloth and naked masses and to give every Indian fullest opportunity to develop himself according to his capacity a great risk………………. But at present the greatest and most important question in India is how to solve the problem of the poor and the starving. Wherever we turn, we are confronted with this problem, if we cannot solve this problem soon all our paper constitutions will become useless and purposeless. – Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru speaking on the Aims and Object resolution in the Constituent Assembly, 22 nd January 1947.The Food Security Bill which passed through Lok Sabha on the night of 26th August 2013 and by the Rajya Sabha on September 1, 2013 to become an Act of Parliament is a necessary correction in the trajectory of human development in India. 820 million Indians will receive every month 5 kg of rice or wheat or … [Read more...] about In Defence of the Food Security Act, 2013