BOISE, Idaho — The recent revelation that National Rifle Association representatives had met with Australian politicians to discuss talking points after a mass shooting generated outrage from various politicians. The reality is that the NRA has been exerting its influence on gun debates outside the U.S. for a number of years, exporting its firebrand rhetoric and belief that more guns will lead to less crime. The lobbying group has sought sway at the United Nations to make it easier to sell American guns overseas and has on more than one occasion guided gun-rights groups in Brazil, Canada, Australia and elsewhere. It advised gun activists in Russia, entanglements that in recent years made the NRA vulnerable to allegations it allowed alleged Russian operatives to use the organization to influence American politics. While American gun rights are enshrined in the U.S. Constitution — something that doesn’t translate to most countries around the world — the … [Read more...] about NRA has history of advising gun-rights groups outside U.S.
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World Rights groups have condemned the planned introduction of punishments such as stoning and amputation in Brunei, with tough new legislation set to take effect from next week. In 2014, the oil-rich monarchy introduced the Sharia penal code to increase the influence of Islam in the former British protectorate, which is located between two Malaysian states on Borneo island. Becoming the first East Asian country to introduce Islamic criminal law, that same year it pushed the first of three stages of legal changes, including fines or jail for offenses such as pregnancy outside marriage or failing to pray on Friday, Reuters reported. The Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah (C) at the Royal Palace in Amman, on October 4, 2018. Rights groups have condemned tough new sharia laws in Brunei which could see violent punishments meted out to the LGBT community. KHALIL MAZRAAWI/AFP/Getty Images The other two sections of the penal code, which had been delayed five years ago due … [Read more...] about Death by Stoning for Gay Sex, Amputation for Theft: Tiny Oil Kingdom of Brunei to Introduce Extreme Version of Sharia Law
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The head of the Southern Poverty Law Center is stepping down, the latest high-profile departure from the watchdog organization. Southern Poverty Law Center President Richard Cohen on Friday announced his resignation to staff. A spokesman for the organization said he could not comment on personnel matters. The law center is best known for its work monitoring extremist groups. The organization last week fired founder and prominent civil rights attorney Morris Dees for unspecified reasons. The organization said it is "committed to ensuring the conduct of our staff reflects the mission of the organization and the values we hope to instill in the world." The group this week announced it hired a one-time aide to former first lady Michelle Obama to review workplace practices. … [Read more...] about Watchdog group’s leader steps down after founder’s firing
0 Have your say ON June 18, 2017, Darren Osborne drove a van into a crowd of people gathered outside a north London mosque, killing one man and injuring 12 people. He had also intended to murder the Leader of the Opposition and the Mayor of London. Just one month earlier, Osborne was a different person with no history of extreme ideology or beliefs. His ex-partner claimed he had been radicalised in just three weeks. The ground was laid by his mental health problems, long-term unemployment and alcohol abuse, but the catalyst was a television drama about grooming gangs in Rochdale. After seeing it, Osborne spent the next three weeks consuming anti-Muslim extremist propaganda online, after which he was ready to kill innocent people.Whether it is inspiring domestic terrorism, young British people being pulled into fighting for terrorists overseas, or facilitating the resurgence of the far right, online radicalisation is a frighteningly dangerous process which we are … [Read more...] about Lucy Powell: The law needs to catch up with facebook and a world of online hate
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by BySharon LaFraniere Sept. 13, 2018 WASHINGTON — It was the summer of 1986, and Paul Manafort, then a top-tier Washington lobbyist, counted no fewer than 10 foreign governments and political groups as clients. He directed American media campaigns for them, met with officials in the White House, State Department and Congress on their behalf and strategized about how to sway United States policy toward their interests. What he did not do was disclose much of his activity to the Justice Department, as required by the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the law governing lobbying for foreign interests. Federal investigators confronted him about those omissions, ordered him to correct his filings and warned him not to repeat the same mistakes. Thirty-two years later, Mr. Manafort’s … [Read more...] about Manafort Case Puts New Scrutiny on Foreign Lobbying Law’s Shortcomings