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Israel weighs settlement boycott ‘ban’

Israel’s parliament was poised on Monday to vote on a law that would effectively ban Israelis from calling for boycotts of any part of the Jewish state or its settlements on occupied Palestinian land. Activists and intellectuals have criticised the controversial bill, accusing the MPs behind it of stifling free…

Britain calls for fresh probe of Sri Lanka war crimes

COLOMBO — Defence Secretary Liam Fox has urged the Sri Lankan government to investigate war crimes alleged to have been committed during the island’s separatist conflict with Tamil rebels. The British High Commission said Liam Fox had pushed Sri Lanka, a former British colony, to probe the charges of deliberate…

Groups sue to overturn ‘discriminatory’ Alabama immigration law

BIRMINGHAM, Ala (Reuters) – Civil rights groups on Friday filed a lawsuit challenging Alabama’s new immigration law, described as the toughest in the nation by both critics and supporters. The lawsuit says Alabama’s law will subject both citizens and non-citizens to “criminal penalties and incarceration for innocent daily activities, such…

Egypt protesters demand ‘civil marriage’

CAIRO — Dozens of Egyptians protested on Thursday to demand the introduction of civil marriages, in order to be able to divorce or remarry. Protesters — Coptic Christians as well as Muslims — want the next parliament elected in September to adopt a law to to allow civil marriages. Currently,…

In signing anti-abortion bill, Louisiana gov. compares women to criminals

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) signed a bill into law yesterday that requires women’s health clinics to post signage notifying patients of alternatives to abortion. At the signing ceremony, Jindal said he was proud to help make his state one that supports a “culture of life,” adding that women will…

Connecticut governor signs law protecting transgender people

Democratic Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy signed legislation Wednesday that is designed to prevent discrimination based on gender identity or expression. The new law adds the phrase “gender identity or expression” to all existing state sex discrimination laws, making Connecticut the 15th state to specifically protect transgender people. Anything under authority…

Florida Libertarian Party calls on sheriffs to arrest TSA officers

On July 4, the Florida Libertarian Party sent an email to the sheriffs of all 67 counties in the state demanding they arrest Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers for violating the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and Section 12 of the Florida Constitution. “Every single day, TSA employees conduct…

Lawyers: Protect IP Act would align U.S. Internet policy with ‘repressive regimes’

A group of Internet and intellectual property law professors have penned a letter to congressional lawmakers in opposition to the Protect IP Act, which would give the government sweeping new powers to take websites offline, censor search engines and sue Internet publishers accused of infringing activities. In the letter, they…

Pro-Palestinian activists plan to flood Israeli airport

JERUSALEM — Israel was making intense preparations on Monday to foil plans by hundreds of activists to flood Israel’s Ben Gurion international airport on Friday in a show of solidarity with the Palestinians. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch to coordinate all law enforcement and…

Motorcyclist protesting helmet law dies of head injury

A motorcyclist riding in a group without a helmet died in an accident when he flipped over his handlebars, Reuters reported. The man, Philip Contos, was bare-headed on purpose — the group he was riding with was protesting New York’s law requiring that motorcyclists wear helmets. He died of the…

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