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Putting an end to corruption
Management TodayNovember 1, 2011

'It's surprisingly common in international construction contracts, but a kind of bribery. These "sponsors" are often connected to the ruling elite and you're expected to pay them a retainer to make "connections".' Darby declined and didn't get the ...more »

Moody's Cuts Argentine Oil Companies on Capital Control Law
BusinessWeekNovember 1, 2011

The foreign currency rating of Pan American Energy LLC's Argentine unit was reduced one step to Ba3, three levels below investment grade, according to a statement. Moody's also cut Petrobras Argentina SA, a unit of Brazil's state-controlled oil company ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights News and Stories

Affirmative Action
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Udall: Amend the Constitution, Wipe Out Citizens United
Wall Street Journal (blog)November 2, 2011

In a statement today, the group points out that Boulder, Colorado, became the second city in the nation last night to pass a ballot measure calling for an amendment to the US Constitution to end “corporate personhood.” In April, Madison and Dane County ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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'Freedom' in law, but not in attitude
The Canberra TimesNovember 2, 2011

Sweden, for example, enshrined press freedom in law almost 350 years ago. Each year, its government publishes every citizen's income-tax return - and no one has a problem with it. Many other northern and continental European nations embrace the same ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Undocumented need a family sponsor
New York Daily NewsNovember 3, 2011

The Immigration and Nationality Act uses the terms “cancellation of removal” in several sections. Here we are concerned with cancellation of removal for undocumented immigrants. Besides the 10 years presence here, you must prove that your US citizen or ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Supporters Say Robo-Calls Are Freedom Of Speech
Indiana Public MediaNovember 3, 2011

He says federal law supersedes Indiana code. “To tell you the truth I'm insulted when I hear a person who is an attorney general of a state talk about issues of minor inconvenience to voters in the state when you are dealing with political expression...more »

Native Americans
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Higher Education Academics Say Disaggregation Key to Fighting 'Model Minority ...
Diverse: Issues in Higher EducatioNovember 1, 2011

For African-Americans in the 20th century, few civil rights challenges took on greater importance than the issue of desegregation. For Asian-Americans in the 21st century, one of the most important issues in the arena of civil rights is increasingly ...more »

Eminent Domain
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PLF in a Top Tier in US News' 2011-12 “Best Law Firms” Rankings
Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) (press release)November 1, 2011

The rankings, based on surveys of thousands of law firms in 75 practice areas, are posted online. PLF is listed under "Metropolitan Top-Tier Rankings," in the "Sacramento" category, for the specialty, "Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law. ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Michigan anti-bullying law causes religious debate
MU The ParthenonNovember 8, 2011

This loophole was explained in an article by Time Magazine writer, Amy Sullivan: "In other words, social conservatives believe that efforts to protect gays from assault, discrimination or bullying impinge on their religious freedom to express and act...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Group asks Conduct Bureau to give details on Jonathan, 14 ex-governors
The Nation NewspaperNovember 11, 2011

Invoking the Freedom of Information Act 2011, the non-governmental organisation gave the bureau seven days within which to furnish it with the details of the initial charge against all of them. The CCB recently charged former Lagos State Governor, ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Survey: Sexual harassment pervasive in grades 7-12
Chattanooga Times Free PressNovember 6, 2011

Added up, it's an epidemic — student-on-student sexual harassment that is pervasive in America's middle schools and high schools. During the 2010-11 school year, 48 percent of students in grades 7-12 experienced some form of sexual harassment in ...more »

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