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New Licensing Regime Jolts Freight Forwarders
THISDAY LiveJanuary 1, 2012

Although the Customs and Excise Management Act provides for self clearing in which an importer is allowed the option of clearing its goods, most of them prefer to use clearing agents because of the bureaucracy involved. Accordingly, government reviews ...more »

What America's Same-Sex Couples and Our Families Gained in 2011
10 Thousand CouplesJanuary 1, 2012

Throughout the nation, we saw a variety of anti-discrimination laws passed in 2011, significantly protecting against discrimination based on gender identity. In Massachusetts, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law HB 3810, which prohibits employers ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Newt is absolutely right about over-reaching of our judiciary
Athens NEWSJanuary 3, 2012

The Supreme Court has invoked "judicial supremacy" wherein courts not only review and apply laws but also actively seek to modify and create new constitutional law from the bench. The Supreme Court has asserted that a decision should be binding on the ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Legislation and litigation
Malaysia StarJanuary 2, 2012

Into this also comes the consideration involving issues relating to freedom of the press. Announcements made in the course of the past year have created great expectations with regard to changes in the law which touches on restraint of liberty, ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Notable deaths around nation, world as of Jan. 15, 2012
OregonLive.com (blog)January 14, 2012

Ruth Fernandez, 92, of San Juan, Puerto Rico, a deep-voiced singer who broke racial and gender barriers and later was elected a senator for the US territory, died Jan. 9. She began singing professionally at 14 and was hired by Mingo and the Whoopee ...more »

Native Americans
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Eric Holder Is Camera Shy...And He Also Has A Problem With The Truth
Philadelphia Inquirer (blog)January 2, 2012

Eric Holder may come out and say, as he recently did, that electoral laws are being used to advance discrimination, but the Attorney General has yet to explain how forcing someone to prove they are citizens violates their fundamental rights. ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Freedom of religion
The PilotJanuary 6, 2012

This kind of unjust discrimination certainly exists, and given the history of such unjust discrimination against Blacks and women, laws forbidding unjust discrimination have been adopted. Since freedom of religion is a fundamental human right, ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Eminent domain battle ends in Waterbury
WTNHJanuary 11, 2012

Waterbury, Conn. (WTNH) - Building a new school for the students of Waterbury or the right of property owners to keep what they own: the Board of Aldermen were prepared for a bit of a battle Tuesday night. The Waterbury public schools came prepared, ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Sexual assaults are up at Naval Academy – or are they?
Baltimore Sun (blog)January 7, 2012

But do the findings of the Pentagon report on sexual harassment and assaults mean that such incidents are on the rise in Annapolis? Or do they show that midshipmen have grown more aware of sexual assault and are more likely to report it to authorities? ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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FedEx Seen Losing $400M in Next Postal Contract
BloombergJanuary 6, 2012

UPS Estimate UPS's mail-flying contract is valued at about $95 million, according to David Hendel, a partner at Washington law firm Husch Blackwell LLP who specializes in postal contracting. FedEx's $1.4 billion contract for fiscal 2010 made it the ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Two Arrested In Connection With Local Burglary Ring Activity
KWTXJanuary 6, 2012

Subsequent investigation led to the Oct. 6, 2011 execution of a search warrant in the 3600 block of Scroggins Drive in Bellmead where officers recovered thousands of dollars worth of stolen property. Among the items seized were three large ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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Islamists eye 'sin-free' tourism
Washington TimesJanuary 3, 2012

The crowd chanted, “Tourism will be at its best under Freedom and Justice,” the Brotherhood's party and the most influential political group to emerge from the fall of President Hosni Mubarak. Since their success in the first round of parliamentary ...more »

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