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Swiss Turn Down World’s Highest Minimum Wage

Swiss voters rejected a proposal Sunday to introduce the world’s highest minimum wage, which would have guaranteed every worker in one of the priciest nations at least $25 an hour.

Posted on May 18, 2014 READ MORE



Ukraine Launches Deadly Assault on Rebel-Held Towns

Ukraine’s military launched assaults to retake rebel-held eastern towns on Thursday in which up to five people were reported killed, a move Russian President Vladimir Putin warned would have “consequences.”

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 READ MORE



Switzerland Votes to Narrow Immigration Pipeline From EU Countries

That old saw about Swiss independence could in part explain Switzerland’s vote, held Sunday, in favor of tightening restrictions on immigration into the country from European Union member nations.

Posted on Feb 9, 2014 READ MORE



No Peace From Syrian Deliberations

Much anticipated peace talks ended in an exchange of insults and no agreement after a week of conferences in Geneva.

Posted on Jan 31, 2014 READ MORE



Syrian Peace Talks Get Tense in Opening Session

Given that the international coalition, spearheaded by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, that convened in Switzerland on Wednesday for an emergency diplomatic intervention on the crisis in Syria carried a strong message underscoring the need for regime change, it’s not surprising that things got a little heated in the opening session.

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Elaine Thompson

Obama Catches a Break From Nuclear Deal With Iran

Since things on the domestic front aren’t exactly rosy for President Obama, the weekend’s breakthrough in international diplomacy, in the form of the early-morning deal struck by the U.S., Iran and five other key nations to reconfigure Iran’s nuclear program comes as a much-needed boost.

Posted on Nov 24, 2013 READ MORE



Abode of Chaos

The Little Boson That Wasn’t

Physicists worldwide are majorly bummed to learn that the new particle discovered this year that supposedly meant a big change in the way we understand the building blocks of our universe is merely “the simplest—and most boring—variety of Higgs boson.”

Posted on Nov 14, 2012 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

Chasing Down the ‘God Particle’

Do you know the story of the Higgs boson? It is also called the “God particle” in scientific circles, although certain conservatives would probably not approve, and it has been a kind of physicists’ Holy Grail for decades.

Posted on Dec 13, 2011 READ MORE


Iran nuclear program
payvand.com

U.S. to Huddle With Iran on Its Nuclear Plans

American diplomats are gearing up to carefully broach the topic of Tehran’s nuclear program with their Iranian counterparts during a summit on the subject in Geneva on Thursday, thus potentially going further than President Obama had been able to venture in earlier negotiation efforts.

Posted on Sep 30, 2009 READ MORE


Ahmadinejad

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Incredible Shrinking Audience

Clearly, several dozen delegates at the United Nations anti-racism conference in Geneva, Switzerland, disagreed with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s assessment of Israel as a “racist government” on Monday.

Posted on Apr 20, 2009 READ MORE



AP photo / Nam Y. Huh

Where’s Rev. Wright When You Need Him?

Israel and the United States will together boycott the United Nations World Conference Against Racism in Geneva. Racism, an endemic feature of Israeli and American society, is not, we have decided, open for international inspection. It’s times like this President Obama would do well to heed the sermons of his former pastor.

Posted on Apr 20, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / mknobil

New Hope in the Fight Against AIDS

World AIDS Day turns 20 today, and while we still don’t have a vaccine, researchers continue to make lifesaving breakthroughs. A team at the World Health Organization in Geneva recently came up with a “thought experiment” that, according to a mathematical model, could end the AIDS epidemic in Africa in only a decade.

Posted on Dec 1, 2008 READ MORE


Clooney
Wikimedia/Efloch

Clooney Raises $900K for Obama in Switzerland

He might have steered clear of last week’s Democratic National Convention, claiming that politicians were the proper stars of that show, but George Clooney didn’t miss his chance to charm some $900K out of American supporters of Barack Obama at a fundraiser in Switzerland on Tuesday.

Posted on Sep 4, 2008 READ MORE


Blitzer and Romney

Romney Hazy on Torture Definition

CNN’s ubiquitous anchor Wolf Blitzer point-blanked Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney last weekend about what exactly constitutes torture and whether techniques like waterboarding are ever defensible, but Romney deferred to the popular national security rationale, implying that in “ticking time bomb” circumstances, a president may elect to use certain unpopular techniques.

Posted on Jan 15, 2008 READ MORE


Red Cross Condemns Torture Bill

The International Committee of the Red Cross will contact the White House to address concerns over U.S. torture policy’s compliance with the Geneva Conventions.

Posted on Oct 19, 2006 READ MORE


Jon Stewart and Geneva convention

Stewart Rips Bush’s Torture Plan

When Bush asserts that the Geneva Convention is vague, because it prohibits “outrages upon human dignity,” the host of “The Daily Show” tees off.

Posted on Sep 28, 2006 READ MORE


Bill Clinton
NPR/Patrick Kovarik

Clinton Attacks Torture Agenda

In an interview with NPR’s “Morning Edition,” former President Bill Clinton vigorously argued against Bush’s torture plans, citing both moral and practical reasons: “We have a system of laws here where nobody should be above the law, and you don’t need blanket advanced approval for blanket torture.”

Posted on Sep 21, 2006 READ MORE


Stephen Colbert

Colbert Lampoons Bush?s Torture Agenda

On Monday, Stephen Colbert went after Bush?s proposed re-imagining of the Geneva Convention by inviting the president to come on the ?Report? and demonstrate his preferred interrogation techniques.  Mocking the president?s assertion that the treaty banning torture lacks clarity, Colbert observed: ?I personally think the image of the president saying specifically what, to him, is not an outrage on human dignity will make everyone see his position very clearly….?

Posted on Sep 19, 2006 READ MORE


Bush Transfers High-Value Prisoners to Gitmo

The AP is reporting that the president is transferring 14 key terrorist leaders, including Khalid Sheik Mohammed, above, from secret CIA custody to the U.S. military-run prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to be prepared for eventual trials. The prisoners will apparently be afforded some rights consistent with the Geneva conventions.

  • Yeah, well, Bush also signed a bill in December outlawing the torture of detainees, and then made a “signing statement” announcing his intention to flout that law. So excuse us for being cynical about the president’s motives and intentions here.
  • UPDATE: Former DOJ lawyer and law prof Marty Lederman says Bush’s new bill actually authorizes “enhanced interrogation techniques.”

    Posted on Sep 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Dog growls at detainee
    Associated Press

    Army Finally Bans Torture

    Yielding to pressure from humanitarian groups, Congress and the Supreme Court, the U.S. Army will release a new field manual that affords all detainees protection from torture under the Geneva Convention.  The new document will ban several ?interrogation? methods that have drawn criticism, including simulated drowning and the use of dogs to terrorize detainees.

    Posted on Sep 6, 2006 READ MORE


    water torture
    The Water Torture--Facsimile of a woodcut in J. Damhoudre's "Praxis Rerum Criminalium:"

    CIA Blogger Fired for Anti-Torture Post

    Christine Axsmith, a software contractor for the CIA, was fired when she posted a blog entry to the agency’s closed network stating her opposition to torture. The post started like this: “Waterboarding is Torture and Torture is Wrong.” Such a sad confirmation of our government’s dismal human rights policies that so obvious a statement qualifies as grounds for termination.

    Posted on Jul 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Gitmo detainees
    From antiwar.com

    U.S. Will Give All U.S. Detainees Geneva Rights

    The White House said this morning that every prisoner in Gitmo and in U.S. military custody everywhere is entitled to Geneva Convention protections. Bush spokesman Tony Snow claimed that this apparent about-face is “not really a reversal of policy,” while admitting that it stems directly from the Supreme Court’s striking down of Bush’s military tribunals.

  • Reminder: This is far from total victory. Constitutional expert Glenn Greenwald reminds us that the Hamdan ruling also removed any conceivable argument to support Bush’s illegal wiretapping programs, and we haven’t heard about any policy shift on that front….

  • Posted on Jul 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Court Ruling May Cancel Bush’s ‘Blank Check’ for Terror War

    Specifically, today’s Supreme Court ruling held that the president overstepped his authority in ordering military war crimes trials for Guantanamo Bay detainees.

  • But more important, Think Progress interprets the ruling to mean that “the Authorization for the Use of Military Force—issued by Congress in the days after 9/11—is not a blank check for the administration.”
  • Also, SCOTUSblog says the ruling means that the Geneva Convention does apply to the conflict with Al Qaeda, and consequently “this almost certainly means that the CIA’s interrogation tactics of waterboarding and hypothermia (and others) violate the War Crimes Act.”

  • Posted on Jun 29, 2006 READ MORE


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