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Conscientious objection to abortion: Catholic midwives lose in Supreme Court

Greater Glasgow Health Board v. Doogan and Wood [2014] UKSC 68 – read judgment here. The Supreme Court recently handed down its judgment in an interesting and potentially controversial case concerning the interpretation of the conscientious objection clause in the Abortion Act 1967. Overturning the Inner House of the Court of Session’s ruling, the Court held […]

How to Find the Perfect Pair of Socks for Men

Socks can provide to draw an outfit collectively, a delicate solidity between bottom and top. In addition, they have the inherent capability so as to include a burst of insolence that could be fairly unwelcomed if positioned in different places.  Being the one form of undergarments wherein it is suitable to test with. There some

Birmingham’s Grooming Injunctions: what does the judgment say?

Using the inherent jurisdiction against Child Sexual Exploitation: Birmingham City Council v Riaz & Ors, 15 December 2014, read judgment As prefigured on this Blog here, Keehan J has handed down a public Judgment  explaining how he used the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court to make novel and far-reaching Orders against ten men. The inherent jurisdiction is […]

Are Jews Doomed to Lose the War on Jewish Christmas?

O n this Christmas eve, the most important article of the day is undoubtedly this piece by Daniel Drezner on a deeply disturbing development in American society, namely, the War on Jewish Christmas: Chinese food and a movie. Perfectly pleasant rituals, made special by the fact that the Gentiles are all at home or at church. Show More Summary

Torture Without Orders: Hidden in Plain Sight

By Gerald Gray, LCSW, Institute for Redress and Recovery Just released US Torture Papers focus on torture in interrogation, ostensibly for defense of the country. The US also tortures another way, not for defense but for regional control by terror. … Please continue reading.

VICTORY! Federal Jury Holds Catholic School Accountable for Sex Discrimination

Emily Herx never imagined that she could lose her job for trying to get pregnant. But after working for more than seven years as a literature and language arts teacher at a Catholic school in Indiana, she was shocked to learn that her...Show More Summary

Why Conservatives Learned Nothing From Sam Brownback's Failure

Kansas governor Sam Brownback had a plan when he got elected in 2010, and it was a plan that could only be enacted in a place like Kansas: Pass huge tax cuts, then watch the state transform into a kind of economic heaven on earth. Brownback...Show More Summary

Bait-and-Switch: As One Family Detention Center Closes, Another Opens

When we arrived at the U.S. border, I felt relieved because I thought we were finally safe. But immigration officials took my daughter and me to a place out in the middle of nothing in Artesia, New Mexico, where we were housed in trailers surrounded by barbed wire fences and cut off from the rest of the world. Show More Summary

Intrigue: Doth Chuck Schumer Protest Too Much When Called 'Enabler' of Bad Budget Deal?

This article originally appeared at The Huffington Post. L ast week, I wrote a piece in this space lamenting the fact that so many Democratshad voted for a budget package that gutted a key provision of the Dodd-Frank Act. The so called...Show More Summary

The 10 Most Important Econ Charts of 2014 Show Ongoing Looting By the Top 1 Percent

This article was originally published by the Economic Policy Institute at their website,, under the title "The Top 10 Charts of 2014."   T his last year saw the pace of job growth pick up, a welcome development. Yet the economy remains far from healthy. Show More Summary

Serial and What It Says About America's Criminal Justice System

Serial, the pop culture podcast phenomenon, isn't just a well-produced and addictive listening experience (though it is both of those things). By questioning the validity of some criminal justice procedures and educating its listeners...Show More Summary

"I'm a Boy, so Why Won't My School Allow Me to Use the Boys' Bathroom?"

In the summer of my freshman year I got the courage to tell my mother something that I had known for a long time. I told her that I was a boy. She had nothing but love and support for me. By the time school started, I was ready to go back as my true self – Gavin Elliot Grimm. At the beginning of the school year, I used the nurse's bathroom. Show More Summary

The Horrific Stories of CIA-sponsored Torture That Aren’t in the Senate Report.

This piece originally appeared at Slate. As bad as the stories in the Senate torture report are, there is a whole class of victims who aren't even mentioned. The executive summary released last week makes only passing reference to an...Show More Summary

Growing Chorus Demands Criminal Investigation into Torture Program

Calls for a criminal investigation into the Bush-era torture program described in the Senate report released earlier this month are beginning to mount. The ACLU and Human Rights Watch (HRW) sent a letter today to the Justice Department,...Show More Summary

EU Court gives the go ahead on certain stem cells – Olivia Hart

International Stem Cell Corporation v Comptroller General of Patents [2014] EUECJ C-364-13, 18 December 2014 – read judgment  This was a referral to the European Court of Justice (CJEU) requesting clarification of Article 6(2) of Directive 98/44/EC protecting biotechnological inventions (“the Biotech Directive”). Show More Summary

EU judges oppose accession of EU to ECHR

Opinion of CJEU, 18 December 2014 – read Opinion Well, here’s a thing. The EU top court in Luxembourg has decided that it is somehow against the EU treaties for it to defer in specific instances to the other European top dog, the ECtHR in Strasbourg. Accession of the EU to the ECHR has been a […]

Obama Compared to Prior Presidents On Job Creation, In Graphs

B arack Obama has some reason to crow about the direction the economy has been moving lately. As he said in his press conference on Friday, "as a country, we have every right to be proud of what we've accomplished: more jobs, more people...Show More Summary

Write for Rights on Alcatraz: From A Prison to A Fortress of Human Rights

By: Shaudee Dehghan, Humera Durrani, Lisa Mueller-Dormann, Sarah Rubiaco Upon disembarking from the ferry it immediately became clear to all of us why Ai Weiwei chose the island to showcase his exhibit. The island’s ominous history as a military fortress, … Please continue reading.

WTF Friday, 12/19/2014

Who’s ready for 2014 to be over? This week: Over a hundred people in a single Cambodian village tested positive for HIV. According to The Cambodia Daily, an unlicensed local doctor is suspected of spreading the virus through improper needle use; ISIS … Continue reading ?

Today's Cyborg News

One of the things that bugged me about the movie "Avatar" (I know, I know) was the idea that 150 years in the future, someone who had suffered a spinal injury would be rolling around in a wheelchair, and getting him new legs would be so expensive that only some people would be able to afford it. Show More Summary

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