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Nebraska High Court Approves Electric Chair
“Nebraska … now is alone in the United States, actually in the whole world, in still requiring electrocution,” Carey Dean Moore’s lawyer, Alan Peterson, argued to the court. “Nebraska is the last holdout for this universally rejected and condemned sole means of capital punishment.”

Arab Opinion Shifts in Favor of Hezbollah
Israel’s campaign against Hezbollah—which has featured prolonged and deadly strikes against civilian targets in Lebanon—has boosted the militant group’s popularity among governments and groups that earlier opposed it, according to Middle East analysts, with Arab allies such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt now taking pains to distance themselves from American policy. Meanwhile, there is no timetable for Condoleezza Rice to return to the region for further peace talks.

White House Times Bolton Fight to Mobilize Conservatives
As the partisan battle resumes over U.S. Ambassador to the UN John Bolton—who currently owes his job to a presidential appointment, rather than congressional approval—some observers think the White House has timed his re-submission to mobilize conservatives who share Bolton’s contempt for the UN and multilateral diplomacy as a whole. Democrats say they oppose Bolton as much for his incompetence as for his boorishness; as Sen. Christopher Dodd said, “My objection is not that he is a bully, but that he is an ineffective bully.”

White House Seeks Protection from War Crimes Act
The Bush administration, through Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez, is pushing GOP lawmakers to draft specific “protections” to shield American soldiers from prosecution under the 1996 War Crimes Act. The Act, which was pushed through at the time by the Republican-controlled Congress, criminalizes violations of the Geneva Conventions, and holds out the possibility of the death penalty for any soldier who causes the death of a detainee in U.S. custody.

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July 28, 2006 - Posted by | In The News

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