In Pakistan, women stage nationwide protest in response to shocking rape incident
Aurat Azadi (Women's liberation) March at Lahore Liberty Roundabout on September 12, 2020. Screenshot from YouTube video by Ilme Alim. Translation: Why liberal women are against capital punishment?Pakistani women staged mass demonstrations in the country's major cities on September 12 demanding justice and accountability for sexual violence following a widely-publicized rape incident in the Lahore region.On September 9, a woman who was travelling with her three children from Lahore to Gujranwala (97 km) at night was robbed and raped at gunpoint by three men after her car ran out of petrol in t...
After six years of attacks, Qualcomm finally sees stability return to patent licensing
SAN DIEGO — Alex Rogers says he likes stress. As head of Qualcomm’s maligned patent licensing division, he has seen plenty of it over the past few years.Starting in 2014, government regulators from China to South Korea to the U.S. attacked the San Diego mobile technology firm’s lucrative business model for licensing its intellectual property, claiming it coerced smartphone makers into paying sky-high patent fees that harmed consumers.Apple joined the fray in 2017 with a lawsuit aimed at dismantling Qualcomm’s blueprint for licensing patents. A year later, chip rival Broadcom made licensing tro...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Editorial: Endorsement: Joe Biden is the anti-toxin America needs
Among the myriad lawn signs sprouting in anticipation of November’s presidential election, two are noteworthy for their seeming nonpartisanship:The first sign — “ANY FUNCTIONING ADULT 2020” — makes light of America’s current upheaval, tacitly confessing how little today’s disillusioned voters expect of their elected leaders.The second, beginning with the words “IN THIS HOUSE,” advertises the occupants’ allegiance to a list of cardinal virtues — kindness, respect for learning, compassion for those with disabilities, etc. — as timeless and anodyne as the Girl Scout Law.Neither sign mentions any ...
Detroit Free Press
Congressmen ask for investigation of gynecologist linked to Georgia immigration detention center
ATLANTA — Georgia’s four Democratic congressmen have asked state law enforcement authorities to investigate a gynecologist who is accused of performing unauthorized surgeries on detainees at a South Georgia immigration detention center.Dr. Mahendra Amin is at the center of a controversy that began last week when a nurse who worked at the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla filed a whistleblower complaint. Dawn Wooten alleged the facility was not protecting employees and detainees from the spread of COVID-19 and that several women had reported Amin had performed surgeries that left them ste...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Haiti's supreme court declines to swear in election council; Moise installs them anyway
A divided Haitian supreme court opted Tuesday not to swear in nine newly appointed members of President Jovenel Moise’s Provisional Electoral Council, whose appointments and mandate to prepare a referendum for a new constitution and organize upcoming elections have stirred controversy and been deemed unconstitutional.Unmoved, Moise went and installed the council members anyway.The afternoon ceremony at the National Palace in front of members of Moise’s government, the representative of the Organization of American States and other members of the foreign diplomatic corps came after the court’s ...
What Weibo and Chinese media are saying about TikTok's pending sale to US companies
Image from The Stand News. Used with permission.Since United States’ President Donald Trump threatened to ban TikTok in the U.S. as long as the social media app remained in the hands of a Chinese company, the app's parent company ByteDance has been scrambling to sell part of its operation to American investors.An agreement with U.S. companies Walmart and Oracle to establish a new joint-company called TikTok Global finally received Donald Trump's blessing on September 19 — only to jar against new obstacles days afterwards.Yet two different interpretations of the deal had emerged this week: Byte...
In first post-Ginsburg test, GOP wants Supreme Court to review Pennsylvania mail-in voting
The GOP has asked the Supreme Court to review a Pennsylvania ruling that extends the mail-in voting deadline for the presidential election, a move that could lead to the court’s’ first test since the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, law experts say.Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court ruled last week that there will be a three-day extension for mail-in ballots as long as they’re postmarked by 8 p.m. on Nov. 3, Election Day. Previously, ballots were due when the polls close on Election Day, but the state’s Democratic Party filed a lawsuit to push back the deadline. Republicans have argued that exp...
Why it's fair for Senate to replace Ginsburg now
Barack Obama reminded his Republican congressional foils after his 2008 victory that elections have consequences. Yet today, Democrats are shocked — shocked! — that the 2016 election would still have any.They carry on now as if the Constitution provides otherwise, but the simple fact is that in our system of self-governance, the president nominates Supreme Court justices and the Senate confirms or rejects them — all at their discretion and on their timetable.I realize reason isn’t in fashion these days, but reason is the bulwark of our system. So ask yourself these two simple questions: In vot...
The Kansas City Star
Commentary: Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an 'impenetrable bulwark' against majoritarian abuse
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday at 87, was one of the most influential lawyers and jurists in our nation’s history.Born in 1933 in Brooklyn, New York, to Jewish parents, Ginsburg graduated high school at 15, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University and a few years later enrolled in Harvard Law School, where the dean asked the handful of women students, “Why are you at Harvard Law School, taking the place of a man?”After her beloved husband, Martin, took a job in New York City, she transferred to Columbia Law School, where she graduated in 1959 tied for first in her class. But even...
Jay Ambrose: Saving the Supreme Court
Oh, be quiet. So, so many voices right now are talking about a Supreme Court vacancy and whether it will be filled by a liberal or a conservative, a secular personality or a religious believer, a Democrat or a Republican, and all of that is beside the point.The issue is judicial philosophy, whether the nominee thinks the job is about interpreting the actual words of the Constitution correctly or someone who thinks it is maybe about making some reference to the Constitution but chiefly applying his or her own notions of what the actual principle should be, his or her compassion, his or her mora...
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