Stories about Law from July, 2007
China: Wrong Chicken in the death penalty
Will comments that the death penalty of former head of the State Food and Drug Administration, Zheng Xiaoyu, is a killing of “wrong chicken” that may fail the purpose of scaring the monkeys: was Zheng's execution effective as public communication? This depends who the audience was. If the audience was...
India: Terrorism, media and bias
Greatbong, in a post titled “Miscarriages of Justice” on treatment of the Haneef case by the Australian government and the Indian media.
Jamaica: Election Violence?
As Jamaica's elections draw closer, an atypical newscast gives CityGirl hope “that the supposedly uneducated are finally wising up, no longer willing to sit idly by while the politicians use them as baits…”
A poem by Ricardo Paulwell at The Inmate Diaries compares corruption to “an open grave”.
Jamaica: Election Non-Issues
Jamaica and the World identifies what she thinks are “4 biggest non-debates in the lead-up to the election in Jamaica”.
Arabeyes: Online Democracy, Water Conservation and Crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood Activists
This week's Arabic translation has good and bad news. On the good side is a pioneering scheme by Jordan to publish draft laws online and give people the chance to comment on them before being passed as legislation while on the bad are stories about more censorship and arrests of student activists in Egypt.
Hungary: Museums, Toilets, and Domestic Products
Further Ramblings of a N.Irish Magyar writes about free toilets and museum admission fees, and about the Hungarian domestic products market.
Nigeria: Two Heroic Nigerian Cops; Borderless Office
This week’s blog round-up begans from Nigeria, where Yomi shares a rare story of two brave Nigerian policemen who braved the odds to fight-back about 30 well-armed bank robbers with one of the policemen loosing his life in the process.
“Welcome to Japan”? Kurdish refugee family leaves for Canada
Few people, including Japanese themselves, are aware of the dismal record of Japan's treatment of refugees, particularly its treatment of Kurdish refugees. After struggling for many years to make a home in Japan, Erdal Dogan and his family, who fled Turkey amid religious and ethnic persecution, have finally been forced to leave, luckily having been accepted as refugees in Canada. Japanese bloggers reflect on the departure with sadness and frustration.
Czech Rebublic: Same-Sex Partnerships
Belatedly, a link to the post on the first anniversary of legalization of same-sex partnerships in the Czech Republic – at NvB: Bored in Brno?: “[…] 346 same-sex couples were united during the year. Of that number, at least two of the pairs have already divorced.”
Czech Rebublic: Surgical Castration
NvB: Bored in Brno? writes on surgical castration used to treat sex offenders – something that looks like “population engineering and thinly veiled eugenics” – and on the attitudes toward sex in the Czech Republic in general.
Israel: Harry Potter does not observe the Sabbath?
The synchronized worldwide launch of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, fell at 2:01 a.m. local time in Israel, during the Jewish Sabbath, when Israeli law requires most businesses to close. Read Gilad Lotan's translation of Hebrew blogs to see whether the Sabbath was observed.
China: Dispossessed farmers beaten
The local government wants to build a new administration tower, 240 farmers in Jiangxi province claim, but they don't even have enough to pay us back for the land it will be built on. On July 20 the developer moved on in and the villagers got in the way.
Russia: Complications of Residence Permit System
White Sun of the Desert reflects upon the complications of the Russian residence permit system.
Iran: Man is stoned after 11 years in prison
Jafar Kiani was stoned to death in Takestan in the province of Qazvin on 5 July, after serving an 11-year prison term. His crime was adultery. His partner, Mokarameh Ebrahimi, has also been jailed for 11 years along with her two small children, and may be next on the list....
Egypt's Torture Kit
D.B. Shobrawy, from Egypt, introduces us to Egypt's torture kit.
Macau: Macau University of Science and Technology
Onemanbandwidth blogged about the public complaints about the management, false promise in marketing and corruption of the Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST).
Moldova: Problems With Rule of Law
Law in Moldova summarises the findings of a recent report on the rule of law in Moldova.
Russia: New Law on the European Court of Human Rights
Perspectives on the New Russia reflects upon the consequences of a recent Russian legislation to bring down the cases brought against the country to the European Court of Human Rights.
Russia: More on CFE Treaty
Cyrill Vatomsky writes on Russia's recent withdrawal from the CFE Treaty.