The U.S. Supreme Court signaled it may consider whether two military contractors can be sued for allegedly abusing inmates at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison in a case that could make companies more vulnerable to human rights suits.
Donald Rumsfeld is back. Four years after being ousted from his job as secretary of defense, he has produced a memoir, “ Known and Unknown ,” which covers a lot of ground, most notably his own backside.
President Barack Obama’s renewed request to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, confirms what the detainees have already shown with their hunger strike: Permanent detention at the U.S. naval station isn’t viable as a matter of practicality or conscience.
Jerome Kerviel was sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to repay Societe Generale SA ’s 4.9 billion-euro ($6.8 billion) trading loss by a judge who said the former trader’s actions threatened the bank’s existence.
President Vladimir Putin criticized “medieval” conditions at Guantanamo Bay as he backed lawmakers’ retaliation against U.S. human-rights sanctions that include a ban on adoptions of Russian children in America.
Directors at the Sundance Film Festival often thank family members in the audience. It’s safe to say that Rory Kennedy -- the youngest child of Robert and Ethel Skakel Kennedy, born after her father’s assassination in 1968 -- had the longest list. For the premiere screening of “Ethel,” her new documentary, more than 20 Kennedys and in-laws showed up, including the subject.
Rarely in U.S. history has the end of a war been marked with less fanfare than the withdrawal of the last troops from Iraq in time for Christmas. Indeed, you could almost be forgiven for failing to notice it at all, so arbitrary does the timing seem.
In times of war, the law is not silent. War is not a moral wilderness: At the Second Lateran Council in 1139, the use of the crossbow was banned among European knights. Throughout history, there have been codes that even the hell of war could not override.