July 2008

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Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) introduced legislation yesterday that would provide Native tribes with more legal jurisdiction over non-Natives on tribal lands.¬† Currently, they can only fine non-Native defendants an insignificant amount and imprison them for a maximum of one year (no matter the crime). NPR reported on the problems¬† this lack of jurisdiction has caused…

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Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach has a new article on the Third Way Cafe website on the Global Security Priorities Resolution in the House. “Reps. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) and Dan Lungren (R-Calif.) have introduced a resolution that seeks to turn weapons that could bring great harm into programs that nurture healthy lives…” Read more.

The Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria Reauthorization Act (S 2731), which had been stalled in the Senate for several weeks, passed last night by a vote of 80-16. Several amendments to weaken the bill were defeated. The House passed a similar bill in April. It is uncertain whether the House…

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Gabe Schlabach has a new article in this month’s PeaceSigns e-zine, detailing one of the torture hearings that has taken place in Congress over the last few months.¬† Despite the disturbing information coming from these hearings, he concludes: There is a silver lining to the explicit approval and use of torture by the current Administration:…

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