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Jul 15, 2008 Go Ahead, Annoy Away, Court Says (The Lede)

QUOTE: After asserting their right to annoy in defiance of a government ban, Australian protesters received Federal Court backing today. The court, in rejecting a recently adopted regulation against any acts of “annoyance” at an event headlined by Pope Benedict XVI, made this key ruling, according to The Sydney Morning Herald: There was “no intelligible boundary” on what “causes annoyance”.

New York Times
Oct 30, 2007 Indonesian Court Upholds Death Penalty

QUOTE: The Constitutional Court ruled 6 to 3 that a 2000 constitutional amendment upholding the right to life did not apply to capital punishment. The court added that the right to life had to be balanced against the rights of the victims of drug trafficking.

New York Times
Sep 29, 2007 Blood in the Streets: The generals may be able to reassert control, but they are not likely to kill the spirit of resistance shown by the country's brave monks.

QUOTE: Even if the junta regains control of the streets, it has lost its last shred of credibility as the purported defender of national unity and traditional values. Since seizing power in 1962, the generals have enriched themselves while most Burmese have only grown poorer.

Apr 17, 2007 No-Fishing Zones in Tropics Yield Fast Payoffs for Reefs

QUOTE: Today, Palau, a tiny island state 600 miles east of the Philippines that is internationally known as a site for recreational diving, is at the forefront of a worldwide movement to ban fishing in key reefs to allow the return of prized species. It now protects a patchwork of reefs and lagoon waters amounting to 460 square miles.

New York Times
Aug 24, 2005 Wave of Marine Species Extinctions Feared

QUOTE: Michael Hirshfield, chief scientist at the advocacy group Oceana, said he has repeatedly seen government officials provide shifting estimates of how many threatened or endangered sea turtles can acceptably die each year in eastern scallop fisheries.

Washington Post
Jun 28, 2005 Indefinite detentions spur Australia to ease asylum law: Dozens of detainees, including children, will be freed. But critics say clearer asylum rules are needed.

QUOTE: To stop a revolt from members of his own party, Prime Minister John Howard has agreed to soften Australia's indefinite mandatory-detention policy for asylum seekers who arrive illegally.