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Jon Stewart Takes Down Treaty Rejectionists: “Please Tell Me This Is Rock Bottom”

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by Peter Spiro In case you missed it, Jon Stewart at his best on the Senate’s rejection on Tuesday of the Disabilities Convention: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook   The floor debate on the CRPD can be found in the [...]

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Senate Rejects Disabilities Treaty (Sovereigntism Lives, or Does It?)

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by Peter Spiro Story here on how the CRPD went down. The tally was 61-38, five votes short of the two-thirds necessary for approval. On the one hand, the defeat demonstrates sovereigntism’s staying power. The anti-internationalist Right has been energized by a flight of treaties baring the putative menace of global governance — the Law of [...]

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Sephardic Jews Get Right of Return – To Spain

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by Peter Spiro Spain is now granting citizenship automatically without any residency requirement to those who can demonstrate descent from those Jews expelled from Spain more than 500 years ago. The rule could make as many as 3 million Sephardic Jews worldwide eligible for Spanish citizenship (600,000 of them in the United States, including a [...]

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Obama Centers (Rohingya) Citizenship in Burma

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by Peter Spiro President Obama’s visit to Burma/Mynamar has centered the status of the country’s Muslim minority Rohingya community which has been denied Burmese citizenship notwithstanding their historical presence in the country. (The issue gets a lot more coverage in the Muslim world than in the West.) Obama’s speech today welcomed recent steps by the Burmese [...]

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