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30 June 2008


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Justice Scalia and the Urban Legend of Recidivist Guantanamo Detainees by Adam Deutsch -- In the recent pinnacle Supreme Court decision Boumediene v. Bush, the court decided by narrow majority that alleged terrorists held as prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, have a right to access US courts to refute their prisoner status and argue for release. The decision has raised controversy and concern for many reasons. Justice Antonin Scalia’s dissent fueled the fire by using rescinded false statements made by the Department of Defense to argue that the US will be at a great security risk by allowing prisoners to access the court system, rather than relying on the Federal Government and military to determine what prisoners are eligible for release.

Spanish Parliament to Grant Great Apes Rights -- On Wednesday, the Spanish Cortes took a major step toward granting basic legal protections to chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans and bonobos. The environmental committee of the Cortes voted to recommend Spain adopt the principles of the Great Ape Project founded by philosophers Peter Singer and Paola Cavalieri. Those principles are the “fundamental moral and legal protections of the right to life, the freedom from arbitrary deprivation of liberty, and protection from torture.”

Americans Spent Their Stimulus Checks -- According to the Commerce Department, the Bush tax-rebate stimulus plan worked just like it was supposed to work. Because the rebate checks went out after people filed their taxes on or before April 15, American disposable incomes rose 5.7% in May, the largest increase in 33 years. In turn, this boosted consumer spending by 0.8%, which is the biggest gain since November 2007. So, the economy probably won’t shrink in the second quarter. However, the question becomes what can the government do next to avoid recession?

Spain Takes Euro2008 Crown in 1-0 Win over Germany -- Spain’s soccer culture has been one of underachievement for the past 4 decades. Never short of talent, the Iberians just couldn’t seem to put together the string of wins necessary to take the title in any major tournament. Yesterday, that changed as Spain defeated ever-reliable Germany 1-0 to take the Euro2008 championship.

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