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Israel: State Comptroller Report Says U.S. Deprived Convicted Spy of Due Process

(Sept. 3, 2009) On September 2, 2009, a report was issued by Israel's State Comptroller, Micha Lindenstrauss, on the Israeli government's actions to obtain the release of Jonathan Pollard, who has been incarcerated in the United States since 1985 following his conviction for spying for Israel. Pollard, an American citizen, received Israeli citizenship in 1995 […]

Russia: Flags with Depiction of Cross Outlawed

(Aug. 24, 2009) On August 14, 2009, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation updated the federal list of prohibited extremist materials to include all flags with an image of a cross. Inclusion on the list entails a ban on production, distribution, and storage for the purpose of distribution of the item in question. […]

Bangladesh: Law to Protect Family Members of the Founding Father

(Aug. 19, 2009) On July 27, the Government of Bangladesh approved the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's Family Members Security Act of 2009. Under this act, immediate family members of the founding father of the country will enjoy state security provided by Special Security Forces and will receive security at their residences. […]

Former USSR: Proposed New Military Component of a Political Union

(June 11, 2009) It was reported that on June14, 2009, the heads of state of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, former Soviet republics that had formed a military-political alliance in 2002 named the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), intend to sign an agreement on the creation of the Collective Rapid-Response Force, an […]

Taiwan: First Quadrennial Defense Review Submitted to Legislature

(Mar. 27, 2009) On March 13, 2009, the Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of China (on Taiwan, the ROC) submitted the Quadrennial Defense Review to the Legislative Yuan in written form; it was reportedly the first such document of its kind for Taiwan. The United States is the only other country to have […]

European Union: European Court of Justice Declares Illegal a Secret List of Items Prohibited Aboard Aircraft

(Mar. 23, 2009) The European Commission has a list of standard items that airline passengers may not carry in their hand-held luggage inside an aircraft. The list, based on a regulation adopted in 2002 on aviation safety, includes items such as knives, scissors, blackjacks, baseball clubs, and other items. On March 11, 2009, the European […]

Macau: National Security Bill Passed

(Mar. 10, 2009) On February 25, 2009, the legislature of the Macao Special Administrative Region of China passed the National Security Bill; it was promulgated March 2 and effective the next day. It covers acts of sedition, secession, subversion, and treason against the central government of the People's Republic of China (PRC). The Region has […]

United Kingdom: Chagos Islanders Prohibited from Returning Home amid Diego Garcia Security Concerns

(Oct. 24, 2008) The House of Lords, the highest court in the United Kingdom, has overturned a ruling that permitted islanders removed from the Chagos Islands (now known as the British Indian Ocean Territory) in the 1960s to return home. The Islanders were removed as part of an agreement between the UK and the United […]

Azerbaijan: Peacekeeping Contingent in Afghanistan Will Be Doubled

(Sept. 29, 2008) On September 18, 2008, the Security and Defense Committee of the Parliament of Azerbaijan unanimously approved amendments to the Law on Participation in Peacekeeping Operations in Afghanistan, which were introduced in the legislature by the Azerbaijani President Ilhom Aliyev. The goal of the proposed bill is to double the Azerbaijani contingent in […]

Taiwan: National Defense Law Amended to Specify Overall Review

(Sept. 8, 2008) On August 6, 2008, article 31 of Taiwan's Natonal Defense Law was amended to specify that the Ministry of National Defense will publicly submit to the Legislative Yuan a “Four-Year-Period Overall Review of National Defense” within ten months after every presidential inauguration. The amendment constitutes a new paragraph 4 in article 31. […]