Sam Dealey


August 2008


Lap Dancing and Constitutional Rights

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A Pennsylvania woman filed suit against Adams Township for denying her a permit to run a lap-dance studio. Stephanie Babines and the ACLU say it violates her First Amendment rights; town officials say it's a matter of decency.

Babines and Adams Township officials can balance community norms and ...

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Pennsylvania
ACLU

Is Darfur Genocide?

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Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir today claimed that his government's brutal counterinsurgency in Darfur isn't genocide.

That's hardly a man-bites-dog story, and, to most casual western observers, Bashir's claim may seem like nonsense. Among scholars and diplomats who specialize in genocide,

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UN
Sudan
genocide
Darfur

Peretz Does Darfur

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For a chuckle, check out Marty Peretz’s post from Monday titled: “Not ‘Never Again!’ But ‘Yes, Again and Again and Again’.” That, gentle reader, is the sound of The New Republic editor-in-chief’s self love.

The post is full of cringe-making lines, including:

I’ve put a lot of my conscience and energy ...

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Darfur

Feeding Poor Governance

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The World Food Programme has just announced a $214-million package aimed at relieving people in 16 countries severely affected by a drastic rise in global food prices. Feeding those in need is both a moral and geo-political necessity—empty stomachs, after all, lead to mass migration, abandoned ...

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Ethiopia

Who's Your Daddy?

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Yesterday Robert Gordon, the attorney for John Edwards' videographic vixen Rielle Hunter, issued a response to media howls for a paternity test. Edwards, you'll recall, has admitted to having an affair with Hunter, but claims the child was actually fathered by one of his aides. Both Hunter and the ...

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Edwards, John

The Shot Heard (Nowhere) ’Round the World

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Last week, Mauritanian military commanders grew so enraged over military downsizing – and chiefly the downsizing of their own high-ranking jobs–that they overthrew President Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi without a shot fired.

This wasn’t much of a surprise.

Despite its many problems,

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Africa

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