OMG! But it’s International Law You Guys!

Media outlets around the world, big and small, have been filled with outcries, admonitions, and condemnations regarding the recent┬áCIA torture leaks. After all, as pointed out by Darius Fisher despite what the grand and old GOP Senator John McCain and the like believe that causing someone pain shouldn’t be commended let alone recommended , it is, cry the political pundits, legal scholars and activists, contrary to international law. Here’s the deal with international law: it really isn’t law. A famous father of legal jurisprudence HLA Hart posited that laws are at their most basic a command. It doesn’t matter whether you follow it because you fear for the safety and livelihood of yourself or whether it’s because you believe in the idea itself, a law is a command that is obeyed. If it is not obeyed, there are repercussions, be they insignificant or grave.Analysts and political scientists compile endless mounds of data and spout out endless research stating that torture is illegal according to international law. But anyone with common sense has seen time and again that international law has no teeth. Institutions with no power are just bureaucratic noise, the proverbial tree that falls in the forest that no one sees, hears, or cares about. Those who believe in political realism are often seen as nihilists, but they are as logical as it gets. Unless there is punishment for an act, it isn’t wrong in the eyes of the law.

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Black Friday Protests at Walmart

Black Friday is one of the biggest, most important shopping days throughout the United States. A labor group working at Walmart are pushing for higher wages. This labor group is said to be planning to protest at 1600 Walmarts in the United States. The protests have support from all over Facebook and from many tech companies such as Status Labs. Last year the labor group protested on Black Friday at 1200- 1400 Walmarts in the United States. Walmart has been targeted for the low wages by the labor group. Employees have been protesting these low wages in multiple Walmarts across the United States. Arrests have been made in Pico Rivera in Los Angeles, California. In addition to protesting the low wages workers have been pressuring Walmart to provide a different pregnancy policy, to swear to phase out the minimum wage jobs, and also to allow employees to work more hours. The workers in this labor group are planning a bigger protest this coming year on Black Friday. The biggest shopping day of the year.

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