The island republic of Nauru accepted 100 Afghan refugees off the Australian navy ship Manoora Wednesday. The asylum seekers disembarked after three weeks at sea, which started with their rescue from a sinking Indonesian ferry by a Norwegian freighter. They were then taken towards Australia only to be refused entry onto Australian shores. The crisis sparked an international outcry resulting in the 433 Afghan refugees being accepted by Nauru and New Zealand instead of Australia. Nauru accepted the refugees in return for $10.4 million in aid, and will house them in a temporary facility. As the refugees arrived, Wednesday, many held up a banner thanking Nauru “for giving protection and shelters for Afghan refugees.” The remaining asylum seekers aboard the ship, most of them Afghans, will disembark in the next few days. Then, 150 women and children will be flown to New Zealand where officials from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees will process their asylum bids.
10/29/2014 North Dakota Supreme Court Upholds Abortion Restrictions - The North Dakota Supreme Court yesterday upheld a set of misguided restrictions on medication abortion, allowing what is effectively a ban on early, non-surgical abortions in the state to go into effect immediately.
The decision overturned a lower court order finding the law, known as HB 1297, unconstitutional and permanently blocking its enforcement. . . .
10/29/2014 Georgia Court Refuses to Recognize 40K Voter Registrations From Primarily People of Color and Young People - A state court judge on Tuesday refused to order the Georgia Secretary of State to add some 40,000 voters to the voter rolls, potentially disenfranchising thousands of African Americans and other people of color in the state.
Judge Christopher Brasher of the Fulton County Superior Court denied a petition from the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCR), the New Georgia Project and the Georgia branch of the NAACP asking the court to force Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) to process an estimated 40,000 "missing" voter registrations.
More than 100,000 voters were registered by the three groups, but about a third of those registered never made the rolls. . . .