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June 2012 Blog Posts (6)

Black Market for Body Parts in Europe Spreads

Article worth reading, from The New York Times.

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 30, 2012 at 2:50pm — No Comments

An American's Hunger Strike Creates Prickly Politics

The Zack Shahin Case -- U.S. citizen jailed without due process in Dubai -- gets a bit more coverage; not nearly enough, so please share widely.

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 26, 2012 at 1:22pm — No Comments

Salon: Erasing Cruise Ship Crime

This article in Salon asks the perplexing question: Why, if cruise-ship crime is a growing problem, did the FBI at the last minute push through language in cruise safety legislation that makes it MORE DIFFICULT for tourists to make informed choices about what line to cruise on or whether to cruise at all?

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 26, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

This Time It's Dubai -- ANOTHER U.S. Citizen Held Without Due Process Abroad

U.S. citizen Zack Shahin has been held for 4 years in "pre-trial detention" in Dubai. Amid allegations of corruption against various directors and officers of the company he'd previously worked for, Shahin has been  singled out as having participated in draining the company of equity. He has been imprisoned without trial by the Dubai Government under inhumane conditions for over four years, suffering violations of his due process rights under the laws of Dubai.…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 13, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Is It Safe to Cruise to Cozumel?

Writing in his blog Cruise Law News, maritime lawyer Jim Walker reports that, while cruise lines sell an idyllic image of care-free tropical vacations, in reality they know or should know that there are dangers on shore awating their passengers. In particular,…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 11, 2012 at 11:02am — No Comments

Flip-Flopper? Sen. John Kerry, Cruise Ship Safety Act Sponsor, Waters Down Bill Without Notifying Key Stakeholders

Ever since Kendall Carver's daughter mysteriously disappeared on an Alaskan cruise in 2004, he has dedicated his life to holding the cruise-line industry more accountable for passenger safety. The retired Phoenix businessman believed he succeeded in 2010 with the passage of federal legislation that was supposed to reveal the full picture of the deaths, sexual assaults, thefts, missing persons and other crimes reported on cruise ships.…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 10, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

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