Justice O'Connor the Internationalist

In Roper v. Simmons, Justice O'Connor, even while agreeing with Justice Scalia on the outcome, chides him for refusing to review foreign views of the subject. She dissents anyway because she doesn't believe there is an American consensus against the juvenile death penalty, and, for her, even the existence of an international consensus against it is insufficient to justify declaring it unconstitutional. Here is O'Connor's response to Scalia:

Justice Stevens Takes on Originalism

In Roper v. Simmons, today's 5-4 decision outlawing the juvenile death penalty, Justice Stevens begins his concurrence with a direct hit at Justice Scalia (soon to be Chief, by the way):

Justice Kennedy the Internationalist

Justice Kennedy's opinion today in Roper v. Simmons, declaring the juvenile death penalty unconstitutional, draws inspiration from foreign precedents. It rejects the notion that reflecting on such foreign precedents is contrary to self-constitution:

Capitalism with a Human Face: India's experiment

India's finance minister has unveiled an "anti-poverty" budget that raises spending on health, education, and rural infrastructure. Many economists, of course, can tolerate deficit spending on such items if they produce long-term economic returns from a more productive populace.

Indian Nominee for Oscar


An Indian film called "Little Terrorist" has been nominated for best short film. Here's the hook:

Jamal is 10 years old, Pakistani, and a cricket enthusiast, and the fact that [his cricket ball has just landed across barbed wire, into a minefield across the border in India.

A world of region-coding

At the 3rd DRM conference this January in Berlin, Ross Anderson gave a dinner speech in which he envisaged a world suffused by region-coding technology (imagine region-coding in RFID-equipped jeans, e.g.). While we are not at this stage yet (at hopefully will never be), here is just another example of the increasing use of this technology:


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