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Hannah McCarthy is a journalist based in Beirut, Lebanon.
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Alternative Dispute Resolution in Construction and Infrastructure Disputes

12 Apr 2024  |  globalarbitrationreview.com
Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) encompasses various techniques to resolve disputes outside of traditional litigation, tracing back 3,800 years and gaining global adoption in the past 50 years. ADR is seen as a quick and cost-effective solution, especially in the construction and infrastructure industry. The chapter discusses six main ADR options: negotiation, mediation, early neutral evaluation, mini-trial, adjudication, and expert determination, comparing their strengths and weaknesses with arbitration and litigation. It highlights the flexibility of ADR, its private and confidential nature, and its ability to preserve commercial relationships. The chapter also notes the international reach of mediation, the success of adjudication in England and Wales, and the potential for ADR to become an integrated part of dispute resolution in the construction and infrastructure sector post-COVID-19.

How does Gaza compare with Mosul? / What's the new US military policy on civilian casualties?

14 Feb 2024  |  hannahmccarthyreports.substack.com
Hannah McCarthy compares the Israeli military operation in Gaza to the international coalition's mission in Mosul, highlighting differences such as the nature of ISIS versus Hamas, the number of civilian casualties, and the civilian abilities to seek safety. She notes the high civilian death toll in Gaza and the challenges in accounting for casualties. McCarthy also discusses the new U.S. Department of Defense guidelines aimed at better protecting civilians during military operations, including standardized assessments of deadly incidents and options for condolence payments.

How Georgian Ireland inspired efforts to preserve Lebanon’s architectural heritage

25 Nov 2023  |  today.lorientlejour.com
The Lebanese community's interest in Irish Georgian houses dates back to the 1950s, when Irish-Lebanese architect Alfred Sursock Cochrane's parents renovated the Woodbrook Estate in Ireland. Inspired by the Irish Georgian Society, Lady Yvonne Sursock founded the Association pour la Protection des Sites et Anciennes Demeures au Liban (APSAD) in 1960 to preserve Lebanese architectural heritage. Despite challenges, the movement to protect historic buildings in Lebanon has grown, with younger generations recognizing the importance of preservation, as reflected in Sursock Cochrane's efforts to amend the title deeds of his home to maintain its character.

Chief suspect in killing of Irish United Nations peacekeeper Private Seán Rooney in Lebanon fails to attend court

12 Oct 2023  |  www.irishmirror.ie
The chief suspect in the killing of Irish UN peacekeeper Private Seán Rooney in Lebanon, Mohammad Ayyad, failed to attend a military tribunal hearing in Beirut due to medical reasons. The court accepted a medical report and postponed the hearing until June 2024, raising concerns about the effectiveness of the Lebanese military court system. The Irish government and UN representatives attended the hearing, expressing disappointment and concerns over the delay. The article also highlights the ongoing investigation and the commemoration of Private Rooney's death by Irish troops in South Lebanon.

More vocational courses roll out – but post-16 choices in England are still limited

05 Oct 2023  |  The Conversation
The first cohort of students in England has completed T-levels, the new vocational equivalent to A-levels, with more course options being rolled out. T-levels aim to provide a skills-focused route into employment, apprenticeships, or university. However, issues such as exam marking problems, university acceptance, and teacher training have emerged. T-levels will replace many BTECs by 2024, but concerns remain about their equivalence to A-levels and their relevance for students. The education sector is still recovering from austerity and the pandemic, affecting the implementation of T-levels. The popularity of A-levels continues to overshadow vocational options, raising questions about the future success of T-levels.

The Sursock Palace

01 Apr 2023  |  RTE.ie
The article by Hannah McCarthy discusses the extensive damage to the Sursock Palace, owned by the Sursock Cochrane family, due to the Beirut port blast in August. The blast, which resulted from the ignition of 3,000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, has exacerbated the economic and political crises in Beirut, leaving many heritage homes in disrepair. The article highlights the lack of government support for the preservation of such homes and the reliance on NGOs and foreign aid for assistance. Lady Yvonne Cochrane, the owner of the palace, died from injuries sustained in the blast. The family now faces a six-year renovation project estimated to cost over €6.5m, with no insurance or government compensation. The article also touches on the broader issue of heritage conservation in Beirut and the efforts of various individuals and organizations, including the Irish Georgian Society and the Association for the Protection of Lebanese Heritage Sites and Buildings, to protect historic sites. The Sursock Palace is set to be transformed into a museum and cultural center, with plans for exhibitions, performances, and international collaborations.

Paying Income Taxes

14 Mar 2023  |  civics101podcast.org
The podcast episode from Civics 101 discusses the intricacies of paying income taxes in the United States, focusing on the role of the IRS, tax policy, and the challenges faced by taxpayers. It highlights the political influence wealthy individuals and corporations have on tax laws and the IRS's enforcement capabilities. The episode also covers the difficulties average taxpayers encounter when filing returns, particularly with tax preparation software companies like TurboTax and H&R Block, which have been accused of misleading consumers about free filing options. The episode features interviews with tax experts and provides insights into the tax system's complexity and the need for IRS funding and support.

Nina Totenberg Live On Stage

11 Oct 2022  |  www.civics101podcast.org
Nina Totenberg, NPR's legal affairs correspondent, discusses her career, her close friendship with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and her experiences covering the Supreme Court. The conversation, recorded live at the Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, touches on the challenges and rewards of journalism, the dynamics within the Supreme Court, and the importance of building personal relationships with justices. Totenberg reflects on the changes in the court over the years and the current conservative shift, emphasizing the need for fair and balanced reporting.

The Politics Of The Olympics

25 Jan 2022  |  civics101podcast.org
The podcast episode explores the political dimensions of the Olympic Games, discussing how the event has been used historically and in contemporary times for political purposes by host nations, the International Olympic Committee, and athletes. It covers the financial implications of hosting the Olympics, the militarization of public spaces, displacement of local communities, and greenwashing. The episode also delves into athlete activism, such as the iconic protest by John Carlos and Tommie Smith in 1968, and the IOC's Rule 50, which bans political demonstrations. The discussion includes the motivations behind Olympic bids, the impact of the games on national unity, and the diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

THE LONG-RUNNING CONFLICT between Israel and Palestine

18 May 2021  |  TheJournal.ie
The article discusses the recent escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, highlighting the violence in East Jerusalem and Gaza following attempts by Israeli settlers to evict Palestinian families in Sheik Jarrah. The situation worsened with Israeli security forces using force against Palestinians at the al-Aqsa Mosque during Ramadan, leading to rocket attacks by Hamas and retaliatory airstrikes by Israel. The co-directors of New Story Leadership, Anna Garbar (Israeli) and Rawan Odeh (Palestinian-American), provide their insights on the conflict, the role of settlements, misconceptions, and the international community's response, particularly the United States. They emphasize the need for a human rights perspective in addressing the conflict and criticize the tendency of international actors to take sides rather than seeking a solution for peace.

The Chinese Exclusion Act

20 Apr 2021  |  www.civics101podcast.org
The episode discusses the Chinese Exclusion Act, a federal law passed in 1882 that banned Chinese laborers from entering the United States. It explores the historical context, including the construction of the transcontinental railroad and the exploitation of Chinese laborers. The narrative highlights the anti-Chinese sentiment prevalent in the U.S. during the 19th century, the political motivations behind the exclusion, and the subsequent impact on Chinese immigrants. Experts Jack Tchen and Jane Hong provide insights into the broader implications of the law and its eventual repeal, driven by U.S. geopolitical interests during World War II and the Cold War. The episode also connects historical exclusion to contemporary issues of racism and xenophobia against Asian-Americans.

Artificial intelligence raises new questions about purpose and scope of copyright

15 Mar 2021  |  Lexology
Artificial intelligence is generating creative works that may be eligible for copyright protection, prompting the UK Intellectual Property Office to seek views on AI's implications for intellectual property policy. The UK's Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 provides protection for computer-generated works without a human creator, but enforcement is complex. The requirement for originality, meaning 'skill, labour or judgement' by the author, is unclear when applied to AI. There is debate over whether AI's mathematical models and algorithms constitute creative thought, and whether AI systems could ever parallel human thought processes.

What Are Democratic Norms?

15 Jan 2021  |  www.civics101podcast.org
The podcast episode discusses the concept of democratic norms, which are unwritten rules and traditions that help maintain a functioning democracy. These norms, such as the peaceful transition of power and the use of polite language in Congress, are crucial for maintaining order and preventing violence. The episode features insights from Susan Stokes, a professor at the University of Chicago, who emphasizes the importance of these norms for both political parties. The discussion also touches on the potential for norms to become laws, especially when they are violated in significant ways.

Ask Civics 101: Why is the Peaceful Transition of Power Important?

11 Jan 2021  |  www.nhpr.org
The peaceful transition of power is a fundamental aspect of American democracy, ensuring stability even during political strife. Historical examples, such as the transitions involving John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln, highlight its importance. Despite recent challenges, including the 2020 election, the principle remains crucial for maintaining democratic integrity and preventing the influence of foreign powers.

Syrian Refugees Excluded from Lebanese Labor Market

11 Jan 2021  |  CounterPunch.org
The article discusses the exclusion of Syrian refugees from the Lebanese labor market and the harsh conditions they face. It highlights the economic crisis in Lebanon, anti-refugee rhetoric from politicians, and the demolition of refugee shelters by Lebanese authorities. The article also details the efforts of Syrian refugee Nabil Khallouf and various NGOs in rebuilding homes in Beirut after the port blast, despite the challenging environment for refugees in Lebanon.

Ask Civics 101: Why Does It Take So Long To Certify the Vote?

06 Jan 2021  |  www.nhpr.org
The article addresses a listener's question about the lengthy process of certifying the Electoral College vote in the United States. It outlines the historical and procedural reasons for the delays, including the dates set by Congress for the election, the Electoral College vote, and the final vote count in Congress. The timeline is partly a holdover from the days before modern technology, when communication and travel were slower. The article also notes that the process used to take even longer, with the presidential inauguration initially set for March 4th.

Ask Civics 101: What Is Voter Fraud, And Does It Ever Actually Happen?

18 Dec 2020  |  nhpr.org
Voter fraud is a term that has been frequently mentioned, yet election officials report a lack of evidence for significant fraud. Law professor Justin Levitt from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles explains that while various types of voter fraud do occur, they are extremely rare and involve breaking the law, such as voting more than once or impersonating an eligible voter. Claims of voter fraud often stem from misunderstandings of election law or are expressions of frustration when a preferred candidate loses. Despite the rarity of voter fraud, controversial laws like voter ID requirements are enacted to prevent potential widespread fraud, which some view as attempts to disenfranchise voters. Levitt emphasizes that claims of voter fraud without evidence often reflect deeper disengagement from the electoral system rather than actual legal violations.

Ask Civics 101: What Do The National Archives Have To Do With The Electoral College?

07 Dec 2020  |  nhpr.org
The National Archives and Records Administration is responsible for preserving government records and administering the Electoral College process. Historian Jessie Kratz explains that the Archives received this duty in 1950, taking over from the State Department. The Archives manage the paperwork of the Electoral College, including Certificates of Ascertainment and Vote, ensuring they are available to the public and Congress. These documents are crucial for the democratic process, linking the popular vote to the electoral vote and outlining the electors for each candidate.

Ask Civics 101: What Does the Solicitor General Do?

04 Dec 2020  |  www.nhpr.org
The article explains the role of the Solicitor General, who represents the U.S. in front of the Supreme Court and controls cases that may be appealed to the Court. The position, established in 1870, is highly competitive and influential, often referred to as the '10th Justice.' The Solicitor General consults with the Attorney General and the Executive Branch to determine the government's position on legal issues. Trust between the Supreme Court and the Solicitor General is crucial, as any abuse of this trust can have significant ramifications. Jeffrey B. Wall is the current acting Solicitor General, pending Senate confirmation.

What Are the Differences Among Constructionist, Originalist, and Liberal Supreme Court Justices?

16 Nov 2020  |  www.civics101podcast.org
The podcast episode from Civics 101 discusses the differences between constructionist, originalist, and liberal interpretations of the U.S. Constitution by Supreme Court justices. A constructionist takes a hyper-literal approach to the Constitution's words, while a textualist considers the words in the context of the statute. An originalist looks at the meaning of the words at the time the statute or constitutional provision was passed. Liberal justices argue that the Constitution must adapt to changing times to remain useful. The episode also touches on the intent behind legislative acts, such as the inclusion of 'sex' in the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and how different interpretations can lead to varied outcomes.

How Do Elections Rise to the Supreme Court?

13 Nov 2020  |  www.civics101podcast.org
Civics 101 explores how the U.S. Supreme Court can become involved in election disputes, a rare occurrence with notable instances in 2000 (Bush v. Gore) and 1876 (Hayes v. Tilden). The podcast features Dan Cassino, a political science professor, who explains that when election results are within a margin of error, the outcome may be decided by judges and elected officials, such as the state's secretary of state. The episode also touches on the potential for disputes in the 2020 election and historical parallels with Andrew Jackson's response to losing the 1824 election.

Ask Civics 101: How Do We Call The Election?

28 Oct 2020  |  nhpr.org
Election Night in the U.S. is compared to a high-stakes sporting event where networks call the winner based on exit polls and initial returns. However, only states can certify results. The National Election Pool and Edison Research, as well as Fox News, AP, and the University of Chicago, use different methodologies for projections. The increase in mail-in ballots due to the pandemic may delay the announcement of a winner, with some states unable to process ballots before Election Night. Despite suggestions to the contrary, counting votes after Election Day is standard, including military ballots, and the higher volume of absentee ballots this year is the primary difference.

Money — Civics 101: A Podcast

10 Mar 2020  |  www.civics101podcast.org
The podcast episode explores the concept, history, and function of money in the United States. It features discussions with experts like Stephen Mihm and Ellen Feingold, covering topics such as the origins of money, the role of the Federal Reserve, the history of paper currency, and the transition from the gold standard to fiat currency. The episode also delves into the intricacies of coin production by the U.S. Mint and the challenges of counterfeiting. Notable historical figures like Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and Harriet Tubman are mentioned in the context of their contributions to or representation on U.S. currency.

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