Rising Political Risk for Miners in Zambia

The 2011 election of President Michael Sata and the Patriotic Front (PF) government in Zambia turned out to be one of the most negative events for foreign investors in the country. Not only did the Sata government expropriate properties, re-nationalise assets, and rack up debt and inflation – they also sought to tighten control over […]

Venezuela and the Limits of Sanctions

As the a new sanctions bill against specifically targeted Venezuelan government officials has now cleared both houses of the legislature (a rare event indeed) and is headed to President Barack Obama’s desk for signing, a wide range of reactions have come forward, from conspiracy mongering to the familiar cries of imperial oppression. While sanctions are […]

Austrian Press Reports on Stephan Templ Case

During a trip to Austria this week, I had the pleasure of speaking with Eric Fey of Der Standard about the persecution of my client, the Jewish activist and author Stephan Templ. The interview, in German, can be read here. As I said in the interview, the case against Templ is a clear legal scandal […]

Austria’s ‘State Defamation’ Against Stephan Templ

Not only have prosecutors deliberately and repeatedly misinformed the media regarding the details of the Stephan Templ case, but diplomatic staff including the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs have also issued false statements distorting the court record.

An Open Letter to the Austrian Attorney General

The prosecutors in this case have committed multiple errors in both factual and legal matters, resulting in the unfair persecution of Stephan Templ.

How ‘Human Rights’ Became a Dirty Word

The term “human rights” has been hijacked and had its meaning twisted into something negative and sinister. It’s time for us to seize it back and redefine what human rights are, and why they still matter.