Arizona immigration law sparks controversy

The western US state of Arizona has enacted the toughest immigration law in the country aimed at cracking down on hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants.

Barack Obama, the US president, has called the law “misguided” and expressed concern over possible civil rights implications.

Activists say the new legislation legalises racial profiling and discrimination, and right groups have vowed to take their case to the nation’s highest courts.

The new legislation is likely to reignite a national debate on the reform of the US federal immigration system, as Al Jazeera’s Monica Villamizar explains. (Apr 24, 2010)

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US ends political campaign spending limits

The US supreme court has issued a landmark ruling that will change the way US election campaigns are financed.

By a 5 to 4 vote, the court lifted long-standing limits on corporate spending in political campaigns, opening the door for private entities to flood the political marketplace with corporate money.

Al Jazeera’s John Terrett explains why it is likely to have an immediate effect on the upcoming Congressional elections in November.

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Case raises France veil-ban issues

A court in Paris has handed a French retiree a one-month suspended sentence for attacking an Arab woman who was wearing a full-face veil.

The court ordered Jeanne Ruby, a retired English teacher, to pay $1,140 in damages to the victim, a citizen of the United Arab Emirates who was on holiday in Paris at the time of the attack.

The incident took place in the French capital in February, as France’s conservative government was in the early stages of hammering out a plan to ban the wearing of full-facial veils in public.

The measure officially became law last month, but it will not be enforced for several months.

Al Jazeera’s Jacky Rowland reports from Paris on how the case has highlighted potential problems once the veil ban is implemented next year.

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Everywoman – Family Law changes in Morocco – 07 Mar 08- Pt1

Morocco’s King, Mohammed VI, introduced sweeping reforms across the country in 2004 which were designed to eradicate discrimination – he ushered in new laws on equality, divorce rights and on polygamy.

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