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Feb 5th, 2011

Summary: Arizona’s new immigration law, which allows law enforcement officers to stop people and demand proof of legal immigration status, is having a ripple effect across the nation as state legislatures in at least 15 states introduce legislation closely modeled on Arizona’s law. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on February 5, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that the U.S. was preparing a major attack on the Taliban to reverse their gains in the Kandahar region of southern Afghanistan, that militants were being squeezed in their Pakistan sanctuaries, and that the Afghan government was trying to draw them into peace talks. Meanwhile, in Iraq, a bomb on a parked motorcycle exploded on the outskirts of the holy city of Karbala, killing at least 20 Shiite pilgrims and wounding 110.


Jun 25th, 2010

Summary: Lawmakers or candidates in nearly 20 states are pushing for tougher anti-illegal immigration measures similar to Arizona’s sweeping new immigration law. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on June 25, 2009 Aubrey Immelman reported that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused U.S. President Barack Obama of behaving like his White House predecessor George W. Bush, calling on Obama to apologize for what he called U.S. interference following Iran’s disputed elections. Against that background, Immelman provided links to psychological profiles of Ahmadinejad, Bush, and Obama developed at his Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics.


Apr 23rd, 2010

Summary: Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer ignored criticism from President Barack Obama and signed into law a bill supporters said would take handcuffs off police in dealing with illegal immigration in Arizona, the nation’s busiest gateway for human and drug smuggling from Mexico. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on April 23, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that suicide bombers struck a humanitarian aid distribution point and a crowded restaurant in separate attacks in Iraq, killing at least 78 people.