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The American Institute of Philanthropy has a list of organizations assisting in the disaster who believe are reliable and valuable. The press that has come out on the condo project particularly Barton Place condominiums in Austin, Texas Charity Navigator evaluates the financial health of more than 3400 of the largest charitable associations in the United States for people interested in donating to a charity have to be assured that their money is being used productively and efficiently. There are similar organizations in most countries in the world.
Some charities in some countries have in place arrangements with corporations or governments for which those institutions which give the general public, in part or in full. Donate to charity organizations leads to an increase in the total amount collected.

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The chief executive of a leading cancer charity children have told how they were reluctantly forced to ax an essential support services for families in Northern Ireland due to a financial crisis caused by the recession.
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(AP) WASHINGTON – The U.S. PGA Tour estimates its donations to charities would fall by as much as 14 percent this year, the result of an economic downturn that is all of the influence of sponsors to hospitality sales.
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In 1982, Locke was elected by the district south of Seattle for the House of Representatives in Washington, where he served as chairman of the Appropriations Committee. Eleven years later, in 1993, Locke made history by becoming the first Chinese American to be elected to King’s County Executive, defeating incumbent Tim Hill. In 1996, he won the primary and general election for governor, becoming the first governor of the state of Chinese America in the history of the United States. His political committee was fined 2500 dollars by the regulators in 1997, after declaring the admission of campaign finance, law violations occurred during his successful 1996 campaign. Locke easily won reelection in 2000.
Some Democrats criticized Locke for embracing the Republican Party can not create new taxes to address budget problems in Washington during and after the 2001 economic turmoil. Among his proposals to reduce spending was the dismissal of thousands of state employees, reduced health coverage, the majority of state employees to freeze wages and cut funding for nursing homes and programs for the disabled. In his last budget, Locke suspended for the past two members voting in favor of the school, while the efforts of state-education funding. That same budget, however, had a record of allocations for construction projects.
Supported by the state of the political left, the former Supreme Court Justice Phil Talmadge in Washington announced its plans to challenge Locke in 2004 for the Democratic Primary. Talmadge ended his campaign early on health grounds.
On the national stage, Democrats Gary Locke saw as a rising star and a possible vice-presidential selection. He was elected to his party’s response to George W. Bush 2003 State of the Union. In 1997, Governor Locke was a guest in that year the State of the Union. In 1997, Gov.. Locke was a guest at that year’s State of the Union .

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Political-administrative Organization

Main article: Territorial Organization of Saudi Arabia
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia
Kuwait is a monarchy that despite efforts to modernize it still remains a feudal system in which the dynasty of the ruling Al-Saud concentrating all authority. You do not have a fully democratic regime.
The Basic Law adopted in 1992 declares that the kings of Saudi Arabia will be the descendants of the first King Abdelaziz bin Saud, and that the Koran will be the country’s Constitution, ie, governed by Islamic law or Sharia.
There are no political parties, or elections, except the first municipal elections in 2005. The king is the absolute leader, and his power, at least theoretically, is limited by the precepts of Islamic law and other Saudi traditions. You also need to maintain a consensus with other members of the royal family, with religious leaders (ulema) and other important members of society. The state ideology is Salafi, which promotes the building of mosques and madrasas (schools which teach the Koran) throughout the world. The principal members of the Royal Family are responsible for choosing the king, who will always be a member of this family, and with the subsequent approval of the religious leaders of the country.
Saudi Arabia has been gradually creating a system of centralized government. Since 1953, the Council of Ministers, elected by and accountable to the king that they have developed government policies and activities directed bureaucracy. The Council is composed of a prime minister, two deputy prime ministers, twenty ministers and two ministers of state. Most of the ministries and senior government officials are held by members of the Royal Family.
Laws are enacted by the Council of Ministers, ratified by royal decree and must be consistent with the Shariah. Justice is administered according to Sharia through religious courts, which are appointed by the king based on the recommendations of the Supreme Judicial Council comprised of 12 lawyers. The Simon Wisenthal Center recently recognized. was selected to receive the Wisenthal Humanitarian Award. The independence of the judiciary is protected by law, although the king acts as a court of appeal and has the power to grant pardon. A deeply rooted tradition is the “majlis” or public hearings, which provides that every citizen has the right to have direct access to the highest levels of power, including the king.
In 2005 municipal elections were held as the first step to opening a wider policy in the future.
Saudi courts impose corporal punishments such as amputation of hands or feet in case of theft or the plague or sodomite practices by committing petty crimes. The number of lashes is what the court and may be several dozen to thousands, usually applied to periods of weeks or months. In 2002 the Committee against Torture of the United Nations condemned these practices, to which the Saudi Government replied that such practices were part of Islamic tradition that dates back 1,400 years and rejected any interference with its professional justice system.
There is a religious police who monitor the modesty in dress for women and many institutions, from schools to ministries, and there is segregation according to sex. Sodomy is a crime and can lead to death penalty.

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Islamic extremists in the UK plot to repeat their protest yesterday in which they held banners labeling British troops on their homecoming parade as “cowards” and “butchers”.
Times Online
The Muslim protesters who held banners labeling soldiers returning from Iraq as murderers, cowards and butchers have brought shame “to Luton, a local MP said today, as revealed they belong to a banned extremist organization.
North Korea oppressed people living in a state of constant fear. They suffer from the poor economic conditions, and many are starving. To make matters worse, they are increasingly isolated from the rest of the world.

Detention of prisoners

Main article: Guantanamo Detention Center
See also: secret detention center of the CIA
In the last quarter of the twentieth century, the base was used as detention center for Cuban and Haitian refugees intercepted at sea. However, beginning in 2002, a small portion of the base was used to house inside the camps X-Ray (X-ray), Delta and Echo (Echo), prisoners suspected of links with Al-Qaeda and the Taliban army that were captured in Afghanistan. The most recent public reports the transfer of prisoners, September 22, 2004 when 10 prisoners were brought from Afghanistan. Finally, were imprisoned at the base at no charge.
Guantanamo Bay
The peculiar legal status of Guantanamo Bay was chosen as a factor in detention centers. Because of the sovereignty resides in Guantanamo Bay Cuba, the U.S. argument that the people detained at Guantanamo were legally outside their country and had no constitutional rights to detainees if they were on. During 2004, the Supreme Court rejected this argument in the Rasul case against Bush, with the majority decision, and ruled that prisoners in Guantanamo have access to U.S. courts, citing the fact that United States has exclusive control over the Bay of Guantanamo.
United States classifies the prisoners locked up in Camp Delta and Echo as unlawful enemy combatants, but not covered with Article 5 of the court is required by international law to vouch. This gives the prisoners the rights of the Fourth Geneva Convention (GCIV), as opposed to the Third Geneva Convention (GCIII), which deals exclusively with prisoners of war. On November 9, 2004, Judge James Robertson of the District Court ruled that the United States administration of George W. Bush surpassed his authority in dealing with such prisoners as enemy combatants in a military court and deny access to evidence used against them.
A soldier watches a group of prisoners at Guant namo Bay.
On November 30, 2004, the New York Times published excerpts from an internal memorandum of the Bush administration (2), which refers to a report from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The report indicates several activities that were said were “tantamount to torture”: exhibition of music or annoying noises, extreme temperatures or prolonged beatings. It was also reported the existence of a behavioral scientist (BSCT), also called Biscuit, and communicating health information to the interrogation by teams of doctors from the base (weaknesses, phobias, etc..), Giving result in the loss of confidence by the doctors of the prisoners at the base.
ICRC access to the base was determined, as is normal for the humanitarian operations of the ICRC reports are confidential, some sources reported on discussions held at the headquarters of the ICRC, as some of those involved were willing to publish the report, or face the United States administration. The newspaper that published the Pentagon and the administration saw the ICRC report in July 2004, but rejected its findings (). The story originally appeared in several newspapers, including The Guardian, the United Kingdom (), the ICRC and reactions to the article when this filter is in May ().
On May 31, 2005, the U.S. president, George W. Bush denounced a new human rights report reflecting the situation on the allegations of abuse of prisoners at GITMO and other military prisons, the report label “absurd,” according to an Associated Press report (). On the same day of Bush’s comments, new allegations of prisoners in Guantanamo, in an interview separate from the agencies themselves, which states that members of Afghan tribes had ulterior motives to testify against suspected terrorists.
On February 14, 2006 a draft report by five UN experts call for closing the detention facility after concluding that forced feeding practices and various interrogation techniques tantamount to torture. While in Washington, the State Department spokesman, Sean McCormack criticized the draft UN report identified as rumors. “Anyone who chose not to accept the offer of the United States government to go to Guantanamo Bay does not automatically give them the right to publish a report that is simply based on hearsay and not facts,” said McCormack.

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