Islam-friendly finance and shari'a law

"The Muslim financial industry is the fastest growing industry in global finance - so understanding Shari'a or Islamic law is becoming increasingly important for doing business overseas. Kathryn Ryan discusses the opportunities, polemics aand pitfalls with the University of Kansas School of Law's Professor Raj Bhala and Brian Henry the Managing director of Shari'a-approved KiwiSaver fund Amanah Ethical."

KC Council facing fast-track decision on Burns & McDonnell airport proposal

"Kansas City Council members on Tuesday peppered Mayor Sly James with questions about Burns & McDonnell’s proposal to build and finance a new airport terminal, even as the mayor called for a quick decision so the public can vote on the plan in November.

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City Councilman Quinton Lucas, who teaches contract law at the University of Kansas, said it’s essential that the city negotiate a solid agreement with Burns & McDonnell.

Native American Sovereignty: Should Indians have more control over their land?

"Native American lands contain $1.5 trillion in untapped coal, oil and other energy resources. The potential bounty is raising hopes among many Indians that energy development can help tribes reduce poverty on their reservations, where unemployment averages 19 percent. But development also is raising fears that it will threaten Indians' traditional way of life and harm the Earth. In addition, the dispute is raising tough questions among Indians, lawmakers and others about energy development and the limits of tribal sovereignty.

Kansas Secretary Of State Kobach To Help Lead Presidential Commission On Voter Fraud


"Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to help lead a commission on voter fraud and suppression, a body he has promised to create since taking office nearly four months ago.

Kobach, who has gained national notoriety for his claims of widespread voter fraud, will serve as vice chair alongside Vice President Mike Pence, who will chair the commission.
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Mark P. Johnson, a Kansas City attorney who has challenged Kansas’ proof of citizenship law, says he’s willing to give Kobach the benefit of the doubt.

Episode 1: Whose Kansas Is It Anyway?

"WNYC’s Arun Venugopal traveled to Kansas to speak with members of the Indian community about how they’re dealing with the deaths, and with their changing status in America. Indian Americans enjoy the highest household income of any ethnic group in America. Their socioeconomic success and status as a ‘model minority’ has increasingly been reflected in American popular culture, as well as Bollywood films, and has played into arguments that America is a meritocracy, rather than one defined by white supremacy.

TPP: What now?

"As leaders of the 21 nations of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation organisation met in Peru on November 20, one question overshadowed their discussions: the fate of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).


Rejection of the TPP, a landmark free trade agreement among 12 nations bordering the Pacific Ocean, was a cornerstone of US president-elect Donald Trump’s campaign. If he follows through, as expected, a shadow would be cast over the bright futures member countries had foreseen for their country’s economies through higher exports and foreign direct investment.

KU law professor says language compelling Kobach produce documents unusually strong

"A law professor at the University of Kansas reviewed the decision handed down by U.S. Magistrate Judge James P. O’Hara this week compelling Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to produce documents in a suit regarding the National Voting Rights Act.

One of those documents is one photographed by the Associated Press in Kobach’s hand as he was getting ready to walk into a meeting with then President-elect Donald Trump.

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