Category Archives: USA

U.S. not among signers of cluster bomb treaty

National Catholic Reporter
By Rich Heffern and Thomas c. Fox

_Cluster bombs in an olive grove in southern Lebanon. (Photo by Simon Conway, courtesy Cluster Munition Coalition)
_Cluster bombs in an olive grove in southern Lebanon. (Photo by Simon Conway, courtesy Cluster Munition Coalition)

Some 100 nations signed a major anti-cluster bomb treaty, the Convention on Cluster Munitions, during a conference that began Dec. 3 in Oslo, Norway. It is a move that supporters hope will shame the United States, Russia, China, Israel and other non-signers into abandoning weapons blamed for maiming and killing thousands of innocent civilians.

Norway was first to sign, followed by Laos and Lebanon, both hard-hit by the weapons. Continue reading U.S. not among signers of cluster bomb treaty

White extremists lash out over election of first black president

Los Angeles Times
The Ku Klux Klan is emerging from decades of disorganization and obscurity, and the turnaround is acutely evident — more than 200 hate-related incidents have been reported since the Nov. 4 election.
By Howard Witt
Reporting from Bogalusa, La. — Barely three weeks since America elected its first black president, noose hangings, racist graffiti and death threats have struck dozens of towns across the country. Continue reading White extremists lash out over election of first black president

Our system owes Troy Davis another day in court

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
By WILLIAM S. SESSIONS
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It is wrong to execute an innocent man. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit will now consider whether it is constitutional. Troy Anthony Davis, convicted of murder, is asking the courts to hear evidence that key government witnesses have repudiated their testimony against him. But so far the courts have decided that, while he may be innocent, procedural rules prevent them from taking a second look. Continue reading Our system owes Troy Davis another day in court

After Four Decades, Finally: The Beginning of the End

Common Dreams

“This victory alone is not the change we seek. It is only the chance for us to make that change.” – Barak Obama (11/4/08)

By Mark Weisbrot
The nation’s capital came alive after 11 p.m. on election eve, as thousands poured into the streets to celebrate a victory that everyone was calling historic. Car horns blaring, whooping and shouting, high fives all around, multi-racial crowds celebrating joyously. Historic it is, most obviously in the election of an African-American president, in a country where millions of black people could not even vote when the new president-elect was born. The rapper Jay-Z elegantly expressed the Obama campaign’s connection to the long struggle for equality, along with the enthusiasm that it generated: “Rosa Parks sat so that Martin Luther King could walk. Martin Luther King walked so that Obama could run. Obama’s running so that we all can fly.” Continue reading After Four Decades, Finally: The Beginning of the End