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A Healthy Justice System

As Amnesty International reported yesterday the African nation of Togo became the 94th country in the world to abolish the death penalty for all crimes, and the 15th member of…

June 24, 2009


Obama, the Federal Death Penalty, and Race

The death penalty is a difficult issue for just about any politician.  Most prefer to avoid it as much as possible.  But the time may soon come when President Obama…

June 23, 2009


UN v. USA re: Death Penalty

On May 26, the United Nations released a report by the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, which highlights, among other things, some of the major flaws in…

June 10, 2009


A New Hope?

Nearly twenty years ago Troy Davis was convicted of killing a Georgia police officer. As has become well known, the case against him has grown weaker and weaker as seven…

June 4, 2009


200th Execution under one Governor

With the execution of Terry Lee Hankins last night, Texas Governor Rick Perry has reached a pretty apalling benchmark: 200 executions in his eight and a half years as governor. …

June 3, 2009


An Execution and Crucifixion in Saudi Arabia

On Friday, a ghastly execution took place in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh, involving the decapitation and subsequent public crucifixion of Ahmed bin 'Adhaib bin 'Askar al-Shamlani al-'Anzi, who…

June 2, 2009


Mahmoud Abbas to Meet With Obama Today

[caption id="attachment_2176" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas"][/caption] President Barack Obama is slated to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas today, to discuss what Press Secretary Robert Gibbs calls "ways…

May 28, 2009


Lebanon Election to be held on June 7th

[caption id="attachment_2169" align="alignnone" width="258" caption="Electoral Map of Lebanon"][/caption] Lebanon is due to hold its national elections in about two weeks on June 7th. This is a unique opportunity for the…

May 26, 2009


Global Day of Action for Troy Davis – Today!

Today is the Global Day of Action for Troy Davis.  Over 150 events in 45 state, DC, Puerto Rico, and 28 countries overseas have been scheduled, demonstrating as clearly as…

May 19, 2009