This post is in partnership with Worldcrunch , a new global-news site that translates stories of note in foreign languages into English. The article below was originally published in Süddeutsche Zeitung . (BERLIN) — The European Union is set to restrict the sale to the United States of one of the main active substances needed for lethal injections. According to information obtained by the Süddeutsche Zeitung , the export of sodium thiopental will only be possible by special permission, beginning Friday, posing a major problem for the US justice system.
Oct. 10 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. risks a repeat of the 2010 Macondo oil spill as its “wildcat culture” fails to put a premium on safety and security, the co-chairman of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill said. “U.S. oil and gas culture is the culture of the wildcat that’s been transferred offshore,” Bob Graham said today in an interview at an oil conference in Abu Dhabi. “The Gulf of Mexico had a culture of complacency. For every one fatality in the North Sea, there were four in the Gulf of Mexico.”
JACKSON, Ga. - Strapped to a gurney in Georgia's death chamber, Troy Davis lifted his head and declared one last time that he did not kill police officer Mark MacPhail. Just a few feet away behind a glass window, MacPhail's son and brother watched in silence. Outside the prison, a crowd of more than 500 demonstrators cried, hugged, prayed and held candles. They represented hundreds of thousands of supporters worldwide who took up the anti-death penalty cause as Davis' final days ticked away. "I am innocent," Davis said moments before he was executed Wednesday night. "All I can ask ... is that you look deeper into this case so that you really can finally see the truth.
The state of Georgia shocked the world when it took Troy Davis’ life last Wednesday. But in the wake of that outrage, the movement to end the death penalty has only grown in numbers and energy. We have heard innumerable stories of consciousness raising and transformation. People did not go home from the various protests despondent.
NEW YORK, Oct 3 — Police reopened the Brooklyn Bridge after more than 700 anti-Wall Street protesters were arrested for blocking traffic lanes and attempting an unauthorised march across the span. Demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street campaign take their cause to the neighbourhood. — Reuters pic The arrests took place when a large group of marchers, participating in a second week of protests by the Occupy Wall Street movement, broke off from others on the bridge’s pedestrian walkway and headed across the Brooklyn-bound lanes.
The richest one per cent of Americans earn nearly a quarter of the country's income and control an astonishing 40 per cent of its wealth. Inequality in the US is more extreme than it has been in almost a century - and the gap between the super-rich and the poor and middle class people has widened drastically over the last 30 years. Meanwhile, in Washington, a bitter partisan debate over how to cut deficit spending and reduce the US' $14.3 trillion debt is underway.
A protest encampment near the heart of the United States' financial capital in New York City started out with a few dozen students and unemployed university graduates. Within weeks it inspired thousands of New Yorkers to join, and spawned scores of similar protests around the country. Al Jazeera spoke with Henry Giroux about how young people have been culturally alienated by the political and economic systems of the country widely regarded as the example of democracy, and why the "Occupy" movement needs to stay focused on youth.
" I'm not part of the 99% ." That's the catch-phrase of a counter-protest that misunderstands the entire nature of the Occupy movement. Buying the lies that 99% activists are just a bunch of unemployed hippies looking for handouts, people like the following young student trumpet their work-ethics, and chide the rest of us for not being them . Parodying the various signs held by Occupy demonstrators, this picture epitomizes a view that misses the entire point of the protests. "The 99%" does not refer to people who want handouts; it refers to the people who pay the larger share of taxes, work the longer amount of hours, do the harder degree of work, and yet continually have our pay, jobs, health, environment and economy endangered or destroyed by the other 1%.
By Eric W. Dolan Thursday, October 20, 2011 0:12 EDT MIT economics professor Simon Johnson said on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show on Wednesday night that Wall Street “blew itself up,” which lead to the “most severe recession since World War II.” The former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund added that the enormous economic damage was “a direct consequence of what the biggest banks did and were allowed to get away with.” Watch video, courtesy of MSNBC, below: