All Further Articles for 2014-02-27

Thursday, February 27, 2014
Rubin Carter's Final Wrenching Wish: To Live In A World Where Truth Matters and Justice, However Late, Happens
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the former middleweight boxer who spent 20 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit, is dying. Heartbreaking in itself, but then this: His last wish is to get justice for David McCallum, jailed 29 years ago after a dubious murder conviction based on a recanted confession and no forensic evidence - to Carter a verdict, like his own, "predicated on racism rather than reason." Carter is asking a newly elected D.A. to "look straight in the eye of truth" and reopen the case for McCallum, who entered prison two weeks before Carter was released, "reborn into the miracle of this world." Carter has long worked to free others wrongly incarcerated - in the U.S., up to 100,000 people. He says his only regret is that McCallum is not yet among them. If Carter finds a heaven after this life, he says, "I’ll be quite surprised." “In my own years on this planet, I lived in hell for the first 49 years, and have been in heaven for the past 28 years. To live in a world where truth matters and justice, however late, really happens - that would be heaven enough for us all.”
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Liberation At the Vatican
In another sign the Vatican is leaning ever so slightly in the direction it long should have been anyway, a book launch this week welcomed a surprise speaker: Rev. Gustavo Gutierrez, the once-shunned founder of Latin America's liberation theology whose Marxist-inspired adherents fought in the 1960s and 1970s against military dictatorships' inequality and repression. The Vatican is also moving to bestow sainthood on Archbishop Oscar Romero, famously gunned down in El Salvador after condemning violence there. Pope Francis' own past actions during Argentina's bloody military rule have long been questioned, so maybe he too is seeking redemption. It's a start.
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Vetoing Hatred, This Time
Proving even Arizona has its limits, Gov. Jan Brewer has killed the bill that would have allowed businesses to refuse to serve gay customers. In her veto letter, Brewer blathered on in praise of religious freedom in this great land of liberty before taking a sharp follow-the-money turn to acknowledge that the bill could have "unintended and negative consequences," like people moving Super Bowls elsewhere and otherwise hating on her state more than they do now. Less than inspiring reasoning, but we'll take it. Jon Stewart likewise looks in vain for someone to declare the bill "morally repugnant" before settling for the irony of the NFL finding something too homophobic even for them.
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