All Further Articles for 2014-02-27

Thursday, February 27, 2014
I Thank You For Your Zealotry
On the eve of this year's AIPAC conference, dubbed "the pro-Israel community's largest and most important advocacy day," comes a brutal parody video good enough to have prompted AIPAC to force its removal from online - though it's popped back up - and to threaten CODEPINK with legal action, though in fact nobody's taken credit for making it. Good stuff. “It’s exciting to see so many people together who understand that sometimes you have to violate other people’s human rights if you want to take their land.”
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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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