It may take a Fukushima-type nuclear disaster to force California away from its reliance on two aging, dangerous nuclear plants at San Onofre or Diablo Canyon. The Fukushima catastrophe has virtually stopped the nuclear industry in Japan, and moved enlightened Germany to phase out its nuclear dependency. With the virtual disappearance of the robust anti-nuclear movement of the late 1970s, public opinion is adrift and state officials are focused on other crises like the budget for education.
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The New York Times reports that El Salvador’s political establishment is “rattled” at speculation that a secret deal has been made with imprisoned Mara Salvatrucha leaders to halt the long wave of street killings in that country. Perhaps in return, thirty top mara leaders are being moved to less-harsh prison conditions where they will enjoy family visits.
In the end it was left to Guatemalan president Otto Perez Molina to deliver the message alone. Following Vice President Joe Biden’s trips to Mexico and Central America on March 6, during which he promoted the drug war and hesitated to accept regional proposals for narcotics legalization, Central America’s presidents insisted they would meet again on March 24 to further discuss legalization as an alternative. However, when the time for the meeting came, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador all pulled out at the last minute with vague excuses. Can one speculate that Biden’s recent tour of the region involved backdoor tampering? Time will tell.
Criticizing over-attention to Syria while Mexico burns, a leading neo-con strategist writes, “Mexico will affect America's destiny in coming decades more than any state or combination of states in the Middle East.”
The case of Trayvon Martin may become a turning point in America’s debate over racial profiling, stop-and-frisk policing, and prison time for millions of young people of color since the neo-con crusade against “super-predators” began two decades ago. But first there will be a major pushback from advocates of hard-line law-and-order tactics.
Firsthand accounts from Seminole County, Florida.
The mainstream media, the State Department, humanitarian and women’s groups have recently lauded the democratic transition in Myanmar as a historic human rights victory. But how does Myanmar fit into the emerging Cold War with China and the global scramble for resources? Now we may know.
Updated on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 10:50AM by Tom Hayden
When I spoke to hundreds of students in central Florida last week, only one mentioned the recent murder of Trayvon Martin, a story now blazing across the global media. “You have no idea how bad it is down here,” the student told me in a one-on-one conversation. “They have a license to kill you if they think you’re a threat to them, and that’s what happened in Sanford,” he said. He expected no justice, nor even publicity, about the case.
The mainstream of the civil rights movement was mainly Christian but also ecumenical. Protestant leaders were there as National Council of Churches. Jewish rabbis and leaders mainly from Reform Judaism. Gandhi’s philosophy of a “soul force” and nonviolence as a way of life strongly influenced Lawson, Dr. King, and Bayard Rustin, the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, among many others. Malcolm X is credited with leading the Nation of Islam into active support of desegregation and black power, recruiting many Muslims who were victims of mass incarceration. Malcolm before his death would evolve in an ecumenical direction, after taking a pilgrimage to Mecca and parts of Africa, where he saw people of many different colors in the Islamic faith.