Maybe the biggest cruelty of all is that, in spite of King’s very public suffering, the things that happened to him continue every day in the United States.
News outlets and activists have been trumpeting loudly over two recent court rulings against the constitutionality of provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act, making it appear to the casual reader as if the statute is on its last legs. But the truth is far more complicated.
The world is not now – and has never been – a static entity. Things change, and countries must learn to adapt to these changes. So whether or not the media is convinced that we all find international affairs “boring,” we have no choice but to learn.
From Mosier, Oregon to West Plains, Missouri, rural populations in the US are turning out to join the Occupy movement.
Whether it is in Mississippi or not, it seems only a matter of time before a state follows this personhood movement into banning contraception altogether.
Anyone who follows US foreign policy should be accustomed to seeing it advance its own interests in sometimes very cynical ways. But these actions are counterproductive, and it’s hard to make a case that they advances US interests at all.
What’s clear from the farmworker shortage is that if there’s any area where tough, no-tolerance legislation is needed, it’s not in immigration – it’s in working conditions for farm labourers.
“This is the second time I have fought for my country,” a marine declared. “But it’s the first time I’ve known my enemy.”
The Verizon strike had been the nation’s largest work stoppage in four years and the most significant for many years beyond that. It has shown that workers standing together can resist corporate attempts to drive them from the middle-class.
Maybe states can properly regulate fracking. As usual however, science follows our thirst for cheap energy rather than careful research and cautious treading.