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Robert Scheer on Iraq War II

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Truthdig’s editor on IS, al-Qaida and another mess in Mesopotamia. Also: Bill Blum on beheadings, Deborah L. Rhode on the women’s movement and Sangamithra Iyer on vital vegans.

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Robert Scheer on Iraq War II

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Truthdig’s editor on IS, al-Qaida and another mess in Mesopotamia. Also: Bill Blum on beheadings, Deborah L. Rhode on the women’s movement and Sangamithra Iyer on vital vegans.

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What College Students Can Teach Us About Beheadings and Our Own System of Capital Punishment

Last week, something happened to disrupt the Western superiority narrative of Middle Eastern beheadings, at least for me: I went back to college.

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Execution Snacks

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Executioners

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Death Penalty Decision

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Federal Judge Throws Out California’s Death Penalty

U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney, an appointee of George W. Bush, ruled Wednesday that the state’s capital punishment system is unconstitutional because long delays create uncertainty.

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AP/Evan Vucci

Has the Supreme Court Finally Found Its Way or Will the Mania Continue?

Two decisions this week on the death penalty and public protest show that the justices may have found a middle road on civil liberties—or they remain committed to the counterrevolution that began with Bush v. Gore.

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AP/Trent Nelson

A Simple Fix for Our Execution Problem

Shortages of lethal drugs are causing executions to be botched in horrible ways, but the resulting public outcry could help clear a path to a lasting, moral solution.

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Texas Halts Execution of Robert James Campbell at Eleventh Hour

A court in Texas halted an execution Tuesday with just hours to spare of a convicted murderer who had appealed on grounds he suffered intellectual disabilities.

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Deadly Bloopers

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Creative Execution

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Death Penalty Report Cites Value of Taping Interrogations

A report advocating death penalty reforms finds that false confessions in capital cases can be limited by recording the questioning of suspects.

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John Oliver on Why America Needs to Finish Off the Death Penalty

The “Daily Show” veteran’s new Sunday night show “Last Week Tonight” was only two episodes into its first season on HBO when the comedian was forced to tackle a doozy.

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Capital Punishment

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Death Penalty

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‘Left, Right & Center’: A Good and Bad Economy, Ukraine, the Death Penalty

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the 288,000 jobs added to the economy in April. The good news stands in contrast to a report earlier this week that showed the economy grew at an annual rate of just 0.1% during the first quarter.

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No Humane Way to Die

No one who supports the death penalty should have the slightest problem with the way Clayton Lockett died.

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Botched Execution

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When Cruel and Unusual Punishment Becomes Usual

The state of Oklahoma tortured a man to death this week.

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U.S. Inmate ‘Tortured’ in Botched Execution

A U.S. death row inmate writhed in agony and mumbled incoherently in a botched execution using untested drugs, before dying of a heart attack 40 minutes into the ordeal, news reports said. The prisoner, Clayton Lockett, is shown above left.

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Egypt Sentences 683 to Death, Bans Youth Movement

A judge in Egypt on Monday sentenced 683 members of the Muslim Brotherhood to death, including the group’s leader, in a trial that Human Rights Watch has deemed unfair. Simultaneously, the April 6 movement that ignited the country’s revolution has been banned for the crimes of embarrassing Egypt and protesting without permission.

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We’re Running Out of Ways to Kill People—Legally

You’d think that we Americans would have enough stuff to worry about. Severe drought desiccating a third of the country. A political system whose major talent is demonstrating stasis in action. The rich using the poor as fleshy paving stones for the road to mansions on the hill. Ben Affleck as Batman.

Posted on Apr 21, 2014 READ MORE



LGBT Ugandans Face ‘Imprisonment for Life’ Thanks to New Law

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni made homosexuality a crime Monday potentially punishable by life sentence.

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Race Inequality in America by Graph, From Crime Sentencing to Income

Most death sentences are handed out for killing white people, even though African-Americans make up 50 percent of murder victims (they are only 12 percent of the population).

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Should One Company Own This Much Internet?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Michael Sam is out of the closet, headed to the NFL and he’s really good. Also, why the big cable merger should scare you, and Bill Blum on Washington’s death penalty moratorium.

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 READ MORE


A Gay Jackie Robinson? Not So Fast

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Michael Sam is out of the closet, headed to the NFL and he’s really good. Also, why the big cable merger should scare you, and Bill Blum on Washington’s death penalty moratorium.

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Washington Governor Stays All Executions, for Now

Saying “I’m not convinced equal justice is being served,” Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday announced that there would be no executions in the state of Washington while he holds office.

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and the Future of the Death Penalty on Trial

In a very real way, the future of the death penalty—a barbaric relic of a bygone era abolished by more than two-thirds of the world’s nations—will also be on trial with the suspected Boston Marathon bomber.

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Ohio Prisoner Experiences ‘Air Hunger’ While Being Put to Death, Attorney Contends

Condemned inmate Dennis McGuire had to undergo “air hunger” before being put to death Thursday, his family and attorney allege.

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AP/Evan Vucci

Death for the Disabled: Should We Kill Freddie Lee Hall?

The U.S. Supreme Court now faces what may be the most important legal challenge to the death penalty in years.

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Hustler Publisher Asks Authorities to Pardon His Shooter

Larry Flynt, paralyzed by a bullet 35 years ago, doesn’t want his attacker to be executed; Eminem’s latest hit number is homophobic; meanwhile, London plutocrats have been banned from bending building regulations to construct luxurious basement homes. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Dead Man Walking, 20 Years On

Thirty years ago, a Catholic nun working in a poor neighborhood of New Orleans was asked if she would be a pen pal to a death-row prisoner.

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Murder Is Our National Sport

The decision to execute William Van Poyck, who in his writings from death row has chronicled our penal system’s depravity, is one more footnote to our perverted belief in the regeneration of society through violence.

Posted on May 12, 2013 READ MORE



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What’s Going on With Obama and Drug Policy?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: With marijuana, alone, the administration has adopted multiple, contrary positions. Also: The past and future FCC, why we don’t execute terrorists, and baby books for kids.

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What’s Going on With Obama and Drug Policy?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: With marijuana, alone, the administration has adopted multiple, contrary positions. Also: The past and future FCC, why we don’t execute terrorists, and baby books for kids.

Posted on May 10, 2013 READ MORE



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Should We Kill Dzhokhar Tsarnaev?

According to a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll, more than 70 percent of Americans support the death penalty for 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev if he is found guilty of perpetrating the Boston Marathon bombing.

Posted on May 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Death Row Inmate Denied DNA Test, Scheduled to Be Executed Tuesday

According to Dov Fox of the Georgetown University Law Center, there was never any physical evidence linking Willie Jerome Manning to the slayings. The FBI has also recently acknowledged that the forensics evidence used to convict him was flawed.

Posted on May 6, 2013 READ MORE


Death Penalty

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Boston Bombing Suspect Charged, Will Not Be Treated as Enemy Combatant

If convicted, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could face the death penalty.

Posted on Apr 22, 2013 READ MORE


The Fatal Prejudice of the Death Penalty

Bill Moyers looks at America’s gruesome history of capital punishment, racism and the highest court in the land with former ABC News reporters Martin Clancy (pictured) and Tim O’Brien, authors of the new book “Murder at the Supreme Court.”

Posted on Apr 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Georgia Prepares to Execute ‘Mildly Retarded’ Man (UPDATED)

Despite the Supreme Court’s 2002 ruling that it is unconstitutional to put someone who is mentally handicapped to death, the state of Georgia is planning to execute a man with an IQ of 70 on Tuesday evening.

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How Many Controversial Comments Can Arkansas Republicans Make in One Week?

From defending slavery to advocating for the killing of disobedient children, there’s been a lot of crazy talk by some GOP politicians in the state of Arkansas recently.

Posted on Oct 11, 2012 READ MORE


Assange Willing to Stand Trial in Sweden, Ecuador Says

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa has said that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is willing to be tried in Sweden for sexual assault charges as long as Swedish authorities guarantee Assange won’t be extradited to the United States.

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Colorado Shooting Suspect Charged With 142 Counts

James Eagan Holmes was formally charged Monday in the Colorado movie theater shooting rampage that left 12 people dead and 58 injured.

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Colorado Shooting Suspect Makes First Court Appearance

James Holmes, the man suspected of going on a deadly shooting rampage inside a Colorado movie theater at a midnight showing of the new Batman film, faced a judge for the first time on Monday.

Posted on Jul 23, 2012 READ MORE


Connecticut’s Death Penalty Message

What happened in Connecticut brings home the flaw in seeing everything that has happened in the states since the midterm vote as embodying a steady shift rightward.

Posted on Apr 29, 2012 READ MORE



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Connecticut Abolishes Capital Punishment

Connecticut this week became the 17th state to abolish the death penalty, replacing it with an ultimate punishment of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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Californians Will Decide in November Whether to Abolish the Death Penalty

Californians headed to the polls to elect our next president will have another big decision to make: Should the state abolish capital punishment and commute all death sentences to life in prison?

Posted on Apr 23, 2012 READ MORE


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