Cocktails of death

Cocktails of death

This week my home state, Louisiana, plans to join the list of states experimenting with cocktails of death.

Lifting Afghan children off their own “death row”

I was part of something special on Saturday night. I spent an evening with Lida and Hala and Maria and Frishta and Mohsan and Eraj. Six Afghan children visiting the USA from their parwarishga in Kabul, accompanied by two of their teachers. Parwarishga is an Afghan...

Being held accountable

A victory today for all of us who seek to hold our governments accountable for human rights abuses. Former President George W. Bush has had to cancel his trip to Switzerland this week because he faces the threat of arrest if he enters the country. A group of...

Exonerations keep coming

I want to share a letter I received from Kurt Rosenberg, the dedicated director of Witness To Innocence. Witness to Innocence is spearheaded by former death row prisoners who have been exonerated and released from death rows across the United States and who are now...

Keep the window to the death chamber open

Letter to CA Department of Corrections June 26, 2009 To: Mr. Timothy Lockwood Chief of CDCR  Regulation and Policy Management Regarding Proposed Amendments to Title 15, Article 7.5, Sections 3349 Dear Mr. Lockwood, All of my remarks about the proposed amendments to...

Legalizing torture

I received many thoughtful comments on my first contribution to the God’s Politics blog, including this one from MNW: Dear Sister Helen, Can you write on what you think about torture? Did you ever, in your wildest imagination, think that the United States of...

Writing about Nicaragua, and the School of the Americas

Here I am, back in my struggling city of New Orleans after a couple of summer months writing a book on Nicaragua. The working title is Going to Nicaragua. Epigraph: “People don’t give a good damn about Latin America” – Richard M. Nixon. SIxty-five percent of U.S....
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