Justice

Shlomo Sand's "The Invention of the Jewish People"

If anything bedevils our world today, preventing great masses of humankind from living in peace, it's the Israel/Palestine conflict. It is a very, very strong belief of most Israeli Jews, many other Jews, and sympathetic pro-Zionists of other religions that Jews everywhere have a right to return to their "homeland" of some 2,000 years ago, from which their ancestors were cast out.

That this "right" interferes with the rights of the "Holy Land"'s indigenous population, both Muslims and Christians, well, that's just the way the ball bounces.

White Cops: Do we really need 'em?

(Achtung! Sarcasm alert!)

There's been a lot of concern lately about police violence in the United States. Police kill over 1,000 people, mostly fellow Americans, every year.

Perhaps not surprisingly, in a country where race is at the root of so much of its history and culture, African-Americans are disproportionately the victims, astonishingly so.

Here comes the Canada Day/Independence Day extravaganza

Every year at this time we get to take a day off, hang with friends and family, and think about how lucky we are to be so darned free in these great countries of ours. This year we’ve got a special reason to celebrate, as the United States has finally joined Canada in legalizing same-sex marriage. But every year, it seems, we’ve got a little less reason to do so.

Florida courtoom makes mockery of a circus

Of all the outrages that occurred during the kangaroo court that was the George Zimmerman trial, here's the one that most sticks in my craw. The judge allowed a "close friend" of Zimmerman's to claim in testimony that his experience as a soldier during the invasion of Vietnam (nb. at least 40 years ago) left him with the ability to recognize the voices of people who are in great distress.

Another Willie Jerome Manning tragedy: DNA testing won't help

Recently my Facebook news feed has been alive with concern about the impending execution of one Willie Jerome Manning in the State of Mississippi.

And these are important concerns. The US justice system has established a shameful record of wrongful convictions and executions. Groups like the "Innocence Project," very active on the Manning case, have done the US justice system a great service, preventing that system from putting to death dozens of wrongly convicted people.

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