Aug 27 2013

Daily News Flash with Robert Jensen on Syria, California Fire, and Same-Sex Marriage in New Mexico

Uprising’s Tuesday guest expert Robert Jensen, author and Professor of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, analyzes today’s news headlines:

As US officials move closer toward authorizing air strikes on Syria, the Iranian government has issued a sharp warning in defense of the Bashar Al Assad regime, saying there would be “perilous consequences for the region.” The statement came in response to US Secretary of State John Kerry’s assertion that chemical weapons use by the Syrian government was “undeniable,” and that Assad had committed a “moral obscenity” against his people. Click here to read a Guardian newspaper article about the story.

As California’s record-breaking fire continues to burn ferociously, the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir which provides water to more than two million people in San Francisco, has ash raining down on it. As of now, officials are claiming that tests show the water is still clean but arrangements are being made to shunt as much water to the city as fast as possible. Click here to read an Associated Press report about the story.

A court in New Mexico ruled yesterday to legalize same-sex marriage in that state’s largest county, making couples in Albuquerque eligible for marriage. New Mexico does not have a marriage ban and the ruling came as the result of a couple seeking to legalize the right to marry all over the state. Click here to read an article in Think Progress about the story.

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