Oct 07 2013
Daily News Flash with Rose Aguilar on US Raids on Al Qaeda, Greenpeace Activists and California’s Immigration Bills
Uprising’s guest expert Rose Aguilar, op-ed writer for Al Jazeera English and host of Your Call on KALW in San Francisco. , analyzes today’s news headlines:
US forces conduct weekend raids in Somalia and Libya, targeting Al Qaeda affiliated networks. Two separate attacks on Saturday by US military forces surprised the international community. In an apparent response to the Nairobi mall attack last week, US Navy Seals raided the home of an alleged leader of the Somali group Al-Shabab. The raid did not succeed however and the Navy seals retreated. Also on Saturday, US forces captured a Libyan man in Tripoli named Anas al-Libi, apparently in connection to the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Al-Libi may be brought back to the US to stand trial, while Libya’s government has registered its strong condemnation of the action. Click here for a Washington Post article about the story.
The environmental group Greenpeace is known for its bold acts of international civil disobedience against oil and gas companies recently, Greenpeace activists are paying a heavy price. A group that had attempted to challenge Russian exploration of newly available Arctic offshore oil, has been in Russian custody for over a week now. Twenty eight activists and 2 journalists are being held in solitary confinement and face serious charges of piracy. Click here for a Guardian newspaper article about the story.
In the absence of comprehensive federal immigration reform, the state of California is taking strong action to make the lives of the undocumented slightly easier. Governor Jerry Brown over the weekend signed the TRUST Act into law which would ensure that immigrants detained on minor charges would not be automatically turned over to law enforcement. The governor has also signed into law bills making available drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants, allowing undocumented immigrants to practice law, preventing employers from using the threat of deportation, and a domestic workers bill of rights. Click here to read a Washington Post article about the story.