Nov 04 2013
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:
A 23 year old white man named Paul Anthony Ciancia who allegedly shot and killed one person and wounded three at LAX over the weekend is still in the hospital and under armed guard. Ciancia, the alleged shooter, who apparently targeted TSA workers, wore military fatigues and used an M&P rifle. He is reported to have left a note calling himself a “patriot” and TSA workers, “traitors.” Ciancia may be part of a right wing movement driven by conspiracy theories about government encroachment. His ability to bring a rifle into a busy airport like LAX was made easier, according to Think Progress, by the lobbying efforts of the NRA. Read a Think Progress report about the story.
A leaked White House memo from David Cutler, a senior healthcare advisor to President Obama, is likely to provide more fodder for Republican criticism of the rollout of Obamacare. CBS News, which obtained the memo, quoted Cutler who said three years ago, “I do not believe the relevant members of the administration understand the president’s vision or have the capability to carry it out.” Now, even high ranking Democrats are taking pause. California Senator Dianne Feinstein has said she told the White House it “ought to take down the website until it was right.” The memo comes on the heels of revelations that many middle class Americans whose insurance plans were dropped by their employers found comparable plans on the health insurance exchanges at much higher prices. Read a CBS News article about the story.
Deposed President Mohammad Morsi was set to go on trial in military-administered Egypt today. Among the charges he faced was the killing of protesters on his watch. Morsi had been kept in detention until today when he was finally seen in public for the first time since his ouster in July. He quickly rejected the authority of the court trying him. The trial has now been postponed until early January. Morsi’s supporters in the Muslim Brotherhood had warned they would protest the trial. Click here to read a New York Times article about the story.