Jan 28 2015

Newsflash: Jordan Government Swaps Prisoner for a Pilot With ISIS, Mexico Declares 43 Missing Students Dead, Georgia Executes Intellectually Disabled Man

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Uprising’s guest expert Courtney Morris, Assistant Professor of African American and Women’s Studies at Penn State University, analyzes today’s new headlines:

Jordan’s State television has just announced that the government would free a prisoner in exchange for the release of a pilot that had been captured by Islamic State rebels last month. Jordan will release Sajida al-Rishawi, a woman convicted of being a suicide bomber in response to an ISIS demand. ISIS had threatened to kill Jordanian pilot, Moaz al-Kasasbeh, as well as a Japanese journalist. It is not yet clear if the journalist, Kenji Goto’s life will also be spared. Meanwhile, not far from Jordan, in Lebanon, cross-border hostilities with Israel have set off alarms this morning. The Lebanese group Hezbollah reportedly fired rockets into Israel, killing two Israeli soldiers and a Spanish member of the UN peacekeeping force. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to respond swiftly.

Click here for The New York Times article, Jordan Agrees to Release Terrorist in Exchange for Pilot Held by ISIS.

Click here for the CNN story, 2 Israeli soldiers, peacekeeper reported killed in Israel-Hezbollah fighting.

Mexico’s Attorney General has declared the 43 missing students from Ayotzinapa officially dead. The statement comes after months of protests rocked the nation over an incident that to the Mexican public, symbolizes the worst of state collusion with corrupt police and violent drug gangs. At a press conference yesterday, Mr. Jesús Murillo Karam said, “The evidence allows us to determine that the students were kidnapped, killed, burned and thrown into the river.” The mayor of Iguala, where the students went missing, has been charged with their kidnapping and ordering their killing. The Attorney General also made a statement about Mexico’s most wanted drug kingpin, El Chapo Guzman, who was captured last year. Members of the US Congress had called for El Chapo’s extradition to the US, but Mr. Karam said it was a matter of Mexican national sovereignty that he remain in Mexico and face justice. El Chapo had been arrested once before but managed to escape.

Click here for the Aljazeera article, Mexico official declares 43 missing students dead.

Click here for The Guardian article, Mexico rules out ‘El Chapo’ extradition.

And finally, the state of Georgia executed an African American man named Warren Lee Hill last night, who, according to lawyers suffered from an intellectual disability. The execution took place at 7 pm, after the US Supreme Court refused to grant a stay, even though justices Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor said they were in favor of it. A 2003 Supreme Court ruling bars the execution of mentally disabled inmates as unconstitutional but left it up to states to decide on where to draw the line. The state of Georgia has set the highest bar for proof of intellectual disability in the nation. Hill’s lawyer, Brian Kammer hit back at the Supreme Court in its refusal to stay the execution saying it, “unconscionably allowed a grotesque miscarriage of justice to occur in Georgia.”

Click here for The Christian Science Monitor story, Georgia inmate executed after Supreme Court declines appeal (+video).

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