Apr 28 2015

Newsflash: Catastrophic Situation in Yemen, Nine Face Indonesia Firing Squad, Double Standard on Holmes Vs. Tsarnaev?

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Uprising’s guest expert Chenjerai Kumanyika, Assistant Professor of Communications Studies at Clemson University, analyzes to day’s news headlines:

The Red Cross has warned that the humanitarian situation in war-torn Yemen is reaching catastrophic proportions. The US-Saudi war against Houthi rebels, who took over the Gulf Arab nation, has made it impossible for aid delivery to civilians by sea. And, news reports indicate that land transport of aid is being held up by rebel groups. Red Cross spokeswoman Marie Claire Feghali said, “It’s a catastrophe, a humanitarian catastrophe.” Meanwhile, US nuclear talks with Iranian leaders continue in New York this week. Secretary of State John Kerry has indicated that external concerns such as Iran’s role in Northern Iraq in the fight against ISIS, and its role in ostensibly supporting Houthis in Yemen, may arise during the talks. Click HERE for a The Guardian article and HERE for an Yahoo News article on this story.

Indonesia is on the verge of carrying out a mass execution this week. Nine people stand accused of various charges of drug trafficking. Indonesia’s government, citing a tough “war on drugs,” approach, has sentenced them to death by firing squad. Eight of the 9 are foreign citizens, including people from Nigeria, the Philippines, Brazil, and Australia. Some of the convicts say they were offered lighter sentences in exchange for bribes by the judge. Indonesia’s judicial system is notoriously corrupt. The planned executions have seriously strained diplomatic ties with foreign governments, some of whom send aid to Indonesia. The UN has also expressed condemnation. Already ambulances carrying coffins have arrived at the island of Nusa Kambangan, off the coast of Java where the prisoners are being held. The death sentences are scheduled for tomorrow morning. Earlier in the year, Indonesia executed 5 people on drug related charges. Click HERE for a NY Times article on this story.

The trial of mass shooter James Holmes has begun this week with little fanfare. Holmes stands accused of fatally shooting 12 people and injuring 70 at a Colorado movie theater 3 years ago. He has pled not guilty on grounds of insanity. His defense is painting a picture of a conflicted man, struggling with schizophrenia when the shooting occurred. Meanwhile, much more attention has been focused on the sentencing phase of the Dzhokar Tsarnaev trial. The Boston Marathon bombing, for which Tsarnaev was found guilty on all counts, resulted in 3 dead and 264 injured. Tsarnaev is being painted as an unrepentant terrorist. There is an on-going media debate on whether he should receive the death penalty versus life in prison. Click HERE for a CSMonitor.com article and HERE for a Slate.com article on this story.

ERRATUM: Chenjerai Kumanyika erroneously said “left-wing” instead of “right-wing” in his last answer.

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