Oscar Romero, Martyr; Lovers of Authoritarians, Nervous

By: Saturday January 10, 2015 10:00 am

After years and years of delay for “prudential reasons,” a panel of Vatican theologians has declared that the late Archbishop Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez of El Salvador is a martyr, killed for his faith while standing at the altar saying Mass. If Francis is looking to lift up a bishop who is a shepherd that smells like the sheep, he couldn’t find a much better example than Romero, and that has to make the lovers of authoritarians (inside and outside the church) nervous.

 

Obama’s Answer to Child Refugee Crisis at US-Mexico Border: Speed Up Deportations

By: Tuesday July 1, 2014 11:02 am

Tens of thousands of children from Central American countries are crossing the United States-Mexico border. They are being apprehended and processed into America’s immigration system. And, according to President Barack Obama, the answer to this crisis is to send a message to children and their parents that they should not be sending their kids to America and ship them back home.

The Politics of Abortion in Latin America

By: Friday July 19, 2013 7:00 pm

In light of the recent case of Beatriz, a 22-year-old Salvadoran woman and mother of a toddler, who, while suffering from lupus and kidney failure and carrying an anencephalic fetus, was denied the right to an abortion, it is relevant to discuss the restrictive abortion laws in Latin America and some of the reasons behind them.

Did America Kill Ecuador’s President?

By: Friday June 28, 2013 12:43 pm

So whats up with the Ecuador-U.S. relationship?

An Abortion by Any Other Name: Beatriz and the Global Anti-Choice Spin Machine

By: Wednesday June 5, 2013 12:10 pm

Yesterday in El Salvador, Beatriz (a pseudonym) had an abortion. The Catholic Church and the international anti-choice movement are desperate to deny this reality, so the anti-choice spin machine is in high gear, engaging in linguistic gymnastics to suggest otherwise.

And much of the media is taking the bait.

Salvadoran Supreme Court Denies Beatriz Her Right to Life

By: Thursday May 30, 2013 5:28 pm

In a stunning decision made worse by the length of time it took to be handed down, the Supreme Court of El Salvador gave a young woman a death sentence on Wednesday by denying “permission” for an abortion needed to save her life.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Dina Hampton, Little Red: Three Passionate Lives Through the Sixties and Beyond

By: Saturday May 18, 2013 1:59 pm

Dina Hampton does something unique in writing about the history, meaning and legacy of the 1960s in the United States. She gives us intimate portraits of three very different people whose lives were forged in the red hot political cauldron of that era: the Communist Party champion of Black Power, Angela Davis; the New Left firebrand, Tom Hurwitz; and the neo-conservative advocate of unbridled American power, Elliott Abrams. Her three subjects, fascinatingly, all attended at the same time the Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School, collectively known as Little Red.

Lakeside Diner

By: Tuesday March 13, 2012 4:45 am

A variety of links to articles/interviews/speeches on current topics that may be of interest.

Lakeside Diner

By: Monday March 12, 2012 4:45 am

A variety of links to articles/interviews/speeches on current topics that may be of interest.

Guardian Publishes Secret UK Torture Instructions

By: Thursday August 4, 2011 7:21 pm

In January 2002, the British government gave instructions to its intelligence agencies debriefing or interrogations prisoners captured in Afghanistan, many of whom were being abused or tortured by their US allies. The agencies asked for legal guidance, and the UK Guardian has now published what that guidance was, posting the original document online.

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