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Revelations: Slaughter at Taiji, The Cove

January 26, 2014 By: nancy a heitzeg Category: Eco-Justice, International Law, Intersectionality, What People are Doing to Change the World

Japan dolphin hunt goes on after slaughter: campaigners, New Straits Times

Ambassador Kennedy Criticizes Japan’s Dolphin Hunt, NPR

U.S. State Department Expresses Concern About the Japan Dolphin Drive, Supports Ambassador Kennedy, Seattle PI

Cove Guardians, SeaShepard.org

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Did mother of albino dolphin commit suicide after Japanese fishermen took its calf during mass slaughter? UK Daily Mail

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Remembering the Dakota 38

December 26, 2013 By: nancy a heitzeg Category: Anti-Racism, Civil Rights, Criminal Injustice Series, Imperialism, International Law, Intersectionality, Military Industrial Complex, Prison Industrial Complex, Spirituality

Dakota 38 + 2 Wokiksuye riders to remember Mankato 1862 execution

In the Footsteps of Little Crow: Six Part Series

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CI: The Year in State-Sponsored Homicide

December 18, 2013 By: nancy a heitzeg Category: Anti-Racism, Civil Rights, Corrupt Judiciary, Corrupt Legislature, Criminal Defense, Criminal Injustice Series, International Law, Intersectionality, Prison Industrial Complex, Prisoner Rights

Criminal InJustice is a weekly series devoted to taking action against inequities in the U.S. criminal justice system. Nancy A. Heitzeg, Professor of Sociology and Race/Ethnicity, is the Editor of CI. Kay Whitlock, co-author of Queer (In)Justice, is contributing editor of CI. Criminal Injustice is published every Wednesday at 6 pm.

The Year in State-Sponsored Homicide
by nancy a heitzeg

As 2013 comes to a close, both Amnesty International  and the Death Penalty Information Center offer us a final look at the year in Killing States, both in the USA and around the world. While the overall trend is towards abolition, capital punishment remains an both option and a grim reality in the 31 countries that carried out executions in 2013.

Without further adieu, the numbers. These include only judicially mandated executions and not extrajudicial killings  by police, security guards and vigilantes. Those numbers would add untold thousands more.

And the only word I have left: Abolition.

Executions Worldwide

While more than two-thirds of the world’s nations are now abolitionist in law or in practice, thousands are executed around the world each year.  China keeps its’ execution numbers a secret, so a complete accounting is not available. Concern has been expressed recently over the increase in secret executions in Japan, and the high rate of executions in Iraq. Unsurprisingly, the United States is ranked in the top five of countries carrying out executions.

Methods of execution included beheading, electrocution, hanging, lethal injection and various kinds of shooting (by firing squad, and at close range to the heart or the head). Public executions were known to have been carried out in Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia and Somalia. In Saudi Arabia, executions are usually beheadings with a sword. In one case recorded by Amnesty, a Sudanese man’s head was sewn back onto his body and hung from a pole in a public place.

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“To Celebrate A Life Like No Other…”

December 10, 2013 By: nancy a heitzeg Category: Anti-Racism, Civil Rights, International Law, Intersectionality, Prisoner Rights

Political Prisoner to President: Nelson Mandela (1918 – 2013)

December 05, 2013 By: nancy a heitzeg Category: Arts and Culture, Civil Rights, Criminal Defense, Imperialism, International Law, Intersectionality, Military Industrial Complex, Prison Industrial Complex, Prisoner Rights, What People are Doing to Change the World

Lucky Dube ~ House of Exile

Mandela Obituary, The Guardian

Mandela’s Struggle in Posters, New York Times

Official Statement on the Passing of Nelson Mandela From Leonard Peltier

Nobel Symphony excerpt ~ Steve Heitzeg

 

Revelations: “Venceremos” (We Will Win)

September 16, 2013 By: nancy a heitzeg Category: Arts and Culture, Civil Rights, Criminal Injustice Series, International Law, Intersectionality, Military Industrial Complex, Prison Industrial Complex

Victor Jara (September 28, 1932 – September 16, 1973)

40 Years After Chile Coup, Family of Slain Singer Víctor Jara Sues Alleged Killer in U.S. Court

Bruce Springsteen Honors Chilean Folk Hero Victor Jara in Santiago

Revelations: World Piece #53 – Egypt

July 07, 2013 By: nancy a heitzeg Category: Arts and Culture, Education, International Law, Intersectionality, Spirituality

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Dedicated to pianist Teresa McCollough, and launched on United Nations Day, October 24, 2010, this work by Steve Heitzeg is a tribute in part to the spirit of that organization, founded in 1945 to maintain peace and foster international communication among all peoples of the world.

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Melting: CO2 Hits Historical High

May 11, 2013 By: nancy a heitzeg Category: Eco-Justice, International Law

Climate warming greenhouse gas reaches 400 parts per million for the first time in human history

The Guardian Friday 10 May 2013

 For the first time in human history, the concentration of climate-warming carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has passed the milestone level of 400 parts per million (ppm). The last time so much greenhouse gas was in the air was several million years ago, when the Arctic was ice-free, savannah spread across the Sahara desert and sea level was up to 40 metres higher than today.

These conditions are expected to return in time, with devastating consequences for civilisation, unless emissions of CO2 from the burning of coal, gas and oil are rapidly curtailed. But despite increasingly severe warnings from scientists and a major economic recession, global emissions have continued to soar unchecked….

But the extreme speed at which CO2 in now rising – perhaps 75 times faster than in pre-industrial time – has never been seen in geological records and some effects of climate change are already being seen, with extreme heatwaves and flooding now more likely. Recent wet and cold summer weather in Europe has been linked to changes in the high level jetstream winds, in turn linked to the rapidly melting sea ice in the Arctic, which shrank to its lowest recorded level in September.

“We are creating a prehistoric climate in which human societies will face huge and potentially catastrophic risks,” said Bob Ward, policy director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change at the London School of Economics. “Only by urgently reducing global emissions will we be able to avoid the full consequences of turning back the climate clock by 3 million years.”

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