Category: World

Radio Atlantic: How Innocence Becomes Irrelevant

After Rick Magnis, a Texas judge, reviewed the evidence in Benjamine Spencer’s case, he recommended a new trial for Spencer “on the grounds of actual innocence.” But Texas’s highest criminal court took the rare step of rejecting the judge’s ruling. Why? Because Spencer did not meet the state’s “Herculean” standard of unassailable proof, such as DNA, that would remove all…

Congressman calls for probe into SFO close-calls, study on aviation trends

The run of close-calls at San Francisco International Airport and other airports across the country involving runway or taxiway incursions have prompted Congressman Mark DeSaulnier and two other politicians to call for an independent review. In a letter sent Wednesday to Comptroller General Gene Dodaro — who heads the Government Accountability Office, a nonpartisan review agency — DeSaulnier, D-Concord, along…

Why school shootings are rare in Israel where guns are common

By Ruth Eglash | Washington Post JERUSALEM – When students, parents and teachers pleaded with President Donald Trump this week to act against school shootings, they cited Israel, a place where guns are a familiar sight but where school shootings are virtually unheard of. During a meeting at the White House on Wednesday, one parent correctly noted, for instance, that…

50 girls missing from Nigerian town after Boko Haram attack

By Haruna Umar | Associated Press MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — About 50 girls have been missing since Boko Haram extremists attacked a village in northern Nigeria that has a girls’ boarding school, provoking fears they may have kidnapped like those from the town of Chibok nearly four years ago. Authorities had no credible information that those missing from the village of…

The pressure on Binyamin Netanyahu is growing

IT SEEMED that things could not get worse for Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, when on February 13th police recommended that he be indicted for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in two corruption investigations. One involved accusations of gifts for favours; the other alleged back-room dealing with an Israeli newspaper publisher for favourable coverage. Five days later, however, police…

Why Justin Trudeau Is Being Snubbed in India

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hasn’t hidden his fondness for foreign leaders. He has embraced them, tweeted at them, and sent them birthday wishes—all in an effort to make India a global player in international affairs. So when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, he of the perfect coiffure, high-voltage smile, and beautiful family arrived in New Delhi this week for…

One arm of the Trump administration thinks climate change is a security threat

UNTIL America gets a grand military parade, a drive along the wharf at Naval Station Norfolk, in Virginia, is the next-best thing. Destroyers, missile-cruisers, nuclear-powered submarines and, most fearsome of all, two 333-metre (1,092-foot) Nimitz-class aircraft-carriers, are enough to make Americans’ spines tingle and enemies shudder. But the menace that most concerns Captain Dean VanderLey, the chief civil engineer for…

Life, liberty and the pursuit of parking

This is not a table AFTER two relatively mild winters, Rahm Emanuel’s ability to manage a snowstorm was put to the test earlier this month when it snowed, with little respite, for nine days. On the worst day of the storm Chicago’s mayor cancelled lessons in public schools to minimise traffic. He deployed more than 280 of the city’s salt-spreaders,…