February 19, 2013 |
GAZA CITY -- A Hamas military court Tuesday reduced the sentences for two militants convicted in the 2011 killing of Italian activist Vittorio Arrigoni from life imprisonment to 15 years. The Supreme Military Court accepted an appeal from Mahmoud Salfiti and Tamer Husasna, former police officers who were convicted in September in the kidnapping and murder of Arrigoni. Arrigoni, 36, a longtime member of the pro-Palestinian International Solidarity Movement, was kidnapped on April 14, 2011, by a previously unknown group of Islamist extremists.
November 30, 2012
Re "Gay rights? Not in Uganda," Editorial, Nov. 27 Of course you are spot-on when you write that "Americans should perhaps not be too smug in opposing the Ugandan law" proposing life imprisonment for being gay and imposing a duty to report homosexuality on the community at large. But the rationale for the admonishment goes much deeper than our own history. It has been widely reported that much of Uganda's recent fervor for passing such harsh laws has been instigated and encouraged primarily by religious zealots from the U.S. See, for instance, the much-honored documentary, "Call Me Kuchu.
November 2, 2012
Re "Debating Proposition 34," opinion, Oct. 28 Jimmy Carter has the chutzpah to write "The process for administering the death penalty in the United States is broken beyond repair. " The biggest problem with California's capital punishment law from 1987 to the present has been the judges appointed to the federal district courts and the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals by none other than Carter. Once again, we are told the system is broken - by one of the key people who broke it. Fortunately, the "beyond repair" part is wrong.
March 23, 2012
Seven years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that offenders younger than 18 couldn't be sentenced to death, arguing that juveniles are generally less culpable than adults because they are less mature, more impulsive and more susceptible to peer pressure. By the same unassailable logic, the court should hold that sentencing young murderers to life without parole is cruel and unusual punishment. Evan Miller and Kuntrell Jackson were both 14 when they committed their crimes. Miller and a 16-year-old friend beat a neighbor and set fire to his house in Alabama, leading to the neighbor's death by smoke inhalation.
January 9, 2012
Balancing the budget Re "Schools face huge cuts in Brown plan," Jan. 6 I'm a conservative, but at this moment in California's history, I stand in awe of the brilliance of the state's liberal politicians. By primarily targeting education for cuts if higher taxes aren't approved by voters, they've ensured this never-ending goal is a fait accompli . After all, who is against having more of their money confiscated by government if it helps our kids? Wouldn't it have been refreshing if Gov. Jerry Brown had instead called for a reduction in California's myriad free money programs, referred to euphemistically by The Times as "social service programs," in an amount equal to the deficit?
October 27, 2010 |
Ludwig Wittgenstein, one of the 20th century's most influential philosophers, famously remarked: "Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent. " Pirke Avot, the only Talmudic tractate to deal exclusively with ethical and moral questions, records this saying of Simeon, son of Rabbi Gamaliel: "I was raised among the sages and from them learned that nothing is to be preferred to silence. " Had Mark Jacobson taken counsel from such wisdom ancient and modern, readers might have been spared his repellant new book, "The Lampshade: A Holocaust Detective Story From Buchenwald to New Orleans.