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Tuesday, 02 June 2009

News from the French press

The global economic crisis and global warming represent two of the most important issues of our time.  Enormous amounts of time, personnel, and resources have been spent in attempts to stem the exponential continuation of both of these problems.  Jakob von Weizs├Ącke, member of European think tank Breugel, offers a simple solution; green the debt ("Verdir la dette").  This idea, proposed in Alternatives Economiques, consists of instilling emissions quotas and internationally taxing countries for their CO2 emissions in order to provide stimulus funds.  Such green fiscal reciepts would simultaneously ameliorate the environmental situation and create a coordinated debt relief effort. 

From The APC Blog by dk on 02 Jun 2009Permalink

Monday, 01 June 2009

Weekly Immigration Wire: Child of Immigrants Nominated to Supreme Court

by Nezua, TMC MediaWire Blogger

On Tuesday, President Obama announced Sonia Sotomayor as his pick to replace Supreme Court Justice David Souter. Sotomayor could be the first Latina appointed to the Supreme Court. Predictably, attacks and slurs from the Right are already flying. Regardless, Sotomayor would be an excellent choice for the Supreme Court, signaling to Latino/as that the White House is aware of our need for more representation in government.

Reporting on Sotomayor's nomination, the Washington Independent's Daphne Eviatar notes that, while the choice doesn't push the envelope in terms of liberalness, it does indicate that Obama was "willing to stand up to unfounded criticism of Sotomayor as a far-left liberal." Interestingly enough, President George H. W. Bush originally nominated Sotomayor for the district court, and her life reads like Many GOP-adored tales of hard work leading to success.

Which leads one to wonder why are they attacking Sotomayor's nomination with such vitriol, by painting her as a "radical, judicial activist/scary Latina feminist/underqualified

From The APC Blog by meb on 01 Jun 2009Permalink

Thursday, 28 May 2009

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Weekly Pulse: Sotomayor an Enigma on Abortion
By Lindsay Beyerstein, TPM MediaWire Blogger

Yesterday, Sonia Sotomayor became the first Latina and the third woman
ever nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court. She is currently a federal judge
on New York's 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. Born to Puerto Rican immigrant
parents and raised by her mother in the housing projects of the South
Bronx, Sotomayor went on to attend college at Princeton and law school at
Yale. George H.W. Bush appointed her to the U.S. District Court in 1991
and Bill Clinton "promoted" her to the 2nd Circuit in 1998.

Political Scientist Scott Lemieux writes for TAPPED that, in light of her
distinguished resume and inspiring biography, Sotomayor's
is all but assured:
[…] Obama cited three criteria in choosing Sotomayor: 1) her
intellectual capacity (as demonstrated in her sterling academic record,
her success as an assistant district attorney, and her distinguished
service as a federal judge); 2) her approach to judging based on her
opinions, which represent a high level
From The APC Blog by mld on 27 May 2009Permalink

Thursday, 21 May 2009

APC Blog for 5/21/09

FAIR reports on hate speech, media activism and the First Amendment
Hate crimes against Hispanics an astonishing 40 percent between 2003 and 2007.  A UCLA professor looks at whether a media plays a role in hate crimes. 

As Blackwater reinvents itself as Xe and plans training facilities, In These Times reports on civilian groups fighting against private military contractors
From The APC Blog by mld on 21 May 2009Permalink
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