This morning BBC News broke the following story about Ray Nagin, Mayor of New Orleans during the Katrina crisis: Mr Nagin, 56, is accused of using his office for personal gain and of accepting bribes and other illicit gratuities while the city of New Orleans reeled in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. According to the federal indictment, Mr Nagin accepted more than $160,000 (£100,000) in bribes for his family business. In exchange, Mr Nagin allegedly helped local businessman Frank Fradella secure millions of dollars in contracts from the city in the wake of Katrina.
A foreign national pleaded guilty this week to federal human smuggling charges for his role in a scheme to smuggle undocumented migrants from India into the United States.
Taking a few days off from deliberations over that mythical “fiscal cliff” is not going to improve matters. To paraphrase Bill Clinton: It’s the power, stupid! Politics has always been about the legitimation of power, as Max Weber observed; but even Weber would probably have to admit that the current practices of our Federal lawmakers are putting that legitimacy into question
Since I remember reading Merle Miller’s “What it Means to be a Homosexual” in January of 1971 in The New York Times Magazine, I felt a personal connection to Charles Kaiser’s NYRBlog post, “When The New York Times Came Out of the Closet,” which serves as an afterword to the new Penguin release of Miller’s On Being Different: What It Means to Be a Homosexual.” I was particularly struck, however, by Kaiser’s backstory about particularly vocal homophobes at the time Miller’s article appeared. One was the Times own managing editor, A. M.
Ethiopian Human Rights Commission to Investigate Conditions in 119 Regional And Federal Detention Centers
The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has launched a program to send teams to investigate conditions in some 119 regional and federal detention centers in the country.
Researchers investigating global issues now have an easy method for finding and using earth science data through a new technology developed by the Data Observation Network for Earth, or DataONE.