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Portrait of anti-nuclear activists Gregory Boertje-Obed, Sister Megan Rice, and Michael Walli in Knoxville, Tenn., on February 6, 2013.
Anti-nuclear activists Gregory Boertje-Obed, Sister Megan Rice and Michael Walli in Knoxville, Tenn., on Feb. 6, 2013.
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Radical nun says answering her Christian calling landed her in prison

by December 16, 2013 5:00AM ET
83-year-old Sister Megan Rice continues her anti-nuclear activism in jail, pleads for a Catholic Church ‘of the streets’

OCILLA, Ga. — Sister Megan Rice presses the palm of her hand against the glass in greeting, her blue eyes welcoming her visitor in a cell opposite hers. Lamps illuminate her oval face framed by cropped hair like a white halo. Her uniform — a green-striped jumpsuit, sneakers and a gray blanket that covers her slender shoulders — is not the norm for a Roman Catholic nun, but she sees her presence in Georgia’s Irwin County Detention Center as answering her Christian calling.

The 83-year-old Rice has chosen to spend the final chapter of her life behind bars.

She faces a possible 30-year prison sentence on charges of interfering with national security and damaging federal property, resulting from an act of civil disobedience she committed in July last year…………………..Citing backgrounds of poverty from towns “where there are hardly any other options,” she blames a capitalist economy for not investing more in social services available to the underclass and effortlessly connects nuclear weapons to the “prison-industrial complex.” They’re not bad people, she says of her fellow inmates, but were unfortunate enough to be born into a society that gave them few choices……………….

Topics:

Pope Francis

Religion, Spirituality & Ethics

Nuclear weapons

 Economy

Time to bury the Clinton economic legacy

To get to full employment, we need to push for higher deficits

Topics:

Economy

Jobs & Unemployment

Deficit

Debt

 U.S.

 Boston PD’s new assault rifles raise concern over militarization of police

Saying it has to keep up in arms race with street criminals, department will put AR-15 rifles in patrol cars…………….

Topics:

U.S.

Law & Justice

Boston

International

Saudi prince bashes US over foreign policy in Iran, Syria

Prince Turki al-Faisal says Saudi Arabia wants to take part in Iran talks and that Syrian rebels need US support ………………….

Topics:

Saudi Arabia

Syria

Syria’s War

International

Iran

US-Iran Diplomacy

Middle East

U.S.

The Guardian

Edward Snowden
Edward Snowden is currently in Russia, where he was granted a year’s asylum. Photograph: Sunshinepress/Getty Images

NSA officials consider Edward Snowden amnesty in return for documents

• Key official tells CBS ‘it’s worth having a conversation’
• State Department and other key figures oppose deal

An amnesty, which does not have the support of the State Department, would represent a surprising denouement to an international drama that has lasted half a year. It is particularly unexpected from a surveillance agency that has spent months insisting that Snowden’s disclosures have caused vast damage to US national security.

The NSA official in charge of assessing the alleged damage caused by Snowden’s leaks, Richard Ledgett, told CBS News an amnesty still remains controversial within the agency, which has spent the past six months defending itself against a global outcry and legislative and executive proposals to restrain its broad surveillance activities……………………….

MDG : Ethiopia abortion clinic : Marie Stopes International Kirkos clinic

The Kirkos clinic, which performs abortions in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Photograph: Marie Stopes International

Ethiopian women pay high price for US aid abortion restrictions

Reproductive health has risen up aid donors’ agendas, but USAid rules mean NGOs are shying away from abortion work

Just 1km away from the African Union conference centre, and the international evangelical church in Addis Ababa, the Kirkos health clinic feels far from the politicking and religious opposition that continue to stalk abortion – one of the most contentious global health issues…………………..While abortion remains a radioactive issue in the US, a number of developing countries have liberalised their abortion laws in recent years, often citing alarming public health statistics. Globally, the World Health Organisation estimates that 47,000 women die from unsafe, “back-alley” abortions each year, and millions more are left temporarily or permanently disabled………………..

Opinion

US dollars notes are checked at the Kore

Affluenza: the latest excuse for the wealthy to do whatever they want

Jessica Luther: Ethan Couch, a teenager in Texas, killed four people but got off because he’s rich and ‘didn’t know better’

There are many reasons to feel disgust over a judge in a juvenile court in Fort Worth, Texas, sentencing 16-year-old Ethan Couch to 10 years of probation for killing four pedestrians and paralyzing his friend while driving drunk this summer…………………

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