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John Grisham is an activist and board member for the Innocence Project, an organization that fights to exonerate prisoners it deems wrongfully convicted.
This 2010 book looks at the issues of the death penalty through the wrongful conviction of 17-year-old Donté Drumm. He is a star on the high school football team and loved by the girls.
Donté’s is accused of murdering Nicole Yarber, a cheerleader.
It’s set in football mad Slone, Texas.
It’s a very good book. Well told. Some might find it a bit preachy. Repetitive in places.
Travis Boyette is the real killer. The most memorable of the characters, for me. Seems Grisham is skilled at writing complex, weird and evil bad guys.
I agree with Grisham on the death penalty. I’m against it. And still recall the day I made that decision. It was in a High School class in the 1970s where we were discussing the topic.
I’ll consider the USA a backwards nation until they ban it.
The USA will be backwards until the Republican Party finally starts to evolve their platform in the area of human rights.
United States, Japan, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Belarus, Oman, and Taiwan are some of the most prosperous nations that still have it.
Much of the fictional case presented in the novel is taken from some real-life cases involving defendants on death row.
What can be said that hasn’t already been said?
It’s fantastically well done.
Elisabeth Moss as June Osborne must win every acting award.
Madeline Brewer as Janine should win the rest. And Ann Dowd as Aunt Lydia, of course.
In season 2 I could finally relate to Yvonne Strahovski as Serena Joy Waterford. Her backstory is fascinating.
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… That all said, I’m not sure I can continue with season 3. It’s too violent. Too sad. Too believable in an age where a potential leader of the Gilead theocracy is VP. ☹️
Great decision in an era where dictators and toddler-dictator-wannabes call all criticism FAKE NEWS.
Time magazine’s 2018 Person of the Year title goes to the “guardians and the war on truth.”
The honour has been given to four journalists and a newspaper that Time says “are representatives of a broader fight by countless others around the world. …
The “guardians” are:
- Jamal Khashoggi, the prominent Saudi journalist who was killed in that country’s consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.
- The Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md., where five people were shot and killed at the newspaper’s offices in June.
- Maria Ressa, a detained Philippine journalist who is head of independent news website Rappler.
- Reuters journalists Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, who have been jailed in Myanmar for nearly a year.
Most Canadians know very little about Yemen.
I’ve been there and left very discouraged. The Houthi rebels are terrible. The vastly stronger Saudi military brutal.
Little Amal Hussain was born into this disaster. She died a few days after this photo was taken.
She’s only one of about nearly two million children suffering from severe malnutrition in Yemen.
The only upside – U.N. sponsored peace talks.
Certainly Saudi Arabia and Yemen need to work this out. The USA should QUIT Saudi Arabia. All Americans are complicit in the role their government has in this war.
Listen to an interview with the photographer:
In the three years that Saudi Arabia, supported by the United States, has been at war with the Houthis in Yemen, very few journalists have been allowed into the country to document what’s happening there. The New York Times journalist Tyler Hicks is one. This is the story of how he came to take a photograph of Amal Hussain that drew international attention to the country’s plight.
Thinking BIG PICTURE.
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were the eight international development goals for the year 2015 that had been established following the Millennium Summit of the United Nations in 2000, following the adoption of the United Nations Millennium Declaration.
As of 2013, progress towards the goals was uneven. …
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) replaced the MDGs in 2016.
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