Troy Davis: An Alienable Right to Life?

Troy Davis. Courtesy of Amnesty.org.uk

The USA tries to project itself as a moral compass for the rest of the world. Its interventions in Libya and Afghanistan were pitched to the American public (and the rest of the world) as necessary because of the atrocities and human rights violations that were being committed by governments that were deaf to protest.

It’s never been one to shy away from hypocrisy either.

Tonight sees another man about to be murdered by the state under dubious circumstances. Georgia, never know for its tolerance, will execute Troy Davis at midnight (GMT time) for the 1989 murder of an off-duty policeman. However, since his conviction, seven out of the nine original witnesses have recanted their statements and one has even implicated another man who allegedly admitted the murder at a party in 2009.

Despite numerous appeals to prove there is reasonable doubt to halt the execution and the actions of human rights groups in America and in Europe the Georgia Parole Board refused to grant clemency.

Regardless of whether or not Troy Davis is actually guilty, can America still really justify this form of punishment?
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Australia’s ‘Stop The Boats’ Campaign Is Rooted In Naive Rhetoric

Children Waiting To Be Let In. © Australian Democrats

The world population is approaching seven billion.  According to UN estimates revised in 2010, by 2050 it will have hit 9.3 billion, by 2100; 10.1 billion.

It would seem that the world is getting fairly crowded.

This will strain the earth’s resources and the disparity between rich and poor will increase as the accessibility of goods like food, water and sanitary living conditions will become even harder for certain parts of the world.

According to experts this will create a huge flood of asylum seekers across the world as wealthier countries have to deal with the burden of foreigners on their strained natural resources.

Australia’s anti-immigration lobby suffered a set back this week with its High Court ruling that the deal to process 800 Malaysian asylum seekers offshore in Malaysia in exchange for receiving over 4000 Malaysian refugees that have already been processed is unlawful.

Of course, this measure was largely symbolic of the anti-immigration campaign as it does little to curb the number of immigrants arriving in Australia but it does highlight the tension in the country over the arrival of ‘boat people’.
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