This is the speech that got Ted Cruz booed offstage at the RNC when he covertly didn’t endorse Trump by giving a speech about “unity” and “love.” Boos echoed out inside the arena as well as in an outside plaza, where dozens more Republicans were gathered to watch the speeches via livestream.
JEFFREY BROWN: Let’s just get right to it. Why would a limited strike against Syria be a mistake?
REP. ALAN GRAYSON, D-Fla.: Several reasons.
First, it’s not our responsibility. It’s not our responsibility to act unilaterally. Secondly, it’s not going to do any good. It’s not going to change the regime. It’s not going to end the civil war. It’s not even going prevent a new strike and use of chemical warfare.
Third, it’s expensive, and, fourth, it’s dangerous. It could easily spin out of control.
JEFFREY BROWN: A key argument from the president of course has been that chemical weapons are simply different, the use of them must be punished, it must be stopped, or what kind of message do you send to the Syrian government and to other governments, including Iran?
ALAN GRAYSON: As one of my colleagues said, if you want to send a message, use Hallmark, not missiles.
Rev. Clementa Pinckney, a senior pastor and South Carolina state senator, was one of the nine people to die in Wednesday night’s shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston.
In the PBS 2012 documentary “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.,“ Pinckney was asked why black political participation mattered. Here’s what he said:
“We don’t have the privilege to say our vote doesn’t count, because history tells us differently.”
"Even the fast food place that hired him after he dropped out...won't hire anyone these days without a GED or high school diploma."
26 years ago, Kenny Buchanan dropped out of the 9th grade at the age of 18. He had already flunked twice. Today, he has his first steady job in years. NPR profiled Kenny this summer, and recently caught up with him again to see how things are going.
Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi survived a NATO airstrike in Tripoli late Saturday night that killed his youngest son and three of the colonel’s grandchildren, a Libyan government spokesman announced early Sunday. via The New York Times
Learn more about the Qaddafi family in a PBS NewsHour guide.
I think contemporary fiction is very closely related to improvisational jazz. The jazz musician has a tradition, has a talent, has some concerns. It’s in conversation. But he or she doesn’t know what the song is going to be. It appears before them.
Sudanese cartoonist Khalid Albaih was lauded as “an artist of the revolution” during the Arab Spring, and now he’s pointing his pencil at other world events.
Albaih’s work is on display in an exhibit called “It’s Not Funny” at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, until July 30. Art Beat interviewed him at Sankofa Video Books & Cafe in Washington, D.C., in May.
What do you believe is your role as a political cartoonist?
“It’s about education first. I want to tell people what’s going on. I read a lot and then hope to let people know what I think about what’s going on. The second thing is creating dialogue, asking questions. […]
The great thing about social media is people talk to each other. People from different parties talk to one another. A person from the Muslim brotherhood will engage with a communist, and down the thread they become friends. They talk to each other. This is what we need in the region, people to talk to each other rather than to talk with guns.”
Is there any amount of self-censorship before you deliver your message?
“I don’t think there is anything that is strictly off limits. I think you can talk about anything you want to talk about, but it depends how you talk about it.”
In the Philippines, a growing population of people has led to a sharp decline in fish, a vital part of the diet. To address the problem, one organization is making birth control more readily accessible to those wishing to keep their families small
Video touches specifically on the issues of over-population in rural village and the impact on the local fishing industry.
Resident Jason Bostero explains why he and his wife Crisna chose to have only two children: “I am a farmer and fisherman. My income is just right to feed us three times a day. It’s really, really different when you have a small family.”
I ask you, what’s the difference between killing somebody with shrapnel or bullets vs. killing them with chemical weapons? I don’t see any meaningful difference. If we’re so concerned about the fact that people have been killed, we should have intervened a long time ago in Syria. And, of course, we didn’t because we don’t want to get in the middle of this situation because we have no way to fix it. … And the idea that chemical weapons have suddenly changed the nature of the game and therefore we should get involved now, I think, is a specious argument.