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Monday, June 25, 2001 Volume 66, Issue 148



Human rights battle reaches U.S. shores

On June 6, the Council of Europe's Human Rights panel sent a recommendation to the main council body that unless the United States and Japan repeal thedeath penalty by January 1, 2003, they would lose their "observer" status in the council. Two days earlier, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the death penalty of a mentally retarded man.

Fending off fanatics, fighting hypocrisy

Not a drop of water remained in the canteens, the air was a scorching 115 degrees and the sun, high and bright like a vengeful god, was burning through the flesh of 27 trekkers. In every direction spread out the shadeless terrain of southern Arizona.

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