In Journalism School, we’re repeatedly told to avoid hyperboles such as “devastating,” “penultimate,” etc…
Ever since the U.S. put Saddam Hussein on trial in Iraq, the keyword has been chaos. So today’s Reuters headline comes as no surprise:
BAGHDAD, Iraq-‘s trial quickly collapsed into chaos after resuming Sunday with one defendant dragged out of court and the defense team walking out in protest. The former Iraqi leader was then ejected after shouting “down with traitors” and “down with America.”
AFP: Trial chaos as Saddam walks out, half-brother ejected
Several interesting stories being filed today.
AFP: U.S. General John Abizaid states that forces have been cut by up to 20 percent in teh past couple months.
AP: The four members of the Christian Peacemaker Team, who have been kidnapped in IRaq for for over two months, appeared once again on Al-Jazeera, pleaing for their release. The group said it was their “last chance” for freedom from their captors, from the previously unknown Swords of Righteousness Brigade.
Reuters: A Sunni academic who condemned the presence of U.S. troops in Iraq and was often a commentator on both Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya television was killed today.
Serious action is finally being taken today to push for a filibuster blocking the nomination of Samuel Alito. A filibuster would require 41 votes from senate and there are 44 democrats. Grab a hold of the activism protruding from the left blogosphere here, here, here, and here.