Richard Jackson

Long Reads: Bryan Stevenson, Manus, Hillary Clinton and IS

Hillary Clinton

Rich Jackson fights his own “Clinton rage” as he profiles Among the Hillary Haters, a piece about Hillary Clinton and the rocky 2016 US Presidential Road ahead, as part of this week’s Long Reads.

 

Bryan Stevenson: If it’s not right to rape a rapist, how can it be OK to kill a killer? – Brigid Delaney (The Guardian)

An interview with Bryan Stevenson, a famous US lawyer, who campaigns against the death penalty in America. The article’s title gives some indication of the reasoning behind his opposition, and it touches on his personal engagement with people as they face execution.

“We are more than our worst mistake. If you take something you are not only a thief, if you lie, you are not only a liar, if you kill you are not only a killer,” says Stevenson.

 

Manus in the balance: Life outside the detention centres on Manus Island – Jo Chandler (The Monthly)

It’s difficult not to feel sympathy for the people in Australia’s dentention centres, particularly in light of the recent report, The Forgotten Children, which documents that children in Nauru are, “suffering from extreme levels of physical, emotional, psychological and developmental distress” and that “there were 233 recorded assaults involving children and 33 incidents of reported sexual assault.”

This article though deals with the actual island, Manus. Painting a quaint picture of life outside the detention centre, it describes its history such that it actually seems like a nice place that was fairly unspoilt until just under a hundred years ago.

 

Among the Hillary Haters – Hannah Rosin (The Atlantic)

There’s a whole raft of reasons why I hate Bill and Hillary Clinton and I really didn’t want to mention it, but I just can’t help myself. For me it’s the conversational equivalent of eating Krispy Kreme donuts – it starts with one, you swear it will only be the one. Then boom. You’re like Jason Bourne waking up in a dark room covered in them, memory blank from all the dough and sugar, being like, “What the fuck?”

It seems for definite that Hillary Clinton is going to run for President – the most boring, corporatist shill of a Democrat, who, like her husband, would kick a baby down the road to get into the White House. (I just read Christopher Hitchen’s No one left to lie to, it hasn’t aged well, just like the article mentions with the scandals in their past.) It’s difficult to care about a financial scandal from 25 years ago. But just learning about the execution of mentally disabled Ricky Ray Rector, which Bill Clinton attended in a cynical attempt to look tough on crime, fucking disgusted me.

And I know this is Hillary Clinton, but “The Clintons” are a package deal.

Anyway, this article deals with the professional outfit of a rage machine that will come Hillary Clinton’s way come 2016. You know, “This letter from 1976 shows that Hilary thought the Vietnam War was a mistake, I guess she hates America? Panel, is Hilary a bitch?”

 

EDITOR’S CHOICE from narrative.ly

Inside ISIS: The making of a radical – Louise Stigsgaard Nissen

Scandinavians joining IS? Yup. Nissen profiles a once-Dane, Abu Tareq,who she reached out to via social media, and tells his story, completely convinced he is fighting the just cause. Disturbing stuff.

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  1. Mick said:

    the major problem with Hillary is that she has used her husband Bill’s infidelities and his political aspirations for her own. When once the world felt sorry for her for putting up with a philandering husband, the world now sees her for what she is a money grubby political wannabe you will not be president Hillary

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