Last month, the Supreme Court ruled in the case of Padilla v. Kentucky that non-citizens have a constitutional right to be informed by their lawyers if pleading guilty could lead to deportation. We find out how the decision will impact immigrants facing criminal charges.
The Japanese island of Okinawa hosts some three dozen American military bases. Under a 2006 agreement between the Bush administration and the previous Japanese government, the largest of them is scheduled to close as the US builds a replacement facility on a less populated part of the island. But the Japanese government is wavering on the agreement as Okinawans plan a major anti-US demonstration for next week.
John Feffer is co-director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies, and a former associate editor of World Policy Journal. The author of numerous articles and several books, he has worked as an international affairs representative in Eastern Europe and East Asia for the American Friends Service Committee. More at www.closethebase.org.
Last week’s ambush of a paramilitary police force by Maoist rebels in India marked the latest and largest in a series of incidents which have been escalating over the past year. The Maoist movement has been growing for decades, fueled by anger over threats of land displacement in the name of economic growth. Now the government has launched a massive military campaign known as Operation Green Hunt in an attempt to eradicate the Maoists once and for all.
Bernard D'Mello is deputy editor of the journal Economic & Political Weekly and a member of the Committee for the Protection of Democratic Rights, Mumbai.