- Newsmaker: Detention of al Qaeda Suspects Challenged in LA
Last night in Los Angeles, a federal judge agreed to consider a petition from civil right advocates demanding that terrorist suspects being held at Guantanamo Naval Base be brought into court and that charges against them be defined. Karl Manheim, constitutional law professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, says that international pressure is building for recognizing the detainees as prisoners of war, protected by international conventions.
- Reporter's Notebook: Prospects of Nonviolence in the Middle East
Dr. Martin Luther King was the principal leader and spokesman for America's civil rights movement in the 1960's who used non-violence to overcome decades of repression and violent reaction. David Shipler, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land, addresses whether Dr. King's strategies could be applied to the Middle East, where violence between Israelis and Palestinians has been the rule for so long.
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In Colombia, will the war on terrorism meet the war on drugs? Last night, after 38 years of armed rebellion, Colombia stepped back from all-out civil war, at least for the moment. But even in times of relative peace, the guerillas, the Army and right-wing death squads kill 3000 people a year. The United States is already spending 2-million dollars a day to get tough on the drug trade. Would a counter-insurgency effort help keep the peace or make matters worse? We look at America's options in one of the world's most violent places.