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Today's Los Angeles Times made news from LA to Washington to Kabul with pictures of American soldiers posing with the body parts of dead Afghans who apparently blew themselves up. Is such behavior understandable? Is it forgivable? Also, As Spain becomes the latest target of demands for austerity, such measures in Greece, Ireland and Italy appear to have increased suicide rates, sex traffic and HIV. Plus, LA is the archetypical home of the automobile.  Could it be turned into a city of walkers?

Banner image: Photo of the April 18, 2012 edition of the LA Times showing US soldiers and Afghan policemen posing with the remains of a suspected suicide bomber in Afghanistan. (Times building is seen in the background.) Photo by Joe Klamar/AFP/GettyImages

Making News US Troops Pose with Afghan Corpses 22 MIN, 18 SEC

Today's Los Angeles Times made news world wide by publishing photographs of American soldiers posing with the body parts of Afghans who apparently blew themselves up trying to manufacture explosives. The front page shows a soldier from the 82nd Airborne Division with what appears to be the hand of a dead bomb-maker on his shoulder. Is such behavior understandable? Is it forgivable?

David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
Craig Whitlock, Washington Post (@CraigMWhitlock)
Alissa Johannsen Rubin, New York Times (@alissanyt)
Robert Killebrew, Center for a New American Security

Main Topic Will Spain Sink the Euro? 20 MIN, 35 SEC

Just back from Botswana, King Carlos of Spain has apologized for his African hunting trip at a time when Spain has become the latest European economy to be in "full crisis mode." Spain is the latest Eurozone country facing austerity. What have Greece, Italy and Ireland showed about the human cost of such measures?

Giles Tremlett, The Guardian and The Ecomomist (@gilestremlett)
David Stuckler, University of Cambridge (@davidstuckler)
Jacob Kirkegaard, Peterson Institute for International Economics (@PIIE_com)
Matthew Yglesias, Vox (@mattyglesias)

Sick Societies

David Stuckler

Reporter's Notebook Can LA Be Turned into a City of Walkers? 7 MIN, 57 SEC

To call somebody "pedestrian" is condescending, but walking is the means of locomotion that human beings were designed for. Why do Americans walk less than people anywhere else in the world? Because they drive more. Before the obesity epidemic, there was a national movement already get us out of our cars and on to the sidewalk — even here in Los Angeles, the car capital of the world. The City Council might push the Department of Transportation in that direction. Urban designer Deborah Murphy is the founder of Los Angeles Walks and chair of the City of LA's Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

Deborah Murphy, Los Angeles Walks (@LosAngelesWalks)

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