- Newsmaker: USF-s Dramatic Move to Fire Palestinian Professor
Florida-s Governor, the President-s brother, is supporting the efforts of state-run South Florida University to fire a Palestinian professor of computer science. Governor Jeb Bush claims that Sami Al-Arian -has ties to people who want to undermine the United States of America.- Michael Fechter of the Tampa Tribune has more on the ongoing accusations and actions.
- Reporter-s Notebook: Catholic Outrage over Mexican Movie
In Mexico, the Conference of Bishops has condemned a new film as -an insult to the religious beliefs of Catholics.- The film which has political overtones for a devoutly Catholic President Vicente Fox, whose election ended 70 years of rigidly secular government, is already enjoying huge box office success. Freelance journalist-film critic Leonardo Garcia Tsao looks at the content and criticism of The Crime of Father Amaro.
Saving the Earth: The Second Earth Summit
Ten years after the first Earth Summit in Rio, 60 heads of state and more than 40,000 delegates are gathering in Johannesburg. Though the air, oceans and water supply haven-t changed much, the second summit will focus on -sustainable development.- Working through governments and non-governmental agencies, its leaders hope to secure credible commitments from environmentalists and industrialists to develop economies and ecosystems that allow both to prosper. We get a preview of the challenge ahead from the head of the Summit, technology, public policy and environmental science experts.