FROM Janet Reitman
What does the death of a Muslim recruit say about the Marines' hazing culture? Marine Corps recruiters want young people of all races and income levels, especially those on the track for college, many of whom are struggling with debt that the Marines promise to help with. That’s how 20-year-old engineering student Raheel Siddiqui ended up at boot camp on Parris Island in South Carolina. He died less than two weeks into his basic training, officially of suicide.
Guantanamo Goes On The Pentagon today announced that it would transfer 10 detainees out of Guantanamo Bay. The detainees are from Yemen but will be transferred to Oman. Despite campaign promises dating back to 2008, President Obama has been unable to close the prison. But getting to that better way has been a long slog. At the height of the war on terror, Guantanamo held almost 800 prisoners. After today’s news, the number will stand at 93. Madeleine speaks to a journalist who recently visited the prison.
Bradley Manning, Whistle-blower or Traitor? Army private Bradley Manning is now facing court-martial at Ft. Meade, Maryland on charges of aiding the enemy and espionage, among others. In a recent pre-trial hearing, Manning admitted he's the source of the 700,000 military and government documents uploaded to the Wikileaks website three years ago. The documents caused a sensation, and sparked dozens of stories in the press about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and US secret diplomatic activity around the world. Manning's admissions could get him twenty years. The government's charges of aiding the enemy and espionage could get him life without parole. Is he a traitor, as his detractors say or a whistle-blower hero, as his supporters call him? Is the mainstream press even covering his case?
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyoncé take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
Trump says goodbye Paris Accord: What does it mean for U.S. and the planet? President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the landmark international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Trump was to renegotiate a new deal, but will that happen?
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.