The growing accountability movement got a major shot in the arm recently when it learned that on April 19, an Argentinian judge sentenced the last of Argentina’s dictators, Reynaldo Bignone, age 83, to 25 years in prison. Bignone’s crime: kidnapping and torturing 56 victims in a concentration camp during the reign of terror known as the “dirty war” that gripped Argentina from 1976-1983. This is huge, surpassing the arrest of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet in his hospital bed back in 1998. (Pinochet died before justice could be done). The conviction of a former head of state for crimes he committed while in office sends a powerful message to all those suspected war criminals still on the loose, including some of the top leaders of the Bush administration.Read More..
With Town Meeting only days away, at least 38 towns will be discussing whether the Legislature should approve the continued operation of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, which is trying to get re-licensed in 2012. Three issues will predominate: the cost of people’s utility bills, finding alternative energy sources, and the impact of its continued […]Read More..