It's sad to see people go through situations like the Trayvon Martin case. As the information about what happened seems to flow out at a drip with something new every day, one can only imagine what Trayvon Martin's parents are going through. Whatever the case, what's happening seems of little consolation for his parents. Whether it's racism or not isn't fully known, whether pictures were taken of George Zimmerman's face that has no appearance of a broken nose from monitors in the police station, whether a medical report from the crime scene confirms the injuries Zimmerman complains of or whether Zimmerman was just a fearful wannabe spotting an easy target, we don't know. But we know Martin's parents' hearts have not been helped by most media reports. Instead, it seems each piece of information could not have been crafted better to feel like sandpaper to their already open sores - not that they have been purposely crafted of course.
The great austerity war: what caused the US deficit crisis and who should pay to fix it?
The right-wing coalition has been so successful over recent decades that the long-run challenges facing the country today are daunting. The US economy no longer serves the needs of the majority of Americans and the global neoliberal capitalist system within which it is embedded is in crisis. A second global financial disaster is not unlikely in the intermediate future. We need radical changes in both our economic and political systems.