World/National Headlines, June 2 2009


World/National Headlines

Sri Lanka journalist beaten Poddala Jayantha, a journalist whose campaigns for press freedom have led him to be consideredd an opponent of the government, was abducted and badly beaten by unidentified attackers, reports BBC.

Two more journalists remain jailed in North Korea, with trials scheduled for Thursday. U.S. journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee “vanished March 17 while on a trip near the Chinese-North Korean border,” reports the Strib.

FMLN president in El Salvador Mauricio Funes, a leftist former TV journalist, was sworn in as president of El Salvador, reports BBC. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was a guest at the ceremony. Hours later, President Funes signed a declaration regularizing relations with Cuba, after a 50-year break. The FMLN fought in a civil war that cost 70,000 lives and ended in 1992 with a UN-mediated peace accord.

Rightwing extremism In the wake of the assassination of Dr. George Tiller, and the contiuing denunciations of Tiller by anti-abortion leaders, the Daily Kos reprints that controversial paragraph on rightwing extremism from the Department of Homeland Security report:

Rightwing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movements, and adherents that are primarily hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups), and those that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely. It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration.

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