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In OtherWords: October 5, 2016

Congress sets a precedent for war victims to sue the U.S.

Last week, Congress rejected President Obama’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act that will allow victims of the September 11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia for their involvement.

OtherWords cartoonist Khalil Bendib imagines what this law would look like turned on its head, with war victims lined up to sue the U.S. government. And CODEPINK’s Alli McCraken takes JASTA as one sign that our historically cozy relationship with the Saudi regime may finally be on the decline.

Also this week in OtherWords, Jim Hightower castigates Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf for stealing from his low-income customers and then pleading ignorance when he was caught. And Dan Berger implores the next presidential debate moderators to question Trump vigorously on his commitment to democratic and constitutional rule of law.

Finally, Sam Pizzigati finds the link between inactive kids and income inequality. And columnist Jill Richardson commends the University of Michigan for recognizing the importance of respecting preferred pronouns as a matter of more than just “political correctness.”


War Victims Sue, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

  1. Are U.S.-Saudi Relations Finally Souring? / Alli McCracken
    Pressure from human rights organizations like Oxfam to victims of the 9/11 attacks are helping erode the bond between these old political allies, but the results of this election season could squander our chance at change.
  2. Is Trump Committed to Democratic Rule of Law? / Dan Berger
    This year’s presidential debate moderators have an obligation to the public to vigorously question Trump on his understanding of presidential power.
  3. Why Our Kids Are Coming in Last Place / Sam Pizzigati
    New global research links income inequality to the poor fitness of America’s youth.
  4. His Bigoted Majesty / Jill Richardson
    This student’s ridicule of preferred pronouns perfectly illustrates how those who balk at “political correctness” just want to protect their use of harmful language against marginalized groups.
  5. The Stumpf Banking System / Jim Hightower
    Wells Fargo’s CEO was caught stealing from low-income bank customers, and then put the blame on low-level employees.
  6. War Victims Sue / Khalil Bendib
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Domenica Ghanem is the OtherWords coordinator.