Oregon in the world news

Last week Oregon was in the international news because of the police crackdown on the Occupy Portland protesters. I thought that was fairly remarkable because the number of times I’ve seen my home state featured in international media is minuscule.

And today — here it is again! This time for a much better reason:

Gov. John Kitzhaber announced today he will not allow the execution of Gary Haugen — or any death row inmate — to take place while he is in office.

The death penalty is morally wrong and unjustly administered, Kitzhaber said.

“In my mind it is a perversion of justice,” he said at an emotional news conference in Salem.

I read this in my Oregonian newsfeed yesterday. Today I received an email from a Spanish friend, saying she’d heard about it on Spain’s national TV news and that it was also in the newspapers. I checked El País and sure enough, it’s front page news in the International section.

So I checked Público, one of Portugal’s largest national papers. It’s there.

Also in the South African news.

Australia.

The United Kingdom.

And probably many others. Congratulations to Governor Kitzhaber, who made a tough and gutsy decision. I hope he knows that it has been received all over the world with applause.

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About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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7 Responses to Oregon in the world news

  1. Lilaine says:

    Here it is on the Amériques section of
    Le Monde, one of the main French newspapers.
    One could wish there were more like him where he belongs 😉

  2. Jbrandao says:

    Good move on his part, and although well received throughout the world, I wonder if he’s getting any flack for it in the US.

  3. Ana_ñ says:

    For me this is a reason to rejoice.

    I would love to see the death penalty abolished in the whole world and the USA joining the cause would be like winning the lottery. With such a “heavyweight” setting example and through its political influence, it would be easier to put an end to abominable practices like stoning adulters, hanging political opponents or executing people indicted for religious crimes.

    I strongly believe that “The death penalty is the ultimate denial of human rights. It is the premeditated and cold-blooded killing of a human being by the state. This cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment is done in the name of justice. “

    Happy thanksgiving!

  4. Michael says:

    There’s also the vow from Senator Ron Wyden to filibuster the PIPA act. While I’m not sure that’s worldwide news, it’s a topic that has been in the news internationally. I don’t feel like that came out right. Must be the Jiboiar setting in.

    • oregon expat says:

      Wyden is a rare star in an otherwise contemptible Congress.

      Also, I can tell I’ve been in Portugal too long. When I read “PIPA,” I thought you meant FIFA…because over here, if it’s not about the economy, it’s about soccer!

      • Michael says:

        I can understand as much. Now that Portland has an MLS team, the town has lit up with Timbers talk.

        They may not be up to European standards, but it’s brings chill nonetheless.

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