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Reasoning, Rebel Music, and Raging Fyah: The Interview

Story and photos by Stephen Cooper Los Angeles CA— Rarely in the annals of music history has a reggae band resonated with such resounding popularity worldwide as Raging ...

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Civilized, Constitution-Loving Californians Will Continue Capital Punishment Fight

By Stephen Cooper The biggest lie about Proposition (“Prop”) 66, California’s poorly drafted new death penalty law – only missing another “6” in numbering to be properly identified ...

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How John Steinbeck’s In Dubious Battle Helps Us Navigate Social Discord

By Stephen Cooper Rarely since the Great Depression has our country been as polarized and angry as it is today. On television, in newspapers, on social media, around ...

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A life without parole sentence – not the death penalty – for Hitler

By Stephen Cooper In a blood-thirsty column clamoring for faster executions in the United States, John Steele Gordon, a writer specializing in financial and business history, asserts: “Had ...

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Op-Ed: Nothing is fair about Alabama’s “Fair Justice Act”

By Stephen Cooper Tied for seventh among states with the most exonerated defendants according to a February report by the National Registry of Exonerations, Alabama’s unsatisfied; it’d like ...

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Ghoulishness Envelops Arkansas’ Mass Execution Schedule

By Stephen Cooper Ghoulishness envelops Arkansas’ decision to pump deadly drugs into eight men over the next fortnight. Although two of the eight scheduled executions have definitively been ...

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Twenty Minutes with Reggae Legend Don Carlos

By Stephen Cooper With his signature sweet voice and a successful career spanning over four decades, Don Carlos is unquestionably a legendary figure in reggae music. The worldwide ...

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John Steinbeck’s To a God Unknown: How to Be a Writer In the Age of Donald Trump

By Stephen Cooper It’s easy to read John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, winner of the 1940 Pulitzer Prize, and as Stephen King describes in his best-selling book On Writing, ...

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John Steinbeck’s Road Map For Resisting Donald Trump

By Stephen Cooper A recent blog post of the National Book Critics Circle asked members “at this time of cultural shift” in the dawning era of Donald Trump ...

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Is Reading Steinbeck an Antidote to Donald Trump?

By Stephen Cooper A rotten egg incubated by reality television and hatched by retrograde thinking about women and the world, the presidency of Donald Trump is creating anxiety, ...

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Truth or Twitter? Why Donald Trump Is No John Steinbeck

By Stephen Cooper Donald Trump bragged, via tweet, that he’s the Ernest Hemingway of Twitter. Unfortunately for us, the new president possesses neither the courage nor the self-control ...

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Benny King and the Criminalization of Addiction in America

By Stephen Cooper Benny King is a gregarious, good-hearted, God-fearing 53-year-old black man from Alabama who shouldn’t be in prison. But he is. Mr. King is serving 14-months ...

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Off Limits: Of Mice and Men and the Death Penalty Today

By Stephen Cooper Seventy years after its publication John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men continues to stimulate debate, pro and con, about the death penalty. But justifying capital ...

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The Joy of Public Defense

By Stephen Cooper When a zealous public defender acting as the effective lawyer guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment was handcuffed in a Las Vegas courtroom in May for ...

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A man, a midlife crisis and a skateboard

By Stephen Cooper Have you ever — to the shock and horror of everyone you know — turned your back on a job you’ve been at for many ...

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