On Strike General Motors Corp workers walked out of factories around the country yesterday, after contract negotiations with the automaker collapsed. The union is looking for job guarantees, while the company is pressing for a contract that would narrow the wage gap with Asian competitors. At stake, according to the WSJ, is the long-term survival of the unionized U.S. automakers.
Semantics? In a victory for the government, the newly formed military appeals court ruled yesterday that prosecutors will be allowed to present evidence to gird their claim that an enemy combatant is unlawful, the NYT reports. The distinction between an “unlawful enemy combatant” and an “enemy combatant” is an important one. A glitch in the law required the former designation, but the military panels had not found the detainees to be specifically unlawful. The decision puts the war crime trials back on track.
Parsing Murder The U.S. military in Iraq has devised a rubric for judging whether a killing was sectarian or not, the WaPo reports. In recent months, the indicators have pointed in a favorable direction, but that’s an interpretation that, apparently, shifts depending on who you ask.
Seriously, Did You Just Say That? Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad offended most everybody yesterday during his romp through New York, but in so doing he also seemed to explain his popularity in the developing world: His contempt for the West is matchless, and he’s not afraid to show it. Here’s the Times take on it. Read the WaPo’s stories here and here.