updated 12/5/2005 11:03:22 AM ET 2005-12-05T16:03:22

Americans are marking a milestone in the debate over capital punishment. Last night the 1000th death row inmate was executed since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976--Kenneth Lee Boyd, a man convicted of killing his wife and father-in-law in front of his two children.

And meanwhile, two cases in two different parts of the world are adding fuel to the flames in this ongoing national discussion.

In California, celebrities and death penalty opponents alike are calling for Governor Schwarzenegger to commute the sentence of Stanley "Tookie" Williams.

Tookie, as he is called, was the leader of a gang called the Crips and was convicted of four murders in 1981.

On the web, hundreds are supporting his plea for clemency.

One website, Save Tookie, states that he's been reformed during his years in prison and calls him a "peacemaker."

Tookie has been nominated five times for the Nobel Peace Prize for his books warning kids to stay away from gangs.

But not everyone is behind the Tookie movement.

For example, Captain Edis criticizing the way celebrities and the media lionize one criminal. He writes the "the elevation of Tookie to philosopher sickens me, and it undermines the efforts to convince people of the uselessness of the death penalty."

And now to Singapore, where another high profile defendant has sparked controversy.

In that nation yesterday, an Australian national named Van Nguyen was hanged for drug trafficking. The Australian government, which is opposed to capital punishment, fought the sentencing and threatened a boycott of Singapore.

At the website Stop Hanging, some citizens of Singapore are urging an end to the death penalty in their nation. They say it's inconsistent with global human rights standards.

But at the blog On Global Trends, an Australian blogger says Van knew the laws of Singapore and knew what punishment his crime would bring. He made a very poor choice.

To learn more about the death penalty in America, go to deathpenaltyinfo.org. There I found the results of a 2005 Gallup poll stating that 64 percent of those polled say they support the death penalty. When given the option of life without parole or the death sentence, that number drops to 50 percent.

And from Wikipedia, I learned that there were executions in 25 nations last year. The top five nations on the list were: China with 3400, Iran with 159, Vietnam with 64, the United States at 59, and Saudi Arabia with 33 executions.

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