Katherine Hughes, Truthout: The US government continues its persecution of Rafil Dhafir, most recently by placing him in the special housing unit in the midst of his last chance at a legal remedy, a 2255 habeas corpus motion.
Paul Street, Paradigm Publishers: In this excerpt from his new book, They Rule: The 1% v. Democracy, Paul Street describes how John Carpenter prefigured our present moment when all conspires to make resistance seem futile and alternatives, non-existent.
Lorenzo Del Savio and Matteo Mameli, Truthout: Machiavelli thought that curbing the appetites of the super-rich and super-powerful was essential for promoting and protecting everyone’s freedom and happiness. He was right. And what was true at his time is still true today.
Richard D. Wolff, MRZine: Global capitalism’s extreme and deepening inequalities have provoked millions to question and challenge capitalism. Yet socialists of all sorts now find it more difficult than ever to make effective criticisms and offer alternatives that inspire.
Marge Baker, OtherWords: Thanks to decisions made by the Supreme Court in recent years and the resulting avalanche of money in politics, the ability for everyday Americans to have our concerns heard and addressed by our elected officials is dwindling.
Helena Norberg-Hodge, Catalysta: For young people entering the workforce, one of the most powerful steps to take is to join the emerging localization movement. There is no better way to ensure secure and meaningful livelihoods than by replacing the globalization juggernaut with human-scale systems.
John Steppling, John Steppling’s Blog: As the media reflexively commemorated 9/11, the average American cannot begin to imagine what life is like for the average Iraqi. Imagine if instead of 3,000 people dead, there were several million dead.
Susan McDade, Inter Press Service: World leaders gathered at the Climate Change Summit during the United Nations General Assembly September 23 will have a crucial opportunity to mobilize political will, advance solutions to climate change and address its closely connected challenges of increasing access to sustainable energy.
Nicholas Smaligo and James Anderson, Midwest Campus Crisis: Just a few decades ago, accumulating debt in and as a result of attending college was virtually unheard of.
Robin Marty, Care2: By refusing to expand Medicaid, as so many other states across the country have done, Tennessee is being forced to make cuts that are affecting those with illnesses or disabilities who previously had been living independently in their own homes, forcing them into assisted living situations instead.
The BuzzFlash commentary for Truthout will return soon.
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