Adam Hudson, Truthout: While the president professes his wish to close Guantanamo, rendition, indefinite detention and black sites continue to operate while prisoners’ plights are overshadowed by events like the government shutdown.
Renee Schoof, McClatchy Newspapers: As President Barack Obama signals he will do something on his own to make good on his broken promise that Americans could keep their insurance plans if they liked them, members of both parties in Congress are proposing to do it by law.
By Jon Letman, Truthout: The author of the new memoir The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay: An American Family in Iran talks about his book, claiming that while Iran is still “shrouded in darkness” to the West, “Iranians are prepared to turn the lights back on at a moment’s notice.”
Paul R. Pillar, Consortium News: The term “scandal” used to mean something, a serious abuse of power or some truly outrageous conduct – Watergate, Iran-Contra, lying a nation into war – but the word has grown almost meaningless, just one more partisan insult.
On today‘s On the News segment: Millions of insurance policies are being canceled across the nation and while blame shifts from Insurance companies to Obamacare, Americans still suffer; We have more prisons than schools in the US; For the second time in two decades, conservation groups have stopped uranium mining in the Grand Canyon; and More.
Christine Ahn, Foreign Policy in Focus: South Korea may be better known for its high-tech exports, but its small farmers are leading the way when it comes to food sovereignty and community agriculture.
Jason Flores Williams, Truthout: “The story of this life, this country, this world is a history of falsity masquerading as knowledge. We are muted explosions of failed and rejected prayers. Five thousand years of culture – a hungry child screaming on the kitchen floor banging pots and pans. Bam. Bam. Bam,” writes Williams about the current state of our failing society.
David Palumbo-Liu, Truthout: Taking a look that the films, The Butler andFruitvale Station Palumbo-Liu asks: “Can we really ‘feel’ history, particularly the history of racial violence, anymore?”
Marcela Valente, Inter Press Service: While non-heterosexual orientation is punishable by death in some parts of the world, many South American countries and others are respecting the right to choose one’s gender identity from early childhood, giving rise to a new field of challenges.
Staff, Making Contact National Radio Project: Americans eat out more than any other people, but the workers who put food on our restaurant tables are struggling to feed themselves and their families. Saru Jayaraman, co-director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United and author of Behind the Kitchen Door makes the case for bringing justice to restaurants and how ordinary diners can help.
The Buzzflash commentary for Truthout will return soon.
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