Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout: Female farmers now make up the fastest-growing sector of the country’s changing agricultural landscape. Many bring overtly political goals to their profession, including sustainability, family- and Earth-friendly labor practices and community development.
Pierre Guerlain, Truthout: Will a Hillary Clinton presidency be “feminist?” Will it be good for women? Or men?
Ann Jones, Truthout: Heroics in wars abroad are praised by politicians and generals, but the returning wounded are largely shunted aside, only infrequently covered by the press or discussed by government officials. Ann Jones sets the record straight with her book, They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America’s Wars – The Untold Story, from which Truthout features an excerpt.
Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service: The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution, initiated by Singapore, to declare November 19 “World Toilet Day,” to address the criminal inequality of sanitation in countries where clean water seems an impossible dream.
Matthew Schofield, McClatchy Newspapers: Recent reports by the highly regarded German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung and German public television station NDR about the depth of American trespasses in this country have been dismissed by the US Embassy as false, in the latest of America’s political debacles since the NSA surveillance scandal.
Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: Truthout interviews economic historian Richard Smith who explains how we need to get beyond capitalism and reconceive our lives so they are satisfied by something other than consumption of goods.
Annabell Van den Berghe, Inter Press Service: Reduced to immense poverty in the refugee camps in Damascus, Amani was forced to sell her 14 year old sister into an arranged marriage for money in an agreement that borders on modern slavery.
Jenny Brown, LaborNotes: Threatening to take their latest project out of Washington, Boeing is manipulating machinist union leaders into agreeing to a contract that strips almost all workers of their rights and benefits.
Jamie Henn, Yes! Magazine: The devastation in the Philippines reminds us of our responsibility to stop profiting from the wreckage caused by companies whose business plan includes destroying the planet.
Dennis Trainor Jr., AcronymTV: Sunsara Taylor is interviewed about her recent trip to Jackson defending the Women’s Health organization from the anti-choice group Operation Save America, described byStopPatriarchy.org as an “extreme, violence inciting, women-hating Christian fascist organization.”
Emily Johnston writes about how cognitive dissonance might be the key to creating dialogue about the future of the planet; education activist Jesse Hagopian documents the struggle of the St. Paul Federation of Teachers as they take a stand against standardized testing; E. Douglas Kihn explains how workers and unions across the nation do have the power to demand a better life from the corporate ruling class; Sunsara Taylor gives the facts on Albuquerque’s latest in the war against women; Mickey Z. highlights the importance of “undoing the latches on the gates that keep our minds imprisoned”; Camillo Mac Bica urges veterans to reject the false myth of the noble war and hold politicians accountable for the violence they endorse for profit; and more.
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