Noam Chomsky, Zuccotti Park Press: In this excerpt from the just-released expanded edition of the Zuccotti Park Press book Occupy: Class War, Rebellion and Solidarity, Chomsky speaks with Free Speech Radio News about media control, fear, indoctrination and the importance of solidarity.
Laura Flanders, Truthout: Nuclear power expert Harvey Wasserman talk about the ongoing Fukushima catastrophe, the dearth of information there, irradiated tuna and the terrifying prospect of Tokyo Electric Power removing fuel rods from a 100-foot-high cooling pond.
Erika L. Sanchez, Truthout: Stories of abuse by employers from veterans of the Bracero program demonstrate what is wrong with current US immigration “reform” that includes guest worker programs.
Mariya Strauss, The Nation: Under pressure, the Obama administration withdrew rules barring young laborers from dangerous work – a decision with grave consequences for several families.
Mark Weisbrot, The Guardian: It is quite amazing that a treaty like the TPP can still be promoted as a “free trade” agreement when its most economically important provisions are the exact opposite of “free trade” – the expansion of protectionism.
Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: Even if the dollar loses some of its dominance, why should Americans get bent out of shape? There is no evidence that the United States is able to borrow at dramatically lower rates because of the dollar’s role.
Ronnie Cummins, Organic Consumers Association: A majority oftoday‘s organic and local food activists, supported by the powerful natural health movement, are no longer just mobilizing to label or ban GMOs. They are also speaking out against industrial food and farming practices in general.
Todd Miller, TomDispatch: If Congress finally passes a new multibillion-dollar border-policing package, its effects will be felt not only along US borders but also at the edges of its empire.
Rachel Levinson-Waldman, The Brennan Center for Justice: For the first time in one report, the Brennan Center takes a comprehensive look at the multiple ways US intelligence agencies collect, share and store data on average Americans. The report finds that data not related to terrorism can be kept for 75 years or more.
In today‘s On the News segment: Our nation has seen the dangers of coal mining and drilling for natural gas, but few of us have heard of coal gasification; Arizona’s private prisons are telling inmates to pray when they get sick; the Sacramento Superior Court says that California has the right to hold polluters accountable; and more.
John W. Whitehead, The Rutherford Institute: It’s hard to pinpoint what exactly is responsible for the growing spate of police shootings, brutality and overreach that have come to dominate the news. But whether it’s militarized police or a militarized culture, it’s a little like the chicken-and-the-egg debate.
Average Social Security Check Is $1,269, but CEOs With Nest Eggs Worth Tens of Millions Want to Slash the Program
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: As the wealthiest in the United States become richer, they are intensifying their campaign to impose austerity on those with the least economic means, including our elderly. But don’t mention a word about the top 1% cutting back. That’s not politically correct in DC.
Endless Afghanistan? US-Afghan Agreement Would Keep Troops in Place and Funds Flowing, Perhaps Indefinitely
Eugene Robinson | The Cheney Sisters Asunder
The Pentagon’s Doctored Ledgers Conceal Epic Waste
Bernie Sanders Provides History Lesson on Deficits During Budget Meeting
State Policy Network: The Straw That Stirs the Conservative Movement
White House Told of Health Care Web Site Problems in March
European Nations Form “Drone Club” to Compete With US, Israeli Machines