Adam Hudson, Truthout: From October 22 to 25, 2013, pretrial hearings for the five men accused of plotting the 9/11 terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people took place but made little progress as the issue of torture – and the protective order preventing its discussion – dominated the hearings.
Niall McLaren, Truthout: The idea that workers have to be beaten down at every turn just doesn’t add up, as the industrial experience Down Under shows us every day of the year.
Alexandra McAnarney, Truthout: While many Latin American countries tell the stories of the victims of human rights violations perpetrated during the military regimes and dictatorships of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s through public trials and increased access to historical archives, in El Salvador, repression of alternative narratives intensifies.
Eugene Robinson, Washington Post Writers Group: In a stunning new treatise on the Catholic Church and its role in society, Pope Francis addresses the widening gap of inequality that capitalism is creating around the globe and charges Christians to be accountable for their own worship of the false idol better known as money.
Adil E. Shamoo, Foreign Policy in Focus: Palestinians should not lend their name to a charade of endless negotiations; Shamoo instead demands that they “let negotiations go, and find other means of achieving Palestinian rights and statehood.”
Frances Moore Lappe, Yes! Magazine: Over the past few decades, the slow food movement has flourished into an endless garden of possibilities. Now, food that is good for our bodies and the planet might also be the key to addressing climate change.
Richard Kirsch, Next New Deal: By rejecting a contract that amounted to corporate extortion, the Machinists Local 751 at Boeing have taken a stand for middle-class workers all over the country.
Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Newspapers: Economists worry about the flagging household-formation rate as graduates, unable to find full-time work, continue to live with their parents for extended periods of time.
Dennis J. Bernstein, Consortium News: It has been discovered that a Sonoma County Deputy Sheriff, who shot and killed a popular Latino eighth-grader who was holding a toy gun, has a history of overreaction that dates back years as the incident has sparked a series of interviews with neighbors and community members who have all had negative interactions with the officer.
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