Noam Chomsky, Truthout: In mainstream discourse, it is considered natural that Iran alone should make concessions. There is a different perspective, little heard, though it might be worth at least a mention. It begins by rejecting the American assertion that the accord breaks 10 years of unwillingness on Iran’s part to address this alleged nuclear threat.
Sally Kohn, Yes! Magazine: Facts have been buried in a political era in which partisan ideology overrides reason. Take the case of “austerity politics.” There is now conclusive evidence, both practical and theoretical, of the complete failure of austerity politics.
Dean Baker, Truthout: Pensions are not gifts bestowed by the government on workers; they are part of workers’ pay. But in 21st century America, contracts and the rule of law apparently don’t mean anything, at least not if the people at the other end are ordinary workers.
Gaius Publius, America Blog: Sen. Bernie Sanders recently announced that he’s considering entering the 2016 presidential race if a strong progressive doesn’t. He also mentioned that he likes Elizabeth Warren. He’s not alone.
In today‘s On the News segment: The American Legislative Exchange Council has one heck of an agenda for 2014; Republicans want to rig the next presidential election, and they won’t need to hack voting machines to do it; Massachusetts isn’t rich in fossil fuels, but it is going to great lengths to keep the fracking industry out; and more.
Chris Williams, Truthout: There is a larger issue looming for unemployed workers. Because of Congressional dysfunction, the federally funded Emergency Unemployment Compensation program will lose its funding if Congress doesn’t agree to renew it by the end of this year.
Richard Sale, Truthout: With Bashar al-Assad’s opponents “more and more using repellent methods,” Syria’s insurgency is drifting into the kind of organized criminal enterprise that created insolvable insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Mark Weisbrot, The Guardian: The response of the international media and observer missions to the Honduran election will be relevant: Will they investigate charges of electoral fraud? Or will they simply watch as the National Party government consolidates itself with repression and support from the United States and its allies?
Kevin Mathews, Care2: Someday, your cellphone and internet may suddenly go out, but it will have nothing to do with failing to pay your bills. Unknown to most Americans, the president has the authority to shut down everyone’s internet and phone service in one fell swoop.
David Solnit, Popular Resistance: Government officials and corporate lobbyists met for the ninth World Trade Organization ministerial yesterday, exactly 14 years after the collapse of the global 1%’s “plan A” to use the WTO to further concentrate their power.
The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: The death of a great American city is one of the biggest – if not the biggest – news story of the week. But the mainstream media has yet to tell the real story behind the Motor City’s decline: the destruction of Detroit by America’s bankster-billionaire class.
Laura Flanders, GritTV: John Fullerton, former oil and gas investor, and president and founder of The Capital Institute, talks about the economic impact of leaving fossil fuel reserves in the ground. If we’re serious about saving the planet, he says, energy companies need to agree to take a $20 trillion write-off.
Some powerful forces are eager for talks with Iran to collapse – so the US military will attack Iran.
Chemical and Oil Companies Accused of Using Unsafe Rail Tank Cars
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The Chicago Tribunecharges fossil fuel and chemical companies with knowingly transporting flammable and toxic substances in unsafe railroad tank cars.
Jim Hightower: Billionaires Reap a Cornucopia of Farm Subsidy Cash
ALEC Facing Funding Crisis From Donor Exodus in Wake of Trayvon Martin Row
Snowden and Greenwald: The Men Who Leaked the Secrets and Broke the Story of the Year
Life on Another Planet Would Have a Lot to Teach Us
Detroit Bankruptcy Bankrupts Democracy
George Monbiot | The Lies Behind This Transatlantic Trade Deal
Report: Abrupt Climate Change Tipping Points Could Spell Surprising Disasters for Future