William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: This year NORAD is adding fighter jet escorts to its animated tracking of Santa. William Rivers Pitt bemoans the brazen attempt at selling such militaristic propaganda to young children.
Melanie Jae Martin, Truthout: At COP19, REDD+, a global carbon trading scheme, was passed. This jeopardizes the rights and resources of local communities throughout the global south, because of the prevalence of carbon-market-driven land grabs.
Solmon Northup, Penguins Books: Originally published in 1853,Twelve Years a Slave provides a detailed, first-person narrative about the business and culture of enslavement in the South. Solomon Northup’s memoir offers a vivid, horrifying account of the abominable practice.
David Ciplet and Alison Kirsch, Truthout: Subsidies to dirty and wealthy fossil fuel companies represent a paradoxical misalignment of priorities. Action to remove fossil fuel subsidies must be a centerpiece of international and national climate efforts.
Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: Just as the austerity drive isn’t really about fiscal responsibility, the push for “structural reform” isn’t really about growth; in both cases, it’s mainly about dismantling the welfare state.
Brendan Fischer, PR Watch: Internal documents from the American Legislative Exchange Council published by The Guardian offer new evidence about how the group has continually misled reporters, the public and even its own members.
The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: The free speech rights of American citizens are under attack all across America. But if you’re a corporation, you can have all the say you want.
Robert Naiman, Truthout: Given that neocons are agitating for new Congressional sanctions on Iran now in the hopes that this will sink recent diplomatic success, shouldn’t Sen. Elizabeth Warren be speaking out now?
Pratap Chatterjee, TomDispatch: In the past year or so, a trickle of information has come to light, and it opens an astonishing new window into the privatization of US intelligence.
Sarah Anderson, OtherWords: Thanks to a loophole that subsidizes CEO pay, the McDonald’s, Yum, Wendy’s, Burger King, Domino’s and Dunkin’ brands trimmed $64 million from their tax bills in 2011 and 2012.
Creede Newton, Truthout: Richard Falk discusses Israel-Palestine issues, arguing that Palestinian participation in the peace process has few upsides, and scorns political leaders who still act as though hard power was the agency of history.
Julie Dermansky, DeSmogBlog: A federal pipeline safety official admitted that he made a point of ensuring his home wasn’t in the path of any pipelines before buying it and that he wouldn’t advise anyone to build in the path of a pipeline.
Michelle Chen, Jacobin: Just as immigrant rights activists see the border as a violent social barrier, environmentalists see the border fence as an assault on the integrity of regional ecologies.
Mr. President, Economic Injustice Will Not End Without Systemic Economic Change
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: As long as President Obama accepts the myth of “heroic” unfettered capitalism, he won’t solve the problem of surging income inequality and increasingly stagnant social mobility.
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