Maura Stephens, Truthout: People flock to Walmart for perceived bargains and convenience. Here are some facts that might keep them from adding their hard-earned cash to the profits of a company that’s squashing lives and worker rights worldwide.
Douglas Jamiel, Truthout: The purposeful, ideologically driven assault on democratic government orchestrated by ALEC and forces in Michigan’s Statehouse has starved already-ailing Detroit of revenues. Through the emergency financial manager, they will continue to redistribute public assets to corporate pockets.
Joseph Natoli, Truthout: The closer your political platform gets to allowing everyone to do as they want and at the same time pointing out and berating what’s interfering with this, the better your chances are to get elected to national office in the United States.
Salvatore Aversa, Occupy Democrats: Vermont’s single-payer program will be fully operational by 2017, and will be funded through Medicare, Medicaid, federal money for the ACA given to Vermont and a slight increase in taxes.
Francis Njubi Nesbitt, Foreign Policy in Focus: How Nelson Mandela and ordinary citizens from all over the world strong-armed corporations, changed US foreign policy and ended apartheid in South Africa.
Dave Johnson, Campaign for America’s Future: Don’t cut social welfare programs for the people who need them – cut those people’s need for the programs by raising the minimum wage, argues Dave Johnson.
Staff, Socialist Worker: A proposed deal between the US and Afghanistan to “end” the war is occupation by another name: a continuing US military presence in the region to carry out the agenda of the American empire around the globe.
David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers: This is a largely do-nothing Congress, so most of its tasks might go undone in these last days of the 2013 legislative session.
Mikey Weinstein, AlterNet: We are seeing a cowardly swarm of smarmy, fundamentalist Christian organizations whining and screaming that it is now they who are the “real” victims of “Obama’s anti-Christian Defense Department.”
Staff, National Radio Project: Years of campaigning for basic human rights for people caught up in America’s criminal justice system may finally be paying off. 2013 saw significant changes from sentencing reform, to drug policy, to how people are treated behind bars.
In today‘s On the News segment: The Colorado Oil and Gas Association has filed a lawsuit in two cities claiming that voters violated a state law by banning fracking; workers and activists delivered a petition to the Massachusetts State House to put paid sick time before voters on the 2014 ballot; leaders around the world spoke of their admiration for Nelson Mandela’s life-long work as a political activist; and more.