John de Graaf, Truthout: The FCC is to decide whether to allow cell phone conversations on planes. Is that a good thing? John de Graaf doesn’t think so.
C.J. Polychroniou and Anastasia Giamali, Truthout: Noam Chomsky discusses Greece, one- and two-state solutions for Israel, “really existing capitalism,” debt, the social contract and more.
Mark Karlin, Truthout: The popular movie and 1853 book, Twelve Years a Slave, about a free man’s devastating experience is a timely reminder of the legacy of slavery and the lingering pressure of white male privilege that still perpetuates equality today.
James Rosen, McClatchy Newspapers: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel told Afghan Defense Minister Bismullah Khan Mohammadi that continued delay in signing the accord would create difficulties for Afghanistan, the United States and its NATO allies.
Samuel Oakford, Inter Press Service: An internal United Nations draft document leaked last weekend has offered outsiders a rare look at longstanding disagreements between member states over the course of UN drug policy.
John LaForge, CounterPunch: The US government continues to claim that the US military is the best in the world despite glaring reports of sexual misconduct and excessive violence.
Brad Wong, Equal Voice: Grassroots organizations in Chicago are fighting to redistribute tax surplus funds from the city to improve conditions that are driving low income residents out of the city.
Richard Eskow, Campaign for America’s Future: The life of Nelson Mandela was a complicated political journey that spanned decades and helped shape our idea of freedom and democracy. How his legacy will be remembered matters less than the work we do to continue it.
The Drug Policy Alliance exposes how Federal prosecutors routinely threaten extraordinarily severe prison sentences to coerce drug defendants into waiving their right to trial; Darius Shahtahmasebi examines rape culture in New Zealand; Uruguay might be next in line to legalize marijuana; The Social Work Degree Guide has created an amazing infographic about the war on the homeless; Lamont Lilly writes about another violent encounter with the Durham Police Department; Bryna Cofrin-Shaw describes how the “Spirit of Compromise” is not enough to address climate change; Harrison Samphir discusses the future of climate change studies after the Warsaw conference; and more.
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