Henry A. Giroux, Truthout: When aesthetic and economic criteria displace moral considerations and the search for intense pleasure and profits replaces the search for justice, a police state thrives, says Henry A. Giroux.
Dahr Jamail, TomDispatch: “I am 45 years old, and I often wonder how my generation will survive the impending climate crisis. What will happen to our world if the summer Arctic waters are indeed ice-free only a few years from now? What will my life look like if I live to experience a 3.5 Celsius global temperature increase?”
Lauren Carasik, Susan Scott and Azadeh Shahshahani, Truthout: The authors, all international observers of Honduras’ elections, compare and contrast procedures in this year’s presidential elections in Honduras and Venezuela, as well as the quick embrace by the United States of results of the more problematic of the two.
Neela Banerjee, Los Angeles Times: Water samples collected at Colorado sites where hydraulic fracturing was used to extract natural gas show the presence of chemicals that have been linked to infertility, birth defects and cancer, scientists reported Monday.
Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company: “‘Thou Shalt Not Kill,’ but if you do, hide behind the Second Amendment – made holier and more sacrosanct by the NRA than God’s own commandment.”
Andalusia Knoll, Waging Nonviolence: Many are increasingly worried that when Juan Orlando Hernandez takes office, the country will experience further repression of social movements and the increased pillage of indigenous communities’ land and resources by transnational companies.
The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: Until Republicans actually adopt progressive policies and make them their own – like Dwight D. Eisenhower did in the 1950s – there’s nothing they can do to make themselves look like they’re the party of everyday working people.
Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: By the time open enrollment ends in March, millions of previously uninsured Americans will, in fact, have received coverage under the law, and the reforms will be irreversible.
Samir Goswami, Yes! Magazine: In the wake of the Foxconn suicides, more companies are considering the rights and safety of workers in their supply chains. And some new companies are looking at getting information about working conditions from the best source – directly from the workers.
In today‘s On the News segment: On Monday, a Bush-appointed federal judge ruled the NSA likely is violating our Fourth Amendment rights; the House passed a budget, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be another economic showdown; the rotunda in the Wisconsin Capitol is getting a little crowded; and more.
Raul Gardea, Next New Deal: Relying solely on improving testing scores demeans the teaching profession and puts the students who need the most attention and wraparound services at a disadvantage.
The BuzzFlash commentary for Truthout will return soon.
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