So many of these articles are unhappy so I’m adding this joyful green forest image as a counterbalance (in case anyone wonders how the picture relates to the news!:-)
Sonali Kolhatkar, Truthout: While the US and Afghan governments fail to reach a deal on the future of foreign troops in Afghanistan, no one expects anything but continuing US occupation of the impoverished country, along with its toll of civilian deaths and vanishing rights for women.
Amy B. Dean, Truthout: The US Supreme Court’s decision to pass on a review of UNITE HERE Local 355 v. Mulhall leaves the neutrality agreement – one of the few effective tactics unions have for organizing traditional workplaces – intact for now in 47 states.
Ruth Rosen, openDemocracy: The US Congress is fighting over how much to cut food assistance to needy families. Everyone knows that women and their children are the poorest people in America, but strangely, the faces of women have disappeared from the debate and have been absorbed into abstract “needy families.”
Mariame Kaba, Prison Culture: The engine of the prison industrial complex unfortunately kept on chugging in 2013. The author highlights some of the key developments within the US prison industrial complex during this year.
Isaiah J. Poole, OtherWords: “My solar panels are the envy of my block and I wish more of my neighbors will be able to make the same choice I did. But they won’t if fossil fuel dinosaurs like the Koch brothers and right-wing organizations like the American Legislative Exchange Council keep casting their dark clouds on efforts to build a clean energy future.”
David Krieger, Truthout: The Air Force’s December 17 ICBM launch was supposed to provide “data to ensure a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent.” But no one can assure that nuclear deterrence will be safe, secure or effective.
Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: Confusion can arise from the way economists use words. Fairly often, a term that is pretty deeply embedded in the professional discourse either sounds strange to outsiders or can be misinterpreted.
Jim Hightower, OtherWords: Why would a group wanting you to believe that it has genuine Democratic genes be an advocate for further enriching Wall Street’s Republican elite at the expense of America’s middle class and the poor?
Brad Friedman, The Brad Blog: A “huge security hole” was found to have been used earlier this year to reroute “vast amounts” of US internet data all the way out to Belarus and Iceland, where it was intercepted in a classic “man-in-the-middle” fashion, before being sent on to its intended receiver.
Ahmed R. Teleb, Fila Sophia: Group wisdom flourishes under certain conditions, diversity of thought and independence of judgment, virtually impossible under our current plurality voting and single-seat, winner-takes-all (often gerrymandered) Congressional districts.
Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, Democracy Now!: A White House-appointed task force has proposed a series of curbs on key National Security Agency surveillance operations exposed by Edward Snowden. On Thursday, the panel recommended the NSA halt its bulk collection of billions of US phone call records.
Pope Francis Has Antonin “Opus Dei” Scalia’s Undies in a Bunch
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Whether Pope Francis will bring fundamental change to the ossified male Catholic Church hierarchy remains to be seen. However, he has used his unique pulpit to verbally take on capitalism and economic injustice. This is not good news for Antonin Scalia.
Eugene Robinson | Ending the 9/11 Panic Mentality at the NSA Once and For All
Release the Torture Reports
The Nine Worst Things Said About Women, Abortion, and Rape in 2013
Charles P. Pierce | The Tyranny of the Brand
Barack Obama Is Not George W. Bush
Rebel Smell: In the Deep South, Dirty Energy and Disenfranchisement Go Hand in Hand
GOP’s New Filibuster Strategy: A Giant Temper Tantrum