William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: Seven months ago, Laney Brown was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. Recently, she told her family that her last Christmas wish was to hear carolers at her door. On Friday night, a few people arrived outside her door, and then a few thousand.
L. Michael Hager, Truthout: At least five areas of blatant injustice warrant the urgent attention of people of good will: poverty wages, immigrant detention, harsh sentencing, Guantanamo and Palestinian oppression.
David Swanson, War Is a Crime: Frank Richards remembers how officers of both sides of a war came to an unofficial truce during trench warfare on Christmas.
Amy Fallon, Inter Press Service: It is known as the land of copper to the outside world, but there’s another c-word that does a roaring trade in Zambia, albeit locally – caterpillars.
Colin Jenkins, The Hampton Institute: Recent developments stemming from ”solidarity unionism,” low-wage worker revolts, and a backlash against neoliberal policies have shown that American workers are beginning to ”rise like lions after slumber.”
Shamus Cooke, CounterPunch: The “Geneva II” Syrian peace talks have been discussed for months, but there always seems to be an endlessly complicated barrier. Contrary to what the media and politicians say, stopping the mass carnage is sadly easy.
Camila Ibanez, Waging Nonviolence: Seven years ago on a crisp December morning, 1,300 undocumented people were arrested in the biggest immigration raid in the history of the US. On the day of the Swift raids, more than 300 US-born children came home to find at least one of their parents gone.
Emily Achtenberg, North American Congress on Latin America: With a coordinated oppositional strategy both in the ”halls of power” and in the streets, the anti-coup resistance in Honduras may have an opportunity to curtail the most egregious abuses of economic and political power, and even to advance its own agenda.
Jaisal Noor, The Real News Network: The scales of justice guarantee equal protection under the law – at least that’s how it’s supposed to work. In May 2012, a former prosecutor and public defender set out to test that theory for himself, and what he experienced was very instructive.
Jérôme Skalski, l’Humanité: Some days before the official presentation of the Nobel Prize in Physics to François Englert and to Peter Higgs for the theory of the so-called Higgs boson, Gilles Cohen-Tannoudji, physicist and philosopher, explains what is involved in this discovery and in this human adventure.
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: A new report has exposed a secret CIA program in Colombia that has helped kill at least two dozen rebel leaders. According to The Washington Post, the program relies on key help from the National Security Agency and is funded through a multibillion-dollar black budget.