Mike Ludwig, Truthout: While the past year has been a roller coaster ride for immigrant rights activists across the country as they clashed with law enforcement at the border and in reform rallies, polls show that being able to live and work without fear of deportation is more important to most than securing a path to citizenship.
Mark Karlin, Truthout: Nelson Mandela was forever evolving and playing new roles, including shepherd boy, lawyer, nonviolent activist, militant, and prisoner who became a president forging a new path of reconciliation; Danny Schechter describes them all in his new book, about which he is interviewed by Truthout.
Laura Flanders, Yes! Magazine: The people of New York’s poorest borough fought to ensure that redevelopment of its castle-like landmark will benefit those who live there. Will it be a game changer?
Robert Naiman, Truthout: If current negotiations with Iran are blown up by a band of US senators, taxpayers should propose the 1% pay for a war with Iran, to put the consequences in clear financial perspective, says Robert Naiman.
Kristina Chew, Care2: Universities on both sides of the Atlantic have taken steps to curtail, if not to outright ban, students from protesting. But with a new semester starting soon, administrators should be prepared for quite a few more lessons about why freedom of expression is, and will be, protected.
Dean Baker, Truthout: The problem with the young invincible story is that almost every part of it is wrong. It is true that in the exchanges young people will, on average, provide somewhat of a subsidy for older people. However the size of this subsidy is relatively minor.
The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: When Paul Ryan and company talk about slashing government spending, what they’re really saying is that they don’t want government money going to working-class or poor Americans. Instead, they want that money going to all of their billionaire buddies who run America’s giant health insurance corporations.
Aisha Maniar, One Small Window: For many Guantanamo prisoners, including the four who were released in 2013 to Algeria, release does not equate with freedom and can be the beginning of new misadventure, further persecution and incarceration.
In today‘s On the News segment: Senate Democrats have already scheduled a test vote to restore unemployment insurance, but Republicans say they won’t approve an extension without something in return; climate change poses a serious threat to the water supply for a fifth of the world’s population; the state of Utah is standing up to predatory payday lenders; and more.
Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch: Imagine what we call “national security” as, at heart, a proselytizing warrior religion. It has its holy orders. It has its sacred texts (classified). It has its dogma and its warrior priests. It has its sanctified promised land, known as “the homeland.”
Chris Hedges, Truthdig: Any state that has the capacity to monitor all its citizenry, any state that has the ability to snuff out factual public debate through control of information, any state that has the tools to instantly shut down all dissent is totalitarian.
Dana Goldstein, The Nation: New York City’s mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s proposal to fund a full day of free pre-K for every 4-year-old in the city by raising the tax on personal income over $500,000 has captured the public’s imagination.
Darth Vader Voters in Wyoming Lose Candidate as Liz Cheney Quits Senate Run
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Liz Cheney, her father’s alter-ego of war mongering for oil, dropped her primary bid for US Senate from Wyoming against an incumbent conservative. Her run had turned into more of a bickering soap opera than a political campaign.
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