Victoria Law, Truthout: Imagine your grandparents and great-grandparents in shackles or dying behind bars. By 2030, the prison population age 55 and over is predicted to be 4,400 percent more than what it was in 1981. Some state and federal prison systems look at alternatives.
Michael Z. Youhana, Truthout: After decades of war, Iraq is a divided and shattered country that seems as far away from peace as ever. Neither the Iraq War nor US involvement in it has ever really ended.
C.J. Polychroniou, Truthout: Contrary to the official story, Greece’s economy is not recovering, and the continuation of the Troika’s neoliberal austerity medicine assures the country a bleak economic and social future.
Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: Richard Smith says no amount of recycling, buying environmentally friendly goods or market-based carbon reduction schemes can change corporate capitalism’s rapacious depletion of natural resources in the production of consumable goods.
Graham Peebles, Redress Online: The disparity between the wealthy minority and the billions living in suffocating poverty is greater than it has ever been.
Isaiah J. Poole, Campaign for America’s Future: The same Republicans who complained that people should be getting jobs instead of unemployment checks also boxed Congress into passing a budget that will essentially guarantee that the long-term unemployed will continue struggling to find work.
Daniela Pastrana, Inter Press Service: Michoacán is one of Mexico’s most lawless states, and decades ago the population learned to live with – and in many cases, live off – the drug trade.
Julie Hollar, FAIR Blog: Over the past decade, it has gotten much more difficult for women in the US to access safe and legal abortion services. How have national media kept up with this dramatically changing landscape? Not so well.
Rowan Wolf, Cyrano’s Journal Today: The goal in the pushback against unions has been to create a borderless world for goods and finance while building fences with razor wire to keep workers in place.
Gail Pellett, Moyers & Company: Coming to terms with what really happened during the Cultural Revolution is still controversial because ultimately it leads to questioning the culpability of not only Mao but the Communist Party.
Kevin Mathews, Care2: What’s the matter with North Carolina? Just a couple of weeks into 2014, the state has already taken some drastic, anti-progressive steps designed to harm its least fortunate citizens.
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