Noam Chomsky, Truthout: Recently the BBC reported on the results of the WIN/Gallup International poll on the question: “Which country do you think is the greatest threat to peace in the world today?” The United States was the champion by a substantial margin, winning three times the votes of second-place Pakistan.
Anna Simonton, Truthout: Stand Your Ground laws and the national foreclosure crisis have sparked intense debate and nationwide grass-roots mobilization in the past few years. Thus far, the two issues have not overlapped, but that’s about to change.
Paul Buhle, Truthout: Reza Aslan’s Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth looks at issues of class and colonialism, oppression and rebellion in first-century Judea in a way that resonates for 21st-century readers.
David Gespass, Truthout: The joint emphasis on owners of capitalist enterprises as the source of jobs reflects both political parties’ dependence on contributions from rich donors and turns the relationship of employees and employers on its head.
Dennis Trainor Jr., Popular Resistance: Given that NAFTA has contributed to a world that is a negative image of what was sold to us, it is no surprise that the global elite and the Obama administration have been negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership in secret.
The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: Big government is working! Today, CVS Caremark, the second-largest drugstore chain in the country, announced that it will stop selling all tobacco products – cigarettes and chewing tobacco – by October 1.
Caroline Selle, DeSmogBlog: The entire LNG export process, the coalition says, would release more greenhouse gases than Maryland’s seven coal-fired power plants combined, and local government officials have not been receptive to homeowners’ concerns.
In today‘s On the News segment: The mortgage industry is still breaking the law; we’ve already had two rivers destroyed by the fossil fuel industry; the state of Washington thinks that everyone should have the right to a vacation; and more.
Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: Allies of British Prime Minister David Cameron’s government are now taunting French President François Hollande for having run the French economy “into the sand,” according to The Financial Times – presumably in contrast with Britain’s triumph.
James Trimarco, Yes! Magazine: Opponents say the TPP would roll back the gains of almost every people’s movement, especially those concerned with labor and the environment. As many frequently point out, the deal isn’t just about trade.
T. Colin Campbell and Jacob Gould Schurman, Independent Science News: Few issues have become so intensely debated and politically charged as the need to reform the health care system. This has resulted in the Affordable Care Act, which aims to expand and improve health care and reduce health care costs.
Staff, Peaceful Uprising: We at Peaceful Uprising threw our support behind the Clean Air, No Excuses rally, because air quality in the Salt Lake valley is the worst in the nation – and has at times this year surpassed pollution in Beijing.
A State Department report has just declared that the environmental impact of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would be acceptable. This clears a path for Secretary of State John Kerry to give his approval to the pipeline.
Elizabeth Warren: End Usurious Payday Loan Exploitation by Making Post Offices Mini-Banks
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Once again, Elizabeth Warren makes an innovative win-win proposal. Both working poor consumers and the Postal Service would benefit from her idea.
An Enlightened US Drug Policy Would Reduce Heroin Deaths
House GOP Abandons Plans to Tie Debt Ceiling to Obamacare, Keystone
Making Iowa Into a War Zone: National Guard Poised To Attack From Des Moines Airport
First Congressman to Battle NSA Is Dead; No One Noticed, No One Cares
UN: Vatican “Must Immediately Remove” Child Abusers
Farm Bill Promotes Hemp as Legal Crop; Obama Expected to Sign
Koch Brothers Left a Confidential Document at Their Last Donor Conference – Read It Here