Henry A. Giroux, Truthout: The NSA and other intelligence agencies work hard to create an authoritarian state in which the “electronic self” becomes public property. At the same time, the right to privacy is eagerly given up by millions of people for the wonders of social networking or the varied seductions inspired by consumer fantasies.
Candice Bernd, Truthout: A report by Public Citizen analyzes the Chamber’s 2012 tax forms and finds that despite its claims of representing millions of small businesses and mom-and-pop shops around the nation, the US Chamber of Commerce is swimming in large donations from the top 1%.
Brendan Fischer, PR Watch: Newly-unsealed court documents and media leaks add to a growing body of evidence that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign is at the center of a wide-ranging secret probe into campaign finance violations during the state’s contentious recall elections.
The Daily Take, Truthout: If the average American has to pay $6,000 in taxes, should that money go to oil companies, defense contractors, and the low-wage retail and fast food industries? Or should it go to fund a strong social safety net, including an extension of long-term unemployment benefits?
Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company: This week, Bill Moyers talks with Bill McKibben, an activist who has dedicated his life to saving the planet from environmental collapse, about his hopes that Americans will collectively pressure Obama to stand up to Big Oil.
Ahmed R. Teleb, Truthout: Both the Tahrir Square Revolution and Occupy Wall Street movements manifested a zeitgeist, related to technology and a global information culture, of citizen intelligence and leaderless association.
Robert Naiman, Truthout: Since New York Mayor de Blasio supports Iran diplomacy and agrees with J Street’s position and opposes AIPAC’s position, let’s help him take the first step to recovery – and meet with J Street.
In today‘s On the News segment: Once again, the corporate media virtually ignored a massive protest over the weekend; Florida Republicans don’t want everyone to vote; last week, another child was killed in a fatal gun accident, and it prompted one city to launch its own plan to reduce senseless shootings; and more.
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: In the first expose for their new venture, First Look Media’s digital journal The Intercept, investigative journalists Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald reveal the National Security Agency is using complex analysis of electronic surveillance, rather than human intelligence, as the primary method to locate targets for lethal drone strikes.
Laura Flanders, GRITtv: This week saw AOL’s chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong announce a stingy plan to shrink employee benefits that would have saved his shareholders millions even as the company’s financial reports showed healthy growth and profits. Armstrong blamed it all on rising health care costs.
James Anderson, Truthout: The Illinois Department of Corrections’ response to Truthout’s story last week about hunger strikers at the Menard Correctional Center may represent an opening for resolution of the strike.
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance: If we continue to build the independent, people-powered media, greater numbers of people will build up immunity to the destructive misinformation of corporate media.
Josephine Ferorelli, Occupy.com: Disasters disproportionately affect women, people of color, and the poor, posing both immediate dangers and long-term challenges. Pre-existing problems like gender-based violence, custody conflicts and insecure work or housing are exacerbated, while the resources and organizations that usually offer support become undermined in times of crisis.
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