William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: Of late, reports of poisons massively entering our water supply have been occurring with the same dreary regularity as reports of shootings at schools. It was happening before, but now it is happening all the time. It is entirely unsustainable and must be stopped.
David Bacon, Truthout: Thousands in Mexico demonstrated against education and labor “reforms”, attacks on indigenous rights by multinational mining companies, and privatization of the oil and electricity industries on the 20th anniversary of the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Johanna R. Brown, Truthout: Among many serious efforts to limit the influence of mega-donors and restore the ability of ordinary voters to elect candidates who represent them, a new law that limits the length of public campaigns to five months is the answer.
Pat Elder, Truthout: The Missouri School Improvement Program calls on high schools to administer the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Career Exploration Program to determine whether students are “College and Career Ready.” But the program fails to disclose that schools may withhold results from military recruiters.
Medea Benjamin, OtherWords: After 10 years of this remote-control killing, the Obama administration should seek effective solutions that adhere to international law.
Robert Naiman, Truthout: Wisconsin Republican Tom Petri went to bat in Congress for a Pentagon contractor that he reportedly owns hundreds of thousands of dollars of stock in, causing the value of his investment to rise as much as $200,000. Critics are calling for a probe into the potential conflict of interest.
Mark Karlin, Truthout: Scholar Reza Aslan outlines how Jesus’ crucifixion and his Judaism reflect on who he was and how the Gospels were not meant to be read as a biography. The author of Zealot also says many people misinterpret the phrase “Son of God” as a description instead of a title.
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: A new iPhone app has been released that tracks every reported US drone strike overseas. Madiha Tahir, a filmmaker whose documentary Wounds of Waziristan looks at the drone war, says Apple stalled the app’s approval for political reasons.
David Zlutnick, Truthout: Hundreds of protesters picketed Twitter’s offices because of an exceptionally generous tax break it receives from San Francisco. Meanwhile, municipal workers are being pressured to make concessions about their health care contributions because the city is running at a deficit.
Michael Klare, TomDispatch: The pull of carbon is leading to defeat in the struggle against climate change and is reflected in three recent developments: a declaration of surrender by BP, a major setback in the European Union and a strategic end-run by Canadian tar sands companies.
Richard D. Wolff, Economic Update / Truthout: Updates on polls showing most Americans want less inequality; why Tea Party types fixate on government debt; and why French right-wing and other far-right parties gain support. Major discussion on US businesses recognizing the death of the middle class; and more.