William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: Keystone XL, fracking, coal-oriented water disasters, serial poison spills, oil train derailments and the practice of allowing the fossil fuels industry to write its own regulations – it all adds up to a suicide pact that William Rivers Pitt did not sign up for.
Nima Shirazi and Tyler Cullis, Truthout: February marks the 35th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution – an epochal event whose ultimate significance remains unknown. Accurately assessing the fruits of the revolution is crucial to understanding Iran today.
Richard Waddell, Truthout: Excess wealth, widespread poverty and inequality are all poisonous to our nation. These poisons threaten our economy, our democratic process, academic integrity, our justice system and our culture.
Julie Dermansky, DeSmogBlog: Triple Divide is a timely, cautionary documentary about the fracking industry in Pennsylvania. Clean water is the star of this film. The toxic impact of the fracking industry is the villain. The directors and narrator Mark Ruffalo discuss why the issue is so important.
Karen J. Greenberg, TomDispatch: In January 2009, Barack Obama entered the Oval Office projecting idealism, broadcasting five commandments by which life in his new world of national security would be lived. Five years later, Obama’s commandments need a rewrite.
Noah De Lissovoy, Alex Means and Kenneth Saltman, Truthout: In this excerpt from their new book, Toward a New Common School Movement, the authors argue for defending a not-yet-realized “public” in the public schools that should be the privileged territory for a movement to invent democracy, against a schooling system that has historically parodied and persecuted it.
Michael Winship, Moyers & Company: Political scientist Adolph Reed Jr. argues that Democrats and liberals have become too fixated on election results, kowtowing to the status quo rather than aiming for long-term goals that address the issues of economic inequality.
The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: It’s pretty clear that there are still a lot of questions out there about GMO foods. As a result, the American people deserve to know which foods on grocery store shelves are chock-full of genetically modified ingredients.
Dave Saldana, PR Watch: This in-depth report looks at various aspects of tar sands extraction, from leak and spill cleanup paid for by tax dollars to the health effects of its byproducts on local citizens.
Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company: Adolph Reed Jr. sees the populist, progressive wing of the Democratic Party giving up to the corporate wing, putatively embodied in Hillary Clinton sailing forth surrounded by a mighty armada from Wall Street.
Wendell Potter, The Center for Public Integrity: A new study in Massachusetts is providing evidence that the reform law passed in that state in 2006 (and which served as the model for the Affordable Care Act) is indeed making a significant dent in bankruptcy filings.
In today‘s On the News segment: The UAW isn’t giving up on workers in Chattanooga; a new report by the Economic Policy Institute proves that our economic system is rigged; since 2010, low-paying jobs have dominated the job market; and more.
First Canadian Tar Sands Oil Flows Through Southern Keystone XL Pipeline as Senators Warn of Cancer Risks
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The CEO of TransCanada announced Wednesday that “we just moved the first batch of Canadian oil right through the whole system from Canada right through the Gulf Coast.” Even without a new northern section of the Keystone XL pipeline, tar sands oil is now making its way to Texas refineries.
Feds Refuse To Release Public Comments on NSA Reform – Citing Privacy
Who’s To Blame for Recurring Oil and Chemical Disasters? Why Should Taxpayers Pay for Toxic Cleanups?
What Jan Brewer’s Gay Bill Veto Means for Arizona – and the Country
Does Tackling Inequality Hurt Growth? No.
Suffer the Children: Voices of Pain and Peace
UK Spy Agency Intercepted Webcam Images of Millions of Yahoo! Users
The GOP’s “Judicial Activism” Flip-Flop