Susie Day, Truthout: Former Black Panther Marshall Edward Conway, who has spent nearly 44 of his 67 years in maximum security prisons, was released Tuesday, his conviction overturned. Scores of former Black Panthers continue to serve virtual life sentences in prison.
Anna Lekas Miller, Truthout: Rola Nashef – writer, director and producer of the film Detroit Unleaded – discusses the Arab-American community in Detroit, Arab-American identity and the politics of challenging media stereotypes of Arabs and Arab-Americans through romantic comedy.
Jim McCluskey, Truthout: In spite of their obligations under the non-proliferation treaty, the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, China and France are rebuilding or upgrading their arsenals of nuclear weapons. The rest of the world is responding to this threat to all human life.
James Kilgore, Truthout: The global media feasts on the spectacle of Oscar Pistorius as South Africa’s O.J. Simpson, ignoring the tragic persistence of gender-based violence, inequality and punitive criminal justice that form the context of his violent act.
Lois Beckett, ProPublica: Undiagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder is having a major impact on injured civilians, particularly those with violent injuries. But many hospitals still have no systematic approach to identifying patients with PTSD or helping them get treatment.
Bruce E. Levine, Truthout: Even as the intellectual foundation for our drug-based paradigm of mental health care – starting with the diagnostics – is collapsing, society’s use of these medications is increasing. It is likely that the psychiatric profession will not change until it sees the financial benefit in doing so.
Papri Sri Raman, Truthout: While the United States appears to be preparing for a Bharatiya Janata Party victory and Prime Minister Narendra Modi after India’s April parliamentary elections, Indian political parties have avoided substantive issues in favor of finger-pointing at the media.
Maggie Mahar, Health Beat: A CBS report misled the public about Obamacare coverage. Maggie Mahar of Health Beat called them on it and they pulled the video – but by then the damage was done.
Mark Weisbrot, The Guardian: The current protests in Venezuela are reminiscent of another historical moment when street protests were used by right-wing politicians as part of an attempt to overthrow the elected government.
Paul Jay, The Real News Network: Jeffrey Sommers, associate professor and Senior Fellow of the Institute of World Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and John Quigley, professor of International Law and Comparative Law at Ohio State University analyze the role of Russia and the United States in the Ukraine crisis.
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