Aaron Cantu, Truthout: What is the social impact of a cop booster program like “Chicago PD”? What audience – and what ends – does it serve?
Susanne Dumbleton, Truthout: In seeking the death penalty for the accused Boston marathon bomber, Eric Holder violates his personal opposition, Boston public opinion and growing nationwide resistance to execution as criminal punishment.
Cyril Mychalejko, Truthout: Free trade agreements have not delivered promised protections to workers, as the case of Guatemalan sweatshop labor illustrates.
Sarah Rosenblatt, Zombie Basil Press: Radical comic artist and illustrator Sarah Rosenblatt examines the many ways in which women are shamed in our society in this graphic art.
David Krieger, Truthout: A nuclear weapons convention, a treaty to achieve Nuclear Zero by means of the phased, verifiable, irreversible and transparent elimination of nuclear weapons, is the only way to counter the obvious insanity of nuclear weapons in any form.
Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: Truthout reporter Candice Bernd describes the highly suggestive results of a decades-long study of strontium-90 in baby teeth from the central coast region of California near the Diablo Canyon Power Plant in San Luis Obispo County.
Colin Jenkins, The Hampton Institute: Rather than seeing themselves as public servants, police officers have increasingly embraced the “us vs. them” mentality – anyone who isn’t a cop is a potential threat. That attitude makes police “mindless drones” void of conscience in a world that is becoming increasingly unconscionable – the ultimate tool of an ever-intensifying class war.
Carey L. Biron, Inter Press Service: The International Monetary Fund (IMF), arguably the world’s premiere financial institution, is stating unequivocally that income inequality “tends to reduce the pace and durability” of economic growth. But the new advice on income inequality will likely be received skeptically by some.
Winslow T. Wheeler, Project On Government Oversight: Pentagon costs, taken together with other known national security expenses for 2015, will exceed $1 trillion. The problem is not scarcity of money; the problem is how it is being spent. We are getting very little defense – training, maintenance, hardware, and troops – for a gigantic amount of money.
Marjorie Elizabeth Wood, OtherWords: Once hailed as the “Great Equalizer,” public higher education today has arguably become a driver of inequality.
Dan Falcone interviews Walter Naegle, partner of the late Bayard Rustin who organized the 1963 March on Washington; Kate Zen argues for support for the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in Massachusetts; Tony Brown questions California’s exorbitant spending on prisons rather than education; Mark Brenner and Jane Slaughter pitch a new book that demonstrates how the strike remains labor’s most powerful weapon; Benjamin Hale sheds light on the resurgence of ethnic violence in South Sudan; Cayman Kai discusses her harrowing ordeal trying to get to Gaza for International Women’s Day; Steven Starr assesses the possible nuclear ramifications of NATO involvement in Ukraine; and more.
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