William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: The idea that the experience of childbirth is scorned and demeaned, even in the glory of this 21st century, is disgraceful. Maybe it’s time to throw the whole idea of diminishing what a woman endures when bearing a child, the idea that says the man is separated from that experience, out the damned window.
Adam Hudson, Truthout: A UN Human Rights Committee excoriates the US civil and political rights record, enumerating 25 lapses – including torture, drone attacks, police violence, racialized justice, Guantanamo, criminalization of homelessness and failures of accountability.
Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research: There is some evidence in this report that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is having its predicted impact on the labor market. The ACA appears to be allowing workers to opt for part-time jobs and older workers to retire early.
Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout: How to Jump-Start Your Union: Lessons from the Chicago Teachers, a Labor Notes book, tracks how the Chicago Teachers Union built itself up as an agent of community and social justice.
Gaius Publius, AMERICAblog: We’re sitting on a “methane bomb” in the Arctic region – frozen, sequestered methane locked into the permafrost both on land and in the ocean – and climate change is releasing it.
Beverly Bell, Foreign Policy in Focus: April 1 marks one year since the Rio Blanco community began a human barricade that has so far stopped a corporation from constructing a dam that would privatize and destroy the sacred Gualcarque River. Adults and children have successfully blocked the road to the river with their bodies, a stick-and-wire fence, and a trench.
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont speaks about Wednesday’s landmark decision in McCutcheon v. FEC and his fight to remove big money from the electoral process.
Mark Engler and Paul Engler, Waging Nonviolence: The Egyptian revolution should be seen neither as an uncomplicated success nor a mere staging ground for pessimism. For it is far more valuable when recognized as something different: a perfect case study both of what can be accomplished by mass mobilizations that harness the power of disruptive protest – and of the limits of these mobilizations.
Kara Brandeisky, ProPublica: Ten months after Edward Snowden’s first disclosures, three main legislative proposals have emerged for surveillance reform. All the plans purport to end the bulk phone records collection program, but there are big differences – and a lot they don’t do.
Crystal Shepeard, Care2: As the public has become more engaged and aware of the issues and as technology has allowed more voices to be heard directly, it seems that legislators across the country and at the national level pursue policies that are not in line with the public’s interests.
Sharmini Peries, The Real News Network: Since Venezuela exports petroleum and imports most of what it needs, the exchange rate is crucial for economic stability. Hoping to quell recent protests, last week the Bank of Venezuela introduced another exchange system, Sicad II, hoping to take control of inflation and scarcity. Mark Weisbrot discusses.