Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, Truthout: Transitioning from an industrial model of agriculture to a system benefiting small-scale producers – a step governments must support – will not only alleviate worldwide hunger and poverty, but will reduce carbon emissions, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food concludes in a new report.
Dean Baker, Truthout: The hedge fund managers’ tax break, which is also known as the carried interest tax deduction, is different from other tax breaks in that it has no economic rationale. The Wall Streeters’ arguments as to why they shouldn’t have to pay the same tax rate as everyone else are basically just jokes.
Ellen Brown, Web of Debt: Taxpayers are paying billions of dollars for a swindle pulled off by the world’s biggest banks, using a form of derivative called interest-rate swaps, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has now joined a chorus of litigants suing over it.
Dina Rasor, Truthout: Most government officials have to walk a “bureaucratic knife’s edge” day after day. So why has Leon Panetta been given a pass by the Department of Defense Inspector General, even after the former CIA director offered up highly classified material to an unsecured crowd?
Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism: Marx is suddenly fashionable after many years of being The Economist Who Could Not Be Named. As income disparity has widened enormously and class mobility has eroded, his idea of class warfare seems particularly apt.
John Logan, Truthout: Given the dizzying array of antiunion forces that were involved in the campaign to undermine workers’ choice about whether to form a union at Volkswagen in Chattanooga, a who’s who of who did what in the dirty tricks campaign may come in handy.
Kevin Mathews, Care2: It is critical for Americans to hear Sen. Bernie Sanders’ progressive views to understand the actual problems we face. Here are six political opinions that Sanders has articulated in recent months that our next leader should pursue.
Denise Robbins, Media Matters: Recent reporting treats manmade climate change as a given and features established experts on climate science – a welcome change from the contrarian “skeptics” that have been infiltrating the media with doubt and misinformation.
The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: Years of corporate-friendly Supreme Court decisions, like Citizens United, have rigged and corrupted American politics so badly that average hard-working Americans have little to no influence in Washington.
Samantha Sarra, Truthout: During this week of Passover, one of the most sacred of Jewish observances, commemorating the deliverance of the Israelites from their slavery in Egypt, it behooves us to remember that captivity in many forms for many people continues.
Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report: Charter schools take public money without being accountable to the public, and they are funded by organizations like the Walton Family Foundation of Walmart fame and hedge fund chieftains. There is no data proving that they provide superior education.
Nick Turse, TomDispatch: For years, senior AFRICOM officers and spokesmen have downplayed the scope of US operations in Africa, but recent investigations have revealed that the US military is indeed pivoting to the continent.
In today‘s On the News segment: Last week, more than 100 scientists and economists signed on to a letter calling on the Obama administration to reject the tar sands pipeline; Vermont says that residents have a right to know what’s in their food; it’s only April, but Oklahoma has already had more than 100 earthquakes; and more.
Just Say No to Tasering Students and Militarizing Our Schools
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The New York Times finally admits that the United States uses torture, only, as its editorial board deplores, it is in our schools.
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