Arundhati Roy, Haymarket Books: Roy offers an eloquent tribute to the Occupy movement after it was evicted from Zucotti Park. Despite Roy’s scathing analysis of the injustices and ravages of capitalism and its political puppets, she is filled with hope.
John Pilger, Truthout: While President Obama seeks more money for nuclear weapons than at the peak of the Cold War, the era of the comedy movie, Dr. Strangelove, it’s no joke that the United States is seeking to dominate the Eurasian landmass, stretching from China to Europe.
Adam Bessie, Truthout: While it may be part of common usage, “economic engine” is a profoundly misleading metaphor. And while our economy currently runs on machines, it is not a machine itself – no, the economy consists of actual human beings working, people doing things for other people.
Joseph Natoli, Truthout: To respond to a week of triple catastrophe – a UN climate change report, the Ryan budget, the McCutcheon decision – it is crucial to confront and decode our own “reptilian” desires.
Crystal Shepeard, Care2: Since Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, funding has been allocated for various public works projects, including repairs to the nation’s ailing highways and bridges. Today, all of those projects risk being halted before completion.
Jaisal Noor, The Real News Network: Reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones discusses her year-long investigation into how one of desegregation’s success stories in Tuscaloosa, Alabama became one of the most segregated school systems in the country, as well as the high levels of segregation in northern schools 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education.
Eugene Robinson, Truthout: Despite mounting evidence that global warming is an urgent crisis, emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases grew faster between 2000 and 2010 than over the previous three decades. We’re doing a Michael Jackson moonwalk, appearing to move ahead while actually sliding backward – toward what scientists fear is an abyss.
Marianela Jarroud, Inter Press Service: The blaze that tore through the Chilean port city of Valparaíso revealed the dark side of one of the most important tourist destinations in this South American country, which hides in its hills high levels of poverty and inequality.
Dr. Philip Caper, Bangor Daily News: The United States spends far more on medical care than other wealthy countries, due mostly to higher prices for health care goods and services. There is a reason for this. In US politics, social progress comes at a high price if it threatens business interests.
Kathy Kelly, Truthout: These weapons we tout aren’t futuristic; they announce our lack of a future. But everywhere around us, we can spot people who are volunteering to live simply so that others can simply live. And that choice is, in reality, open to each of us.
Amy Goodman and Juan González, Democracy Now!: “We are not at the beginning of a new Cold War, we are well into it,” says Stephen Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian studies and politics at New York University, “which alerts us to the fact ‘hot war’ is imaginable now. It’s unlikely, but it’s conceivable – and if it’s conceivable, something has to be done about it.”