Dahr Jamail, Truthout: Lawyers and activists from around the world converged at the Iraq Commission in Brussels last week with the primary aim of bringing to justice government officials who are guilty of war crimes in Iraq, including former US President George W. Bush and former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Eleanor Bader, Truthout: The Peaceful Families Project works to both counter pervasive Islamophobia and anti-Muslim prejudice, and to challenge those within the Muslim community who excuse domestic violence or refuse to acknowledge its effects.
Jeffrey Madrick, Moyers & Company: Thomas Piketty’s 700-page book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, has stunned both the economic profession and most political observers. But the economic mainstream is not truly dealing with its most serious implications even as they widely praise his work.
Robert Parry, Consortium News: As the post-coup regime in Ukraine sends troops and paramilitaries to crack down on ethnic Russian protesters in the east, the US news media continues to feed the American public a steady dose of anti-Russian propaganda.
Hannah Groch-Begley, Media Matters: Despite right wing media campaigns to claim otherwise, data shows that having a gun in the house doesn’t make women safer. In fact, domestic violence involving guns is significantly more likely to result in women dying.
Julie Dermansky, Desmogblog: Louisiana State University entomologist Linda Hooper-Bui documents the dwindling of the insect population in areas directly impacted by the BP oil spill. Julie Dermansky documents her efforts.
Lizabeth Paulat, Inter Press Service: There is a looming crisis in South Sudan that, if not dealt with, could rival some of the worst famines in recent history.
Alex Xourias, OtherWords: Before even setting foot in the classroom, a former Teach For America corps member was already growing leery of the role corporations are playing in charter-dominated school systems. Are these relationships with for-profit entities benefiting or hindering students and their educational journeys?
Crystal Shepeard, Care2: The corruption and criminal prosecution of three California state senators has left millions of citizens without representation.
Beth Buczynski, Care2: China is the global epicenter of the shark fin trade, but surprising statistics show that reputation, along with the shark finning industry, may be on its way out.
The BuzzFlash commentary for Truthout will return Monday, April 21.
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