William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: It is hard to avoid the feeling that the tremendous arming of the police is inspired by the fear of unrest looming over the horizon, of rising seas, rising inequality, and the rising sentiment that just because it’s been like this for a really long time doesn’t mean it’s supposed to be like this. It isn’t.
Candice Bernd, Truthout: Civil rights groups successfully pressured corporations, including Scopia Capital, DSM North America and Amica Mutual Insurance, to divest nearly $60 million from Corrections Corporation of America and GEO Group, private prison companies. Could more corporations follow suit?
Stephen Rohde, Truthout: A recent court victory for a Muslim scholar, who was subjected to shocking mistreatment by the US government, has exposed not only the dangers of our emerging National Security State, but the shameful efforts of the Obama administration to cover up the government’s egregious mistakes.
Alnoor Ladha and Martin Kirk, Truthout: It’s time to call a halt to the World Bank. Founded to increase prosperity and reduce poverty globally for all, it is driving the inequality that is a defining problem of our times through its “Doing Business” rankings and criteria.
Kari Lydersen, In These Times: The Chicago Board of Education has consistently voted to close schools or turn them over to private management – laying off most of the staff in the process – despite overwhelming opposition, anxiety and outrage expressed in heartfelt testimony by parents, teachers, students and elected officials at scores of public meetings.
Nick Surgey, PR Watch: An American Legislative Exchange Council internal document – obtained through a records request – provides insight into the lobbying agenda it pushed in the 2014 legislative sessions in states across the country. For example, an entire section is devoted to the 31 items of legislation concerning state standards for renewable energy generation.
Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, Democracy Now!: In a major development chipping away at the secrecy of the Obama administration’s drone wars, a federal appeals court has ordered the government to release a legal memo that provides the legal rationale for killing US citizens overseas.
Andrew Gavin Marshall, The Hampton Institute: For the US and its NATO Mafia allies, Ukraine and Russia have presented a complex challenge: How does one punish Russia and control Ukraine without pushing Russia too far outside the influence of the Mafia itself?
Ruth Conniff, The Progressive: Gordon Lafer’s research, commissioned by the Economic Policy Institute to evaluate the school-privatization push in Milwaukee, is a sweeping indictment of the growing private charter school industry that siphons public funds out of public schools and enriches corporate investors.
Jessica Desvarieux, The Real News Network: Swiss banks have notoriously kept customers’ finances secret but European Union law will challenge that structure, says Bill Black, an associate professor of economics and law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes: A lot of folks are showing us the way who aren’t even union members yet. What these folks know is that you have to exert power through your willingness to get in the way of business as usual. Working people can get somewhere when we go outside the usual channels, because those channels were set up for us to lose.
Charter School Pirates of Privilege Plunder Public Schools
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Charter schools do provide us with a lesson in education. The rich have found a new way to make money off of the poor – and leave the most needy even further behind.
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