Adam Hudson, Truthout: From tech shuttles to rising rents and evictions, to corporate tax breaks and hosing of the homeless, from closing public chess games to police attacks on black and brown residents, San Francisco sacrifices large swaths of its population for the benefits of “development.”
Bethania Palma Markus, Truthout: A recent People magazine cover sparks consideration of the hiding-in-plain-sight but never-discussed racism that characterizes the United States and the ways US media subtly sustain that racism.
Emily Johnston, Truthout: “Warrior up!” Even though we know there will be climate change tragedy no matter what we do now, we can still avert some disasters, save some species that would otherwise be lost and reduce the number of prospective victims – if we act.
JP Sottile, Consortium News: Anyone still suffering from the illusion that the United States is a democracy need only examine what has happened to the Dodd-Frank bill since its first iteration.
Samantha Sarra, Truthout: Around the world, environmental activists are imprisoned for peaceful acts to save us all.
Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: Bethania Palma Markus talks about the “invisible” racism on magazine covers and in news coverage.
John Feffer, Foreign Policy in Focus: We’re in the middle of a sixth mass extinction, and this will be the first one – and possibly the last – we will witness as human beings.
Jeremy Brecher, Waging Nonviolence: Direct action in protesting the Keystone XL pipeline is necessary to prevent a far greater harm. These actions represent not only the assertion of a public right, but also the fulfillment of a citizen’s duty under US law and the US Constitution.
Kanya D’Almeida, Inter Press Service: For many Muslim citizens of the United States, ostracism has become a matter of routine, forcing family members of terror suspects to double up as legal advocates and political supporters for their brothers, husbands and sons.
Diego Cupolo, Toward Freedom: If and when military intervention is undertaken in Syria, the question remains: Where will the Syrian civilian stand when the dust settles?
Mikey Weinstein, AlterNet: The Department of Defense routinely places nontrivial restrictions on free speech as well as religious practice for the sake of maintaining optimal unit cohesion, morale, good order and discipline.
Lisa Guenther juxtaposes the hypocrisy of Tennessee Republicans criminalizing pregnant women who abuse drugs while bringing back the electric chair; Amir Azarvan asks if we need to define “consensus” to agree there is one on climate change science; Kevin Zeese calls for action on net neutrality; Rev. Osagyefo Sekou provides a new perspective on Jesus’ social position and its consequences; Rob Hager writes an open letter to the governor of Massachusetts asking how he can support the Supreme Court’s authority to further corruption with the McCutcheon decision; Felice Cohen-Joppa and David Polden decry the restrictions placed on anti-nuke activist Mordechai Vanunu by the state of Israel; the Institute for Policy Studies looks at the cost to taxpayers subsidizing restaurant executive pay; Science of Weed offers a moving video on the sometimes life-saving powers of cannabis; the Cornucopia Institute discusses expected backlash over weakened government regulations overseeing organic food; Lisa Guenther documents how the Free Alabama Movement (FAM) seeks to analyze, resist, and transform prison slavery from within the prison industrial complex; Black Star News explains why Secretary of State John Kerry should deny a visa to Uganda’s Sam Kutesa; Nuclear Zero describes the Marshall Islands lawsuit against the US for failure to honor its NPT commitments; Sasha Brookner details how her disagreement with Obama’s policies have caused her alienation from Facebook friends; and more.
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