Dahr Jamail, Truthout: A grocery store owner burned to death in his car; a pregnant woman was beaten; a man was left comatose after severe head trauma. These are among the accusations against US forces made recently at the Iraq Commission hearing in Belgium, which explored ways to bring justice to those responsible for war crimes in the catastrophic invasion of Iraq.
Kristin Moe, Yes! Magazine: As indigenous tribes and ranchers work together to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline, they’re also learning to understand each other’s history, culture and relationship with the land.
Dean Baker, Truthout: Many of those who were opposed to privatizing Social Security have taken the side of the financial industry in the battle over Fannie and Freddie. At the least, it should be possible to block Wall Street’s efforts to get a government guarantee for their new foray into the mortgage-backed securities market.
Chris Hedges, Truthdig: Being an activist in peaceful mass protest is the only real “crime” Cecily McMillan has committed because the corporate state is extremely nervous about the mass movements that have swept the country in recent years.
Vincent Warren, Truthout: Suhail Al Shimari was beaten, starved, threatened with death, electrically shocked and subjected to other torture at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq without any justice while war-profiteering contractors like CACI continue to earn millions without carrying any legal risks for actions outside of the United States – even when they lead to torture.
The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: Instead of spending trillions of dollars on prolonging the Bush legacy of unjust wars, we should be spending those trillions by giving every eligible student in the United States a free public college education.
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: Former presidential candidate and longtime consumer advocate Ralph Nader discusses his latest book, Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State.
Kim Barker and Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica: The Government Integrity Fund spent most of its money on election ads, despite Internal Revenue Service rules prohibiting a social welfare nonprofit from doing so.
Aisha Maniar, Truthout: Shawki Ahmed Omar, an American-Jordanian prisoner, held without due process in Iraq for almost 10 years, “disappeared” around the time 2,400 other prisoners of Abu Ghraib were reported to have been transferred to other prisons.
Karen Garcia, Sardonicky: There’s suddenly a reason to be cautiously optimistic: In the neoliberal death match euphemistically known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the little guy just won an important round against the steroid-fueled defending champions of Team Corporate Elite.
Karen J. Greenberg, TomDispatch: As long as those who perpetrated torture policies are considered beyond the law, there will be no safe landing for this national fall from grace that began with the revelations at Abu Ghraib.
Neo-Nazi Claimed Sean Hannity Supported Many of His Views
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Much of FOX’s appeal to elderly white males is based on a simmering – but coded – racism. So it should have been of no surprise to Sean Hannity that Cliven Bundy is as bigoted as a pre-Civil War plantation owner.
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