Danny Katch, Truthout: Media gasps over New York City workers’ retroactive pay is one episode in the longer game of the rich contributing less in personal and corporate taxes, resulting in government workers being told there is no money while the 1% flaunts its wealth all around them.
Chris Hedges, Truthdig: “The Supreme Court decision to refuse to hear our case concerning Section 1021(b)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act, which permits the military to seize US citizens and hold them indefinitely in military detention centers without due process, means that this provision will continue to be law. It means the nation has entered a post-constitutional era.”
Mark Weisbrot, The Guardian: In the 18th century, those who opposed democratic revolutions like that of the United States had dystopian visions of governance without monarchy. Now, our foreign policy establishment cannot imagine a multipolar world where the United States and its allies must negotiate more and give orders less often.
The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: Our military, thanks to the wording of the National Defense Authorization Act, now has the power to label us terrorists, capture us, lock us up in jail and hold us there without any regard for our constitutional rights to due process or to a fair trial.
Roger Annis, Truthout: Pro-autonomy votes in Ukraine will likely have damaging economic consequences for the people in the short term. But those couldn’t be worse than what European austerity programs have to offer. As people throughout Eastern Europe and Russia take inspiration from Ukraine, a new kind of destiny will take shape.
Dean Baker, Truthout: By hosting columnists like Paul Krugman, The New York Times has helped to inform millions of readers on how the economy works. However, its writers and editors are subject to the same prejudices on issues involving deficits and debt as anyone else.
Nate Singham, Truthout: Certain sectors of the Ecuadoran government would like to become less dependent on natural resource extraction as a source of economic growth and instead seek to create a digital- and knowledge-based economy.
Daphne Holmes, Truthout: While social justice for all may seem like an unattainable ideal, it is still worth fighting for. Preserving net neutrality may be our last best hope for advancing the cause of global social justice.
Ira Chernus, History News Network: The Supreme Court has ruled that Greece, New York, can open its town meetings with a prayer, even though nearly all choices in prayers have contained distinctively Christian language. No doubt advocates and critics of the opinion are scouring the history of the United States, looking for proof that their views are correct.
Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes: The largest private-sector union contract in the United States had been in limbo since last summer, as UPS workers around the country voted down their local supplements, sometimes more than once. Now the five-year contract is ratified – by fiat of the Teamsters International.
In today‘s On the News segment: Tornado season is off to a late, but deadly start this year in Arkansas, Iowa and Oklahoma; Big Oil has figured out where the real power is in the Republican Party, and they’re putting big money behind the NRA; the Supreme Court actually stands up for our environment; and more.
Kevin Mathews, Care2: A video shows Roy Moore, Alabama’s Supreme Court Chief Justice, declaring the Christian faith the one true religion, while simultaneously belittling other faiths – and secular law. How can a man who admittedly puts his faith above the nation’s laws be expected to interpret the law correctly?