Henry A. Giroux, Truthout: Noam Chomsky reminds us that caring about other people is a dangerous idea in the United States today, and he trades in ideas that defy scholastic disciplines and intellectual boundaries.
Ellen Dannin, Truthout: The anti-tax movement leaves us without money to meet public needs, while privatization advocates promise that the market will provide. As it turns out, privatized infrastructure depends on public money – and a lot of it.
Owen Davis, Truthout: In the Newark mayoral race, one candidate favors corporate school takeovers while the other wants to give traditional public schools more resources.
Jonathan Leavitt, Truthout: Last week, historic legislation – expanding Vermont labor law and allowing previously excluded early childhood educators to form their union – was passed in a victory for grassroots organizers, the Vermont Workers’ Center and unions.
Raj Jayadev, Equal Voice News: The story of Cornealious “Mike” Anderson, the convicted Missouri man who, because of a state Department of Corrections error, lived free for the 13 years of his prescribed prison sentence, sparked a national debate: Should a rehabilitated man be sent to prison?
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: If the United States is to live up to the values we espouse, we must respect and embrace all cultures and societies. Our media should identify and shame “Ugly Americans” like Cliven Bundy and his ATV buddies for what they are: the American Taliban.
Pratap Chatterjee, TomDispatch: Some people who have been involved in drone assassination campaigns in distant parts of the world, using the fruits of the NSA’s electronic surveillance, are hoping to draw attention to the grave costs of some of the NSA’s activities.
Chris Hedges, Truthdig: Poetry, music, theater, dance, art, fiction and ritual move human beings toward the sacred. The prosaic world of facts, data, science, news, technology, business and the military is cut off from the mysteries of existence. We will recover this imagination, or we will vanish as a species.
Kevin Mathews, Care2: While internet activists are distracted with recent attacks on net neutrality, the government is quietly introducing an internet ID program in Pennsylvania and Michigan that – if eventually broadened as intended – would strip internet users of their privacy and rights.
In today‘s On the News segment: Climate change is no longer a problem of the distant future; while our lawmakers bicker over the facts of climate change, college students around our nation are getting busy working on solutions; the world’s largest solar plant is officially operational, and it’s located right here in the United States; and more.
T.J. Lewan, Remapping Debate: Since shortages of critical drugs became a fixture of the American medical landscape a decade ago, pundits have proposed an array of incentives to encourage more production. But an obvious alternative – having the government manufacture the drugs – appears not to have made it to anyone’s list.
Lynda Sullivan, Upside Down World: The fight over the Conga mining project is one of Peru’s largest social conflicts. The situation remains tense, with an intensified sense of urgency, because, as the battles are won and lost, many feel that the conflict is nearing its conclusion.
Big Pharma Inflates Research Costs for New Cancer Drugs by a Factor of 10, Researchers Charge
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Prohibitive prescription costs may be a matter of life and death to people with grave diseases. For Big Pharma, however, it is just a matter of price gouging based on misleading research expenses.
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