Truthout Staff, Truthout: We believe that a free and open internet is a crucial tool for sharing information that enables the public to hold the powerful accountable and to take the actions necessary to build a better world.
Erica Glaser, Truthout: Chevron’s refusal to pay for the cleanup of oil contamination in Ecuador demonstrates the crisis of multinational corporations prioritizing profit over human rights.
John de Graaf, Truthout: The world’s happiest countries share a few basic characteristics: a small gap between rich and poor; work-life balance; urban design that favors community over cars; high degrees of interpersonal trust; a strong social safety net; and the highest tax rates in the world.
Mike Ludwig, Truthout: Despite the media hype, marriage equality is not the top issue on every agenda in the LGBTQ world. Many LGBTQ people – especially gender-nonconforming people and people of color – face the constant threats of imprisonment, assault and deportation.
Aaron Cantú, Truthout: The End Racial Profiling Act is being contested by the New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association and the Sergeant’s Benevolent Association, which claim a law “with teeth” will injure their members.
John Logan, Truthout: Workers around the world are continuing the fast-food protests that started in New York in 2012. Their fight for dignity at work, better wages, stable hours, opportunities for advancement and a halt to wage theft has gone global.
Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet: Relocating to a country with a lower tax rate is one giant middle finger to your fellow Americans. Companies like Pfizer vigorously lobby for lower taxes and leave no loophole unexploited.
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: “I watched NSA tracking people’s internet activities as they typed. I became aware of just how invasive US surveillance capabilities had become…. And almost nobody knew it was happening,” Edward Snowden told Glenn Greenwald.
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: We should just let those far-right crazies have their dream of their own country. Let them secede and start their own Ayn Rand-inspired paradise. Meanwhile, the rest of us can get back to rebuilding the American Dream that Reaganomics has largely torn apart.
Papri Sri Raman, Truthout: The votes have been cast in India’s general elections, and predictions are that the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies will form the next government.
Bruce A. Dixon, Black Agenda Report: The first weekend in May saw about 320 activists from all over the country gather in Mississippi for Jackson Rising. The convergence allowed participants to visualize and explore cooperation and the solidarity economy.
Nick Turse, TomDispatch: Every new African nightmare turns out to be another opening for US military involvement. Each further step by that military leads to yet more regional destabilization. This is the “new normal” for US presence on the continent.
Richard D. Wolff, Economic Update | Truthout: Updates on US sanctions against Putin’s aides; relative decline in US median disposable income; a stunning “accounting error” by Bank of America; and clever manipulation of US regulators by the 15 biggest US banks.