Sandra Cuffe, Truthout: The Cayos Cochinos off Honduras and at the southern end of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef are a protected area, but that protection – including a strong military presence – rarely extends to the Afro-Indigenous Garifuna communities or their life-ways.
Amy B. Dean, Truthout: Guest workers have long been one of the most easily exploited segments of the American workforce. But in recent years, guest workers have been bringing attention to their plight and winning some small victories.
Richard D. Wolff, Truthout: Widening gaps between rich and poor, the top 1% and the rest, are heating up debates, struggles and recriminations over redistributing income. To avoid redistribution’s insecurity, social divisiveness and wasted resources, we could instead distribute income much less unequally in the first place.
Steve Rendall, FAIR: American “democracy” is not very democratic, according to a new university study. But the US media largely ignored the new evidence proving that.
Rebekah Wilce, PRWatch: One out of every three bites of food we eat requires pollination by bees, but the US bee population is taking a pounding. Meanwhile pesticide companies are spinning the crisis to protect profits, and a new report likens their damage control tactics to that of Big Tobacco.
Joeva Rock, Inter Press Service: As the world remains transfixed by the kidnapping of almost 300 Nigerian girls, there have been increasing calls for international intervention in the effort to rescue them. But what many people don’t know is that the US military has been active in the region for years.
Erinç Yeldan, TripleCrisis: Turkey has possibly the worst safety record in terms of mining accidents and explosions in Europe and the third worst in the world. A mine explosion in the village of Soma trapped 800 miners underground and at this point, the death toll may well exceed 300.
Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica: Last month, Texas Gov. Rick Perry wrote a letter to US Attorney General Eric Holder signaling that he’d rather lose federal funds for corrections than comply with new rules under the Prison Rape Elimination Act requiring states to substantially improve detection and prevention of sexual assaults in prisons.
Sue Sturgis, Facing South: Mark Chilton, the newly elected register of deeds in Orange County, NC, campaigned on a promise to defy state law by issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Chilton says the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, passed by referendum two years ago today, violates the equal-protection clause of the US Constitution.
John Feffer, Foreign Policy In Focus: Depending on what happens in the mid-terms, and more importantly, the next presidential elections in 2016, we might be looking at yet another effort to drive a stake through the heart of the Vietnam-Afghanistan-Iraq syndrome and reassert, once again, American military power.