Thank you for posting this! I hope this will inspire similar actions at other Mexican consulates and embassies. Paramilitary forces murdering people is full no more creeping it’s arrived Fascism.
When our governments become so corrupt they allow individuals or groups to literally murder citizens-what use are they to us then?
Thank you Cindy. Your eye for exquisite beauty is a perfect relief from and counterpoint to the many heavy stories in the news. It’s so good to be reminded that no matter what insanity the humans in charge are up to, beauty is everywhere around us-healing nature, beautiful flowers, soaring birds.
Mike Ludwig, Truthout: Dealing a serious blow to the fracking industry, federal officials are cutting their estimate of how much oil can be drawn out of California’s Monterey Shale formation by a whopping 96 percent. Environmentalists are cheering as momentum builds behind a legislative effort to place a statewide moratorium on fracking.
Victoria Law, Truthout: In the decades that followed its declaration of the war on drugs, the United States has influenced, if not directly pressured, Latin American countries to adopt policies similar to its domestic war on drugs. With promises of trade benefits and economic assistance, the US government pushed Latin American countries to target minor dealers with mandatory minimum sentences.
Paul Gottinger and Ken Klippenstein, Truthout: Newly obtained documents reveal that the US government has continued to provide substantial weapons support for the unelected Egyptian military regime.
Marjolein Van Der Veen, Dollars & Sense: Racism in the Netherlands is being fueled by right-wing politicians like Geert Wilders. On the evening of nationwide municipal elections in March, Wilders asked supporters whether they would like more Moroccans in the city, or fewer. His audience chanted “Fewer! Fewer! Fewer!” To which Wilders responded, “We’ll take care of that.”
John Bonifaz and Ryan O’Donnell, Truthout: John Paul Stevens, retired justice of the US Supreme Court, appeared recently before the US Senate to argue for a constitutional amendment to limit money in politics. In fact, Justice Stevens is calling for a great deal of change.
Brad Friedman, Brad Blog: California is making it slightly more difficult for millionaires and billionaires like the Koch brothers to secretly and fraudulently influence elections in the state.
Rachel Meeropol, Truthout: Idaho became the latest state to pass an “ag-gag” law, punishing whistleblowing in animal agriculture, just this past February. In March, it became the latest state to get sued for doing so.
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Ironically, people like Sarah Palin and Chuck Grassley, who warned us about death panels, were actually kind of right. All across the country right now, people are dying because conservative politicians are denying them the health care they need to survive.
Aviva Stahl, Truthout: The United Kingdom Terrorism Act of 2000 gave courts the power to seize assets used to commit or promote terrorist activities, but was never intended to include the family home… until now. A Manchester case threatens the right to respect for private and family life.
Sam Pizzigati, Too Much: Despite massive student debt levels and paltry faculty pay, a new report details that many of the country’s most prestigious state universities have been paying their executives generously, with alarmingly miserable results.
John J. Pippin, Independent Science News: More than 40 years after the launch of the war on cancer by President Richard Nixon, that war is still being lost in laboratories pursuing mouse experiments. Choose almost any area of medical research using mice, and you will see a failed paradigm often spanning several decades.
Andrew Gavin Marshall, Occupy.com: At the 1980 International Monetary Conference meeting, two years before the debt crisis erupted, leading bankers warned that since the world’s major banks were big lenders to each other, there was “a danger that if one large institution were to fail, a chain reaction could be started that would topple other banks around the world.”
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Desmond Tutu and David Krieger, Truthout: The Republic of the Marshall Islands has courageously taken the nine nuclear weapons-wielding countries to the International Court of Justice. The country aims to enforce compliance with the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and customary international law – and to rally support for life on earth.
Mike Ludwig, Truthout: All eyes were on the Federal Communications Commission last week as the agency proposed rules marking its third attempt at establishing net neutrality regulations. This is our chance to tell the government how to guarantee a free and open internet. Here’s a rundown of key issues so you can make your voice heard.
Beatrice Edwards, Berrett-Koehler Publishers: No foreign terrorist shredded the Constitution, nor did we, as citizens, bankrupt the nation. However, powerful forces inside this country are doing that shredding – and intend to keep doing it. The real reason to be afraid is the unchecked rise of the Corporate Security State.
John de Graaf, Truthout: Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson chose not to believe Americans were condemned to “soulless wealth.” He elucidated a new ideal, “The Great Society,” valuing quality of life above quantity of stuff.
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: While the war on workers has been eating away at the income of working-class Americans, its ultimate goal is to turn the nation’s activist, working middle class into a disempowered, working poor class. To do that, the forces behind the War on Workers have to shift their focus to the state level.
Roger Drouin, Truthout: Even highly diluted levels of fracking wastewater could have a deadly effect on mayflies, the fragile and beautiful insects long-considered a key indicator of stream health, according to a study by Pennsylvania-based Stroud Water Research Center.
Rivera Sun, Truthout: The current struggle between democracy and oligarchy in the United States traces its roots back to the 1787 Philadelphia Convention where the wealthy elite pulled off a counter-revolutionary coup to stifle democracy.
Susan Eaton, The Nation: Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education, new breakaway districts of whiter, wealthier students threaten to exacerbate resource disparities between wealthy and poor communities and sweep away any remnants of desegregation.
In today‘s On the News segment: Net neutrality may be hanging on by the thinnest of threads; the Fight for 15 wave hits another major city; the US ranks number one in how badly we treat our nation’s new mothers; and more.
Jean Trounstine, Jean Trounstine’s Blog: Massachusetts is in for some difficult years of litigation if it follows the path of Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, who filed a bill setting a minimum sentence of 35 years before any juvenile convicted of first-degree murder would be eligible for parole.
Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: Government intervention has been a big success. Many fisheries have rebounded, to the benefit of both fishers and consumers. Fighting climate change isn’t really all that different from saving fisheries; if we ever get around to doing the obvious, it will be easier and more successful than anyone now expects.
Rebecca Solnit, TomDispatch: Feminism is an endeavor to change something very old, widespread and deeply rooted in many, perhaps most, cultures around the world. It aims to change innumerable institutions and most households on earth. And it aims to change our minds, where it all begins and ends.