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.”
Join Truthout in New York City: A panel of Truthout editors and authors at Left Forum will discuss
Why Are Women In Prison?: The Politics of Risk
Saturday, May 31, 2014: 12 PM – 1:50 PM in Room 1.76 at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York, 524 West 59th St., New York, NY 10019