Don Rojas, Truthout: An intellectual paradigm shift in the Caribbean and in other parts of the African diaspora – building on the work of historian Hilary Beckles – is revitalizing the reparations campaign that must become a critical component of the human rights movements of the 21st Century.
Stacy Bannerman, Truthout: While a teenager recently fatally shot his veteran father in self-defense after he threatened to kill the family, the national conversation failed to register that although veterans must be held accountable, so must the United States.
Dean Baker, Truthout: Every contract for managing pension fund money in the US should be posted on the web and must include the exact fee structure described in plain language so that anyone can examine it and assess whether a particular government is overpaying.
Daniel Falcone, Truthout: Bertram Strieb, LaSalle University professor emeritus in the Department of Geology, Physics and Environmental Science, reflects on antiwar activism in Philadelphia during the Vietnam War.
Michael Winship, Moyers & Company: This Memorial Day weekend is even more poignant as news continues to break of abuses and preventable deaths in the veteran’s medical system – allegations that data was manipulated to cover up long waits for diagnosis and treatment.
Lois Weiner, Jacobin: The education of union officers begins with the formation of reform caucuses committed to union democracy, building the union’s presence in the school, as well as commitments to social justice and mobilization.
Marianela Jarroud, Inter Press Service: Tens of thousands of women employed as seasonal workers in rural areas of Chile suffer high levels of poverty and deplorable working conditions, even though their labor generates huge profits for agricultural exporters
Sharmini Peries, The Real News Network: Michael Ratner, president emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights and the US attorney for Julian Assange, discusses WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s threat to release Snowden information that Glenn Greenwald says could endanger lives.
Federico Fuentes, Links: A recent spate of high-profile campaigns against projects based on extracting raw materials has opened up an important new dynamic within the broad processes of change sweeping South America. Understanding their nature and significance is crucial to grasping the complexities involved in bringing about social change.
Robert Sharlet, The Rag Blog: “The strange poetry of war obits, the military fanfare at graveside, the heartrending notes of taps closing a life – all become distant memory. Pain dulls, never goes away. And so it was with my brother Jeff Sharlet who served in Vietnam.”
Anton Woronczuk, The Real News Network: Ukrainian sociologist Volodymyr Ishchenko says there will be little difference between a Poroshenko presidency and that of ousted president Yanukovich, and that the political rebellion in the Eastern regions is dominated by Russian separatists with widespread support there – not by an independent workers movement.
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