Dahr Jamail, Truthout: Global agricultural projection needs to increase by 70 percent, at a minimum, by 2050 in order to keep pace with a projected 40 percent increase in population by that time. A fish farm and vegetable garden in Houston, Texas could provide a blueprint for a sustainable and community-based solution.
Bethania Palma Markus, Truthout: Los Angeles activists’ vigorous push to reform the violent and corrupt Sheriff’s Department may develop into an effective national program to reduce police violence, racism and classism.
Chris Hedges, Truthdig: Thomas Paine’s unrelenting commitment to truth and justice, along with his eternal rebelliousness, saw him later vilified by the leaders of the new American republic, who had no interest in the egalitarian society championed by Paine.
Robert Naiman, Truthout: Why would the Obama administration want to get the United States more deeply involved militarily in Syria? Didn’t the US public – Democrats, Republicans and Independents – decisively reject this last fall? Didn’t Congress refuse to authorize it?
Beatrice Edwards, Berrett-Koehler Publishers: The NSA’s surveillance programs are illegal as well as not useful for counterterrorism. Had the agency developed the in-house and inexpensive Thin Thread program instead of alternatives dictated by private financial interests, 9/11 might have been foiled and the Fourth Amendment might still have meaning.
Lizabeth Paulat, Care2: Cracking any big story leaves journalists open to harassment. Harassment is one thing, however, but jail and torture are quite another. Around the globe, journalists have been experiencing a direct crackdown on what they are allowed to write and where they are allowed to go.
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: If you haven’t heard of jury nullification before, that’s not all that surprising. The powers that be really don’t want anyone to know about it because it represents a direct threat to the status quo.
Chuck Collins, OtherWords: The first implication here in the United States of Piketty’s work is for us to demand that Congress plug the holes undermining the US estate tax. Without timely action, we’ll see the rich become dynasties and everyone else robbed of opportunity.
Jonathan Latham, Independent Science News: EU documents newly obtained by the nonprofit Pesticide Action Network of Europe reveal that the health commission of the European Union is attempting to develop a procedural “escape route” to evade an upcoming EU-wide ban on endocrine disrupting pesticides.
In today‘s On the News segment: The poor are way more ethical than the 1%; the city of Portland, Oregon is breaking up with Walmart; last week, news broke of yet another massive media merger; and more.
Timothy A. Wise, Triple Crisis: To listen to the current debates over the controversial requests by Monsanto and other biotech giants to grow genetically modified maize in Mexico, you’d think the danger to the country’s rich biodiversity in maize was hypothetical. It is anything but.
Inés Benítez, Inter Press Service: Spain is experiencing a resurgence of hemp, one of the species of cannabis with the lowest THC content, which has been used for millennia to produce textile, medicinal and food products.