Jessica Bernstein, Truthout: The Infectious Diseases Society of America’s 2006 Lyme disease guideline panel – which sets the diagnostic criteria and treatment protocols for Lyme disease – has undercut its credibility by allowing individuals with financial interests to exclude divergent medical evidence and opinion. Patients with chronic Lyme disease protested.
Adam Hudson, Truthout: New drama rocks the Guantanamo military commissions as the potential release of a Senate report on the CIA torture program could influence the commissions’ future and reveal previously unknown details. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court rejects a constitutional challenge to indefinite detention.
Fran Teplitz, OtherWords: Years after their wrongdoing ignited the financial crisis, the Justice Department apparently is acting like massive US banks are too big to prosecute. The range of abuses and crimes committed by banks seems to grow without end.
Maria Armoudian, Prometheus Books: In this excerpt from Kill the Messenger: The Media’s Role in the Fate of the World, Armoudian explains how Hutu power journalists contributed to the Rwandan genocide.
Lynn Fries, The Real News Network: This program looks into the history of income and wealth from the 18th century. Who owns what and who earns what? For centuries this has been a debate without much data, but that’s changed with the publication of a new book, Capital in the Twenty-First Centuryby Thomas Piketty.
Jim Campana, Labor Notes: Bureaucrats are mulling closure of most of the Social Security Administration’s more than 1,000 community field offices in the United States, where 43 million people sought services last year, even as the number of visitors continues to grow.
Kevin Mathews, Care2: Feminists have made significant progress in European politics this week. For the first time ever, a candidate attached to an out-and-out “feminist” political party has been elected to serve on the European Parliament.
Robert Parry, Consortium News: The State Department’s handling of the Ukraine crisis may go down as a textbook diplomatic fiasco: doing nothing to advance genuine US interests while disrupting cooperation with Moscow and pushing Russia and China back together.
Paul Jay, The Real News Network: “The political implications of financialization and the naked class interest that we’ve seen have been dramatic. They’ve been dramatic because the social democratic part of the political spectrum accepted the neoliberal message,” says professor of economics, Costas Lapavitsas.
Amantha Perera, Inter Press Service: It has been five years since Sri Lanka’s brutal three-decades-long civil conflict came to an end in May 2009, but for the country’s youth, true national reconciliation is still a long way off.
Christopher Zumski Finke, YES! Magazine: The PBS classic, which taught a love of books to generations of kids, will be coming back in an online version. The show’s former host, LeVar Burton, launched a Kickstarter campaign in an effort to make the show accessible to “every child, everywhere.”
Economy Shrunk in the First Quarter of 2014: A Bad Sign for Income Inequality
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Our “national security” – in terms of being an ostensible democracy – may be more threatened by the current economic structure in the United States than an external enemy.
NRA Finally Meets Its Match: Why Richard Martinez Should Have Them Shaking
The Peril of Hipster Economics
Insanity Extends Beyond the Shooters
Paul Krugman | Cutting Back on Carbon
Hashtag Activism and the Lie of “Solidarity”
WNBA’s Slam-Dunk: First Pro League to Market to LGBT Community
It Wasn’t Abortion That Formed the Religious Right. It Was Support for Segregation.