Victoria Collier and Ben-Zion Ptashnik, Truthout: Americans only have a small window of opportunity to break the grip of moneyed interests on our government before an advancing oligarchy consolidates power and locks in tyranny. A mass-based political movement must urgently be organized to restore democracy.
Roberto Cintli Rodriguez, Truthout: There appears to be a cottage industry of those who love to critique Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers movement, by people who have little first-hand knowledge of the events in question.
L Michael Hager, Truthout: In a decision reversing an earlier order that barred the forced feeding of a Guantánamo prisoner, a federal judge effectively re-sanctioned the painful and medically dangerous procedure that is internationally condemned as torture.
Stephen Leahy, Inter Press Service: The world is increasingly hungry because small farmers are losing access to farmland. Small farmers produce most of the world’s food but are now squeezed onto less than a quarter of its farmland, with commercial interests pushing them out.
Laura Carlsen, Foreign Policy In Focus: Mexico’s oil privatization scheme will hurt the environment, scar the landscape and leave Mexico at the mercy of transnational firms.
Henia Belalia, Waging Nonviolence: This question of intersectionality isn’t the first time that science is playing catch-up to traditional knowledge, and it won’t be the last. It relates all the systems of oppression we’re fighting against, such as white supremacy, colonialism and patriarchy, in our complicated identities, and within our own relationships.
Brad Friedman, The Brad Blog: The GOP’s leading contender for the office of California secretary of state has been cagey about his views on his party’s push to disenfranchise voters with voter ID laws.
Apostolis Fotiadis, Inter Press Service: The evolution of immigration and border control policy in Greece and its interdependence with European funding suggests an agenda which has been decided above national legislatures with strong coordination between European political actors and economic interests, while ignoring the human suffering it produces.
Norman Solomon, NormanSolomon.com: The Freedom of the Press Foundation calls the government’s effort to force The New York Times’ James Risen to reveal a source “one of the most significant press freedom cases in decades.”
Phyllis Bennis, Foreign Policy In Focus: Pope Francis’ seemingly impromptu prayer at Israel’s apartheid wall hinted at a radical critique of Israel in an otherwise carefully-orchestrated trip. By far the most lasting image of the trip was the popemobile’s seemingly unscripted halt at the wall, where he read “Apartheid Wall” and “Bethlehem is like the Warsaw Ghetto” on its 24-foot-high cement panels.