Noam Chomsky, Truthout: The Snowden exposures lead us to inquire into state policy more generally and the factors that drive it. If the primary goal of policy is security and defense against enemies, security for whom and defense against which enemies?
Dean Baker, Truthout: Unfortunately, the VA system is not the only part of the government where essential services may be threatened by cutbacks. The Social Security Administration has recently disclosed plans for a major downsizing that will result in the closing of many more of its field offices.
Sarah Rosenblatt, Truthout: Radical cartoonist Sarah Rosenblatt illustrates astroturfing, or fake grassroots organizing, to demonstrate how corporations and politicians undermine social democracy via sock puppets, front groups and false online personas.
Chris Hedges, Truthdig: The Zapatistas form the most important resistance movement of the last two decades. Their transformation is one that is crucial to remember as we search for mechanisms to sever ourselves from the corporate state and build self-governing communities.
Rebecca Solnit, TomDispatch: The struggle has been, and will be, long, and harsh and sometimes ugly, and the backlash against feminism remains savage, strong and omnipresent, but it is not winning. The world still needs to change, and during the weekend of the Isla Vista massacre of mourning and introspection, you could see change happen.
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Right now, a 1-year-old toddler with severe burns is clinging to life in a Georgia hospital, after a SWAT team barged into the house where he and his family were staying, and mistakenly threw a flash-bang grenade into his crib.
Ellen Brown, The Web of Debt Blog: By doing its own financing in-house, California can massively expand its infrastructure without imposing massive debts on future generations. The Golden State can display the innovation and prosperity that makes it worthy of the name once again.
In today‘s On the News segment: House Republicans are blocking the Pentagon from taking any action on climate change; the beverage industry wants you to believe that you’re better off drinking diet soda than drinking water; wind energy production reduces carbon emissions by almost 130 million tons; and more.
Lizabeth Paulat, Care2: Want real surveillance reform? Well, we almost had it. The USA Freedom Act started off with a roar before being slightly weakened by the House Security and Judiciary Committees. Still, it had wide-ranging support across the floor. And then came the amendments.
Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report: Under the guise of “humanitarian” intervention, President Obama has vastly expanded Bill Clinton’s and George Bush’s African footprints, so that only a few patches on the continental map lie outside Washington’s sphere of operations.
Jessica Desvarieux, The Real News Network: With the support of the United States’ second largest union, SEIU, the fast food workers’ $15 wage movement has grown, and this unorganized workforce of the past is shaping up to become the face of US organized labor.
Michelle Tullo, Inter Press Service: New investments from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank’s private-sector investment arm, may perpetuate economic inequality rather than alleviate poverty in Myanmar, critics are warning. The IFC has proposed five new investment projects for the country.