Yana Kunichoff, Truthout: Despite increased risks of jail time or deportation without a hearing in immigration court, deported immigrants still struggle to return to the United States.
Mark Karlin, Truthout: Todd Miller speaks with Truthout about his new book, Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security, and about how the public is unaware that this country’s borders are being transformed into heavily militarized zones, north and south.
Jay Riestenberg and Mary Bottari, PRWatch: The National Right to Work Committee’s success and the demise of unions in the United States has directly contributed to the erosion of high-paying middle-class jobs and to growing inequality.
Glenn R. Bergmann and Joseph R. Moore, Truthout: Instead of actually reducing the delays for veterans receiving medical care, the Department of Veterans Affairs is gaming the system by changing how it counts the claims backlog, making it harder for the most vulnerable veterans to file claims.
Jessica Desvarieux and Paul Jay, The Real News Network: Economists Dean Baker and Robert Pollin say that the US economy remains weak more than five years after the recession, despite recent job growth, due to low wages and weakened unions.
Katie Klabusich, Truthout: The extremist rhetoric and subculture of violence within the anti-abortion movement is largely ignored, leading to political as well as real-world consequences. We cannot afford to disregard the danger to providers and loss of access to reproductive health care for millions of Americans.
Julie Dermansky, DeSmogBlog: According to an Associated Press story on the new conditions, the defects in the southern route of the pipeline “have all been fixed,” but the story doesn’t explain how they came to that conclusion.
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: By floating around anti-Obama conspiracy theories, and by using Republicans in Washington to do their dirty work, the billionaires and economic royalists of the United States know that they’re weakening and disempowering the Democratic Party.
Ray McGovern, Consortium News: The right-wing media is denouncing Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl as a “deserter” who wasn’t worth ransoming from the Taliban, but the real villains are the architects of the disastrous Iraq and Afghan wars, who frivolously put the many Bergdahls in harm’s way.
James Trimarco, YES! Magazine: Mycologist Paul Stamets believes that cities like Portland should consider an out-of-the-box solution to prevent future E. Coli scares: running water through filters that contain fungi specially selected for their antibiotic abilities.
Dilip Hiro, TomDispatch: Egypt has undergone a tumultuous journey, and the US has been reduced to the role of a helpless bystander. The Egypt case study is indicative of how so many ruling elites no longer feel that listening to Washington is a must.
Mark Weisbrot, Center for Economic Policy and Research: Ukrainian President-elect Petro O. Poroshenko wouldn’t want to leave himself completely at the mercy of the IMF-Washington-EU decision makers. They have a plan to restructure Ukraine’s economy, and it could turn out to be a mass-unemployment nightmare.
Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: The association between worker quality and unemployment should be much stronger in a good economy than in a bad economy. However, what people are actually experiencing is the opposite.