Dahr Jamail, Truthout: The idea of storing radioactive nuclear waste inside a hollowed-out salt cavern might look good on paper. Salt-cavern storage was the plan for the Waste Isolation Pilot Project in southeastern New Mexico, constructed to dispose of radioactive waste, but serious problems could result if there is fracking nearby.
Marjorie Cohn, Truthout: At the annual meeting of Stanford’s anti-Vietnam War group, the April Third Movement, Daniel Ellsberg, Terry Karl and H. Bruce Franklin emphasized the relevance of that war’s history, legacy and distorted cultural memory to the burning issues of now.
Yana Kunichoff, In These Times: Last year, Chicago officials vowed that students and teachers would not feel an impact from what amounted to the largest school closure in history. It’s been one year since then, and a new report finds that few of those promises were kept.
C.J. Polychroniou, Truthout: The far right is taking advantage of growing bitterness and resentment across the European continent toward the “New Rome,” and citizens’ lost faith in the ability or willingness of mainstream political parties to secure a better tomorrow, let alone protect the common good.
Dean Baker, Truthout: When President Obama announced plans to curtail the use of coal over the next 15 years, major news outlets rushed to do pieces on the prospective loss of jobs in coal mining areas. While it is good to see the media paying attention to this, this concern is a departure from normal practice.
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Right-wing extremist and militia groups aren’t the fringe groups they used to be. Now Fox so-called News makes members of these groups, like the ones who showed up at the Bundy Ranch, into media stars and heroes. It’s time for the media to start calling these attacks what they are: right-wing terrorist attacks.
Chris Hedges, Truthdig: There are some essential lessons we can learn from the student occupation of Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, which took place 25 years ago. The 1989 protests began as a demonstration by university students to mourn the death of Hu Yaobang, the reformist Communist Party chief.
Diana Cariboni, Inter Press Service: Latin America is the region where tax revenue has grown the fastest in recent years, and that growth has translated into social spending to curb inequality. After having won the inequality championship for so long, Latin America could become a trendsetter.
Michelle Black Smith, The Hampton Institute: “Now, in the three years since her passing, I look at all the great and valuable things she taught me – some by word and some by deed. She started out for me as the subject of an exhibition; in turn, she became a teacher, role model, mentor and, most importantly, a dear and trusted friend.”
In today‘s On the News segment: The president announces plans to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030; despite silence from the corporate media, Fukushima is still a disaster; according to the National Institute of Health, most Americans spend about eight hours a day sitting down; and more.
Mariya Strauss, Political Research Associates: A resurgence in low-wage worker organizing, sparked by growing inequality in the United States, promises to help defend the rights – and paychecks – of vulnerable workers. But corporations and their paid shills aim to snuff out the movement before it catches fire.
Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism: It is hard to overstate the significance of Pennsylvania’s release of private equity limited partnership agreements. Even a superficial reading of the documents shows that investors and policy makers were naive to treat private equity general partners as deserving of blind trust.