Victoria Law, Truthout: California has contracted with private prison corporation GEO Group to open a 260-bed women’s prison, but is a new prison the right way to address the overcrowding and medical neglect facing the state’s female prison population?
Michael Holtzman, Truthout: Brazilian authorities’ latest policy to exert control over Rio slums is called “favela pacification.” Ensuring order and security for the 2014 World Cup is the pretext for stealing and gentrifying favela land while millions remain mired in poverty.
Peter Van Buren, Truthout: Parsing Edward Snowden’s email to the NSA, and former NSA head Michael Hayden’s public statements, leads to a suspicion there may an executive order – much like the Yoo opinion on torture – contorting the plain sense of the Fourth Amendment prohibition against government searches and seizures.
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: We need a media shield law that protects acts of journalism as well as journalists themselves. That’s why Section 561 of the Commerce, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act is so crucial: It protects the most important act any journalist can ever do – work with sources to write a story.
Patrick Glennon, Truthout: The eviction of refugee camps near the port of Calais reflects broken immigration policies. Following the French far right’s success in European Parliamentary elections, these policies will be harder to mend.
Susan Sered, Truthout: Despite public acceptance of physician involvement in corrections, the medicalization of practices like the death penalty is deeply problematic.
Ellen Brown, The Web of Debt Blog: Primary elections originated in the American progressive movement and were intended to take the power of candidate nomination away from party leaders and deliver it to the people. California’s top-two primary takes power away from third parties representing the 99% and delivers it to the 1%.
Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch: The United States has more than half a century of experience with war, American-style, and yet few in our world bother to draw the obvious conclusions. Given the historical record, those conclusions should be staring us in the face. They are, however, the words that can’t be said in a country committed to a military-first approach to the world.
Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: President Obama’s proposal to cut carbon pollution from power plants isn’t enough to save the planet, and like heath reform, it could be undone if enough justices on the Supreme Court decide that their partisan loyalty trumps the law. If the plan does go into effect, however, it could have huge implications.
In today‘s On the News segment: President Obama announces an executive order to help five million Americans pay off their student loans; the government is finally cracking down on offshore tax dodgers; Detroit pensioners have finally caught a break – albeit a small one; and more.
Samantha Winslow, Labor Notes: Even as they skimp on teachers and dumb down the curriculum, Rocketship and other charters brag of their mission to serve low-income black and Latino students. In reality, they are further segregating US schools.
Karen Garcia, Sardonicky: The New York Times restaurant critic turned op-ed columnist Frank Bruni has reanimated the long-discredited generational theft blame game – accusing Boomers rather than banksters of creating the dire straits a whole lost generation of young Americans finds itself thrashing in.