Candice Bernd, Truthout: Some Southern states have passed narrow medical marijuana laws this legislative session, as decriminalization and legalization groups continue to push bills through state legislatures. These states could see victories on marijuana policy in only a few short years.
David Krause, Truthout: Homelessness in San Francisco has reached record highs, but the city provides multimillion-dollar tax breaks to companies like Twitter as it deems permanent supportive housing for the homeless too costly.
Lois Beckett, ProPublica: Dr. Jeffrey Swanson, a professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University School of Medicine, and one of the leading researchers on mental health and violence, separates fact from media hype when it comes to mass shootings and mental illness.
April Glaser, Electronic Frontier Foundation: Last month the FCC released its proposal for the United States’ new net neutrality rules. Unfortunately, the agency’s proposal included rules that would permit internet providers to prioritize some websites who pay over others.
Marge Baker, OtherWords: Last year, the Supreme Court decimated one of the civil rights movement’s crowning achievements, the Voting Rights Act. Now, it’s time for Congress to pick up the pieces, put them back together and protect our crucial right to vote.
Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service: The United States’ decision to work with the new Palestinian government has virtually isolated Israel, the only country so far to have publicly rejected the political alliance between Fatah and Hamas.
Luciana Bohne, CounterPunch: The purpose of torture is not only to torment victims but also to condition society to feeling a sense of impotence before the awesome power of the state. Torture is the spectacle on the stage of power intended to render the spectator mute.
Kanya D’Almeida, Inter Press Service: How much does a forest cost? What’s the true economic value of an ocean? Can you pay for an alpine forest or a glacial meadow? And, more importantly, will such calculus save the planet, or subordinate a rapidly collapsing natural world to market forces?
Robert Parry, Consortium News: As Islamic militants gain ground in Iraq, Washington’s neocons and the mainstream media are blaming President Obama for ending the US military occupation, but they ignore their own role in destabilizing Iraq with the 2003 invasion.
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