Mike Ludwig, Truthout: Embattled WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange announced Wednesday from London the publication of a secret draft text of the Trade in Services Agreement, a controversial global trade agreement said to make it easier for corporations to make profits and operate with impunity across borders.
Dennis J. Bernstein, Truthout: KPFA host of “Flashpoints” Dennis Bernstein interviewed feminist filmmaker Sini Anderson about her upcoming documentary on Lyme disease,The Punk Singer, from a feminist perspective. Anderson was prompted to make the film after noticing the predominance of women with neurological Lyme disease.
Yana Kunichoff, Truthout: The Vergara v. California lawsuit, which banned teacher tenure, was ostensibly about the needs of low-income public school children, but a motley crew of venture capitalists, charter investors and administration officials are the real power behind the suit’s education “reform” agenda.
Chip Gibbons, Truthout: State and private attempts to silence and isolate public supporters of the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions movement are eerily reminiscent of McCarthyist tactics to silence, destroy and intimidate political opponents.
Rivera Sun, Truthout: Citizens plan to occupy California’s Capitol if their demands to get money out of politics are not met by June 22. Regardless of whether the demands are met in this wave of the struggle or not, the movement is breaking through the illusion of powerlessness that plagues the American people.
Lauren Windsor, The Nation: Attendees of the highly secretive mega-donor conference discussed strategy on campaign finance, climate change, health care, higher education and opportunities for taking control of the Senate.
Aviva Stahl, Solitary Watch: Children held in isolation in adult jails and state prisons, thought to number in the thousands across the country, are trapped in a kind of purgatory: facing charges in adult court and held in adult facilities, but kept in involuntary lockdown for “their own protection” from the adult prisoners who surround them.
Martha Baskin and Mary Bruno, Crosscut: Ocean acidification is turning phytoplankton toxic. This is bad news for the many species (humans included) that rely on them as a principal source of food and oxygen.
Julia Angwin, ProPublica: Facebook announced it will start using its “Like” button and similar tools to track people across the internet for advertising purposes. Here is the long history of the revelations and Facebook’s denials.
Anton Woronczuk, The Real News Network: Chief Na’Moks of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation says the pipeline will have a devastating impact on the environment of First Nations communities. “How could anything trump environmental impacts?” he said. “One thing about the environment: if you destroy it, it’s gone.”
Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: “I know a place where noble bipartisan seriousness truly rules, where the great and the good come together to form a consensus about what must be done, and the public is then informed about what it will support. It’s called Europe – and it’s not working very well.”
Richard D. Wolff, Economic Update / Truthout: Updates on rising rates of young men earning below-poverty wages; Detroit’s retired city workers accepting a 4.5 percent cut in pensions; and the Missouri government struggling over tax cuts for special interests. Major discussions of a new book on China-US codependency and how/why our economic system works and breaks down. Response to listener’s question on corporate taxes.