Ramona Wadi, Truthout: Despite her alleged participation in the crimes committed at the torture and extermination center known as Cuartel Simon Bolivar, former Dirección de Intelligencia Nacional agent Adriana Rivas lives in Australia where Chilean activists are campaigning for her extradition.
Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout: The media has a decisive role to play in the formation of attitudes about race, class, gender and sexuality. Robert E. Gutsche’s new book, A Transplanted Chicago: Race, Place and the Press in Iowa City, examines that role by analyzing the media’s impact in one small, Midwestern city.
David Krause, Truthout: To address youth and LGBTQ homelessness, and to address homelessness as a whole, the city of San Francisco held a total of five hearings during the months of April and May. Unfortunately, after five attempts, the city failed to do anything except powder its public relations face.
John Morlino, Truthout: Save for those directly impacted by the violence, the disturbing images of mass shootings begin to fade soon after the incident, and we return to business as usual. Until it happens again.
Abby Scher, Truthout: Municipal and state governments as well as NGOs that support small or independent businesses are finally beginning to address what changes they need to make to support the creation of worker cooperatives to fight poverty and spread workplace democracy.
Jeff Vogel and Sam Pizzigati, OtherWords: The vast NSA dragnet somehow omits from surveillance the perpetrators of some of the most serious assaults on our homeland security. The power suits of Wall Street have wrecked our economy and continue to bleed it dry.
Benjamin Dangl, Upside Down World: For many people in Brazil, a war has broken out surrounding the current World Cup. Poor communities have been displaced by stadiums and related infrastructure for the event, and the high level of security has increased police violence.
Beverly Bell, Other Worlds: Gerardo Cerdas, coordinator of the Latin American and Caribbean-wide social movement Grito de los Excluidos, or Cry of the Excluded, talks about the importance of transnational social movements.
Alison Fitzgerald, Center for Public Integrity: S&P, Moody’s and Fitch continue to wield power in the global financial industry even after several investigations concluded their AAA ratings on mortgage bonds and other complex investments helped lead directly to the 2008 financial collapse.
Genevieve L. Mathieu, Inter Press Service: There are still 842 million people who are undernourished, representing one in eight globally, even though there is enough food to feed everyone. The UN’s Millennium Development Goals are intended to strengthen the international community’s engagement with eradicating poverty and hunger.
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