Noam Chomsky, Truthout: The invasion of Iraq was a textbook example of aggression. Apologists invoke noble intentions, which would be irrelevant even if the pleas were sustainable. When policy is crafted from a sledgehammer worldview, it only begets more destruction.
Robin Marty, Care2: Are DIY abortions becoming the procedure of choice in the Gulf Coast region? It would appear so, and that will only grow if the states’ Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers laws are allowed to go into effect and cause more clinics to shut down.
Dean Baker, Truthout: There is an important part of the June jobs picture that was largely overlooked: workers in the United States no longer need a full-time job to get health insurance. The data indicate that many workers are taking advantage of this option.
Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout: A small number of public high schools in New York have been granted waivers by the state Department of Education allowing them to avoid most standardized testing. Instead, they have developed performance-based assessments to determine student proficiency.
Jean Trounstine, Truthout: As states grapple with the 2012 US Supreme Court ruling striking down mandatory life-without-parole for juveniles, Massachusetts has more than 60 first-degree lifers sentenced as youth waiting to see how tough pending state legislation affects them.
Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company: Bill Moyers and Jim Hightower discuss the champions of grassroots action fighting the moneyed interests trying to buy and control government. “There is a growing rebellion and an increasing awareness among different groups fighting different battles that they are connected,” Hightower says. “People are beginning to get together and see their common interest.”
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: If West Virginia put a tax on coal and gas extraction – effectively a carbon tax – and then cycled all of the money it took in back to the people, the results could be extraordinary.
Rebecca Burns, In These Times: In June, the New York City Council passed a budget that will create a $1.2 million fund for the growth of worker-owned cooperative businesses. The investment is the largest a municipal government in the United States has ever made in the sector, breaking new ground for the cooperative development movement.
Jessica Desvarieux, The Real News Network: A Global Ocean Commission report gives world leaders a five-year window for intervention before overfishing and climate change negatively impact the world’s food supply, clean air and climate stability.
Marina Sitrin, Z Communications: The Kreuzberg neighborhood of Berlin is one of the European centers of antifascist organizing. While refugees are being harassed and evicted, protesters are actively resisting these efforts and showing solidarity with the migrants.
Andrew Gavin Marshall, Occupy.com: If the global ruling class doesn’t quickly find ways to accommodate the unemployed and “lost” youth, those people will potentially turn to “populist politics” of resistance that directly challenge the global political and economic order.
Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet: Money is packed with meaning, and it impacts our personalities, our relationships and how we think. Researchers in the emerging field of neuroeconomics are drawing on psychology, neuroscience and economics to give us picture of the human brain on money.
In today‘s On the News segment: Renewable energy isn’t only outpacing new fossil fuel capacity, it’s also spurring billions of dollars in economic development; the New York Court of Appeals says that towns have the right to ban fracking; an island nation in the Pacific is hedging its bets against climate change; and more.