Dahr Jamail, Truthout: Farmers across El Salvador united to block a stipulation in a US aid package to their country that would have indirectly required the purchase of Monsanto genetically modified seeds.
Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company: Recently, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz took to the opinion pages of The New York Times to argue that there’s no such thing as “natural” market forces – markets, and their outcomes, are determined by public policies and the rules established by governments.
Beatrice Edwards, Berrett-Koehler Publishers: The Snowden disclosures show not only the specifics of domestic surveillance, but also the larger fact that in the so-called cyberwar, the US government is the primary aggressor and the struggle we are facing is not privacy versus security, but democracy versus tyranny.
Brendan Fischer, PRWatch: Chief Justice John Roberts has changed the rules around campaign finance law entirely, striking down laws enacted by democratically elected representatives and laying the groundwork for the complete annihilation of all efforts to limit money in politics.
Erin Niemela, Consortium News: Violent counterterrorism rides the wave of public outrage over the cruel behavior of terrorists, which is often exactly what the terrorists want, a downward spiral into more killing and mayhem. Some experts see the need for a more constructive approach.
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: The endless stream of mergers and acquisitions over the past 34 years has taken away most all of the competition, and has concentrated far too much power in the hands of too few players. The only way we can have an economy that works for everyone again is by breaking up giant corporations.
Michael T. Klare, TomDispatch: Fighting for control over key energy assets or the distribution of oil revenues is a critical factor in most contemporary wars. While ethnic and religious divisions may provide the political and ideological fuel for these battles, it is the potential for mammoth oil profits that keeps these struggles alive.
Tara Lohan, AlterNet: The Bakken has garnered big media attention, and so too has the Eagle Ford Shale in Texas, and the Marcellus Shale in the Northeast. But more than these big shale plays are on the table. From scenic coastal waters to vital agricultural land, here are five places where fracking could soon be taking off.
Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: “If former Treasury secretary Hank Paulson believes that he can support Republicans while still pushing for climate action, he’s delusional. Earth to Mr. Paulson: The GOP you imagine, which respects science and is willing to consider even market-friendly government interventions like carbon taxes, no longer exists.”
In today‘s On the News segment: Our nation’s highest court strikes another blow to public unions; loss of tax revenue has plunged Kansas deep into deficit; Walmart’s war on workers isn’t unique to the United States; and more.
Robin Marty, Care2: Many politicians are concerned that immigration reform is a political hot potato they are simply too afraid to handle. Can the president act alone to make the changes the immigration system needs, or will protesters fighting against immigration make the situation too volatile for anyone – Congress or the president – to fix?
Kate Aronoff, Waging Nonviolence: Researchers at the University of Chicago published a study investigating how perceptions of justice and fairness relate to the human brain. The study’s main finding is that when people see things happen that they find morally wrong, their minds respond by accessing the sections of the brain responsible for logic and reasoning.
New Child Refugees Should Say They Are From Cuba, So They Can Stay in US
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: What a double standard. Due to the United States’ continued anti-Castro paranoia, any Cuban who makes it onto US land is a refugee. However, Central American children who are fleeing violence and poverty are going to be sent back by President Obama.
Anti-Government Citizen Militia Groups Want to “Secure the Border” in Texas
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Chilean Court Rules US Had Role in Murders
“Rolling Coal”: Trucks Blow Extra Smoke to Anger Environmentalists
A Way for Iraq to Emerge From a Bloody Stalemate
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