Sarah Jaffe, Truthout: Released from Rikers prison after serving 58 days, Occupy activist Cecily McMillan discusses prisons, policing and why she’ll keep protesting.
Mark Karlin, Truthout: Angela P. Harris speaks with Truthout about a new anthology she coedited, Presumed Incompetent, in which 30 academics describe how universities balk at bestowing tenure on professors who are not white, straight, from the upper classes or otherwise “members of the club.”
Joseph M. Schwartz, Truthout: Thomas Piketty’s bestseller,Capital in the Twenty-First Century, provided an economic framework for the startling rise of inequality, but the book too often downplayed political causes and failed to suggest enough plausible socialist solutions to help reverse the neoliberal trend.
Julie Dermansky, DeSmogBlog: Dan A. Hughes Oil Company and the Collier Resources Company agreed to terminate their lease agreement, with the exception of one well, next to the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Naples, Florida. But without a moratorium on fracking, the state is still not safe from the fracking industry.
Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: Dr. Jeff Ritterman discusses the latest research linking glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup, to an epidemic of chronic kidney disease in many parts of the world.
Rania Khalek, The Electronic Intifada: There is no equating the killing and maiming of dozens of innocent Palestinians with scared Israelis seeking shelter from crude rockets that rarely cause damage. But that hasn’t stopped media outlets from trying, and in some cases, outright lying, to distort the violence.
Dean Baker, Center for Economic Policy and Research: The government and the economy are so thoroughly integrated it is impossible to separate the two. We should not imagine that we have an economy sitting out in space, which the government adds to or subtracts from.
Crystal Shepeard, Care2: Looking over the past term, the Roberts Court has repeatedly sought to increase the rights of those who wish to oppress others. The Court is sending a clear message: that for those that do not share the values of the rich, powerful, Christian (and probably white) male, justice in the US is probably not for you.
Sarah Anderson, OtherWords: In the four years since President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank financial reforms into law, regulators have dragged their feet on implementing these executive compensation reforms. In this leadership vacuum, state and local activists and lawmakers are stepping up.
John Pilger, CounterPunch: Like Iraq’s embargoed infants, and Afghanistan’s “liberated” women and girls, terrorized by the CIA’s warlords, the ethnic people of Ukraine are media unpeople in the west, their suffering and the atrocities committed against them minimized or suppressed.
Reprieve notes that two prisoners at Guantanamo Bay are trying to take advantage of the recent Hobby Lobby decision to be granted the freedom to pray during Ramadan; Jeremy Brecher announces the historic People’s Climate March has union backing; Kevin Zeese says whistleblower Edward Snowden going on trial in the US would be like Alice in Wonderland going to court; Kyi May Kaung warns caution is needed before calling Burma a democratic transformation miracle; Palina Prasasouk reports from a New York City march supporting the people of Gaza; Rebecca Vilkomerson, executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace, points out that the occupation of Palestinian lands by Israel with US support is the true cause of violence as Israel bombards the Gaza Strip; and more.
The BuzzFlash commentary for Truthout will return soon.
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