Chris Moore-Backman, Truthout: The quest to overturn structural racial and economic injustice in the United States is arguably most powerful in the growing movement to end the racialized system of mass incarceration. Leading the struggle to dismantle the US prison-industrial complex stands the Formerly Incarcerated and Convicted People’s Movement.
Anne Elizabeth Moore and Leela Corman, Truthout: Mainstream media recently witnessed a leading anti-sex trafficking activist, Somaly Mam, get caught in a series of lies. However, the problem does not lie in one woman’s trustworthiness, but in a vast network of media makers, celebrities and professional do-gooders with surprisingly imperialist agendas.
Ugo Bardi, Chelsea Green Publishing: Debates about how to respond to mineral depletion tend to focus on the short term. But let’s try to glimpse a little bit further into the future. We see that we are squeezed between the two complementary problems of resource depletion and ecosystem disruption.
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Libertarians have been saying for a long time that if we get rid of government, everything will run better. But then corporations will step in to fill the gap, and corporate bureaucracy is just as bad – or even worse – than any government bureaucracy.
Rick Rowden, Truthout: Overhauling the free-market university curriculum must go further than addressing unemployment, inequality and financial instability – it must also bring back development economics.
Victoria Law, Waging Nonviolence: Despite years of abuse at the hands of jailers, women incarcerated in Alabama’s Tutwiler prison organized, risking their own safety, and sparked a federal investigation.
Rashid Khalidi, AlterNet: In the long run Israel’s current assault on Gaza will backfire, producing another crack in the edifice of its illegal and morally bankrupt project of perpetual occupation and unceasing colonization.
Nikole Hannah-Jones, ProPublica: A federal judge in Alabama has taken the rare step of ruling against a local school board in a desegregation case, rejecting the board’s claims that it had done all it could to end segregation in its schools.
Andalusia Knoll, Fusion Soccer: As Brazil prepares to move on from the World Cup and toward the presidential elections in October and preparations for the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, critic and sports writer Dave Zirin gives his take of the tournament and how he thinks history will view Brazil’s 2014 legacy.
Sam Pizzigati, Too Much: The trends that have made our world so unequal don’t reflect some inevitable unfolding of globalization. They reflect wrong-headed political decisions. We can make different decisions.
Liam Barrington-Bush and Jen Wilton, Contributoria: As the Spanish economy continues its post-2008 nosedive, cooperative-centered Marinaleda boasts a modest but steady local employment picture in which most people have at least some work and those that don’t have a strong safety net to fall back on.
Shutting Off Water of Citizens in Detroit: Treating People Like Things and Corporations Like People
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Rev. William Barber, president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP and a leader of the Moral Mondays movement, recently pronounced: “We’re in a time where corporations are treated like people and people are treated like things.” We are witnessing a glaring example of this injustice in Detroit.
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