Candice Bernd, Truthout: While a Dallas judge and area charities continue to work to provide social services to thousands of refugee children, others in the area and across the state are pushing back against the recent influx by advocating for rapid deportation and increased militarization at the border.
Sam Knight, Truthout: In 2010, an anarchistic Icelandic comedian named Jón Gnarr became an unlikely face of successful alternative politics. The former mayor of Reykjavik – home to one in three Icelanders – speaks about his philosophy, future and new book about his mayoral reign.
Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company: Since the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision established a woman’s right to an abortion decades ago, conservatives and the religious right have patiently and relentlessly campaigned against it for decades.
Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins, OtherWords: Most Americans don’t want anyone jailed for being caught with small amounts of pot. Without federal leadership, you can count on marijuana legalization to keep spreading one state at a time.
Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service: The question now looming large over the United Nations is why there isn’t a new draft resolution condemning the aerial bombardments of civilians in Gaza, demanding a no-fly zone and accusing Israelis of war crimes.
John Feffer, Foreign Policy In Focus: Some Israelis refer to their periodic shelling of the Palestinian territory as “mowing the lawn.” Israel believes it can bomb Gazans into changing their interests, but how long will Obama support this delusion?
Julie Dermansky, Desmogblog: The failure of the Denton city council to pass a fracking ban in Denton, Texas, after a meeting that went on for over eight hours didn’t surprise many residents, who called the vote “theater.”
Elaine Yu, Waging Nonviolence: Hundreds of protesters staged an overnight and peaceful sit-in in Central, the city’s government and financial district, in what was seen as a dress-rehearsal for the Occupy Central civil disobedience action that will take place if the authorities reject their demand for a “genuine democracy” in the next two years.
Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism: One of the favored practices of the banking industry in recent years has been to engage in not merely shameless, but truly deranged hyperbole when anyone dares voice so much as an itty bitty threat against their prerogatives.
Mona Alami, Inter Press Service: Hezbollah clashes with Syrian rebels on the outskirts of Ersal seem to be widening the divide between residents of the Eastern Bekaa town.
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