Ellen Cantarow, Truthout: A company’s five-year-long drive to store massive quantities of fracked gas in abandoned salt caverns, prone to collapse, under scenic Seneca Lake – home to New York state’s premier vineyards – is nearing conclusion, with the final decision up to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance: Our next step on net neutrality is to demand that the FCC commissioners come out of their federal building, which is infected with corporate lobbyists, and actually listen to the people. How do they do that? They hold hearings around the country where people have an opportunity to fully talk to the commissioners.
Ben Agger, Truthout: The TV show “Mad Men” captures a moment when we began, slowly, to shift from substance to image, anticipating a laptop capitalism of the 21st century in which community is a message board and friends are the people one follows on Facebook and Twitter.
Victoria Law, Waging Nonviolence: Crowdfunding and social media campaigns were important in gaining the temporary freedom of Jessica De Samito and Shanesha Taylor. But we must remember that their release is not – and should never be seen as – a substitute for abolishing a system that locks people up because they lack options.
Danielle Higgins, Truthout: John Kerry inadvertently revealed the administration’s possible doubts about Israel. The Israeli narrative may lose traction as the public sees the reality on the ground in Gaza. If that happens, there may be hope for compromise.
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: Sharif Abdel Kouddous describes the scene just after he visited the southern town of Khan Younis, which has faced heavy shelling since Tuesday. Israeli forces there killed an estimated 73 people in the last two days. Kouddous says residents tried to evacuate starting Tuesday, but “found Israeli tanks blocking the main streets.”
Mitchell Zimmerman, OtherWords: “Given the major role the United States played in creating the child refugee crisis, we can’t tell those mothers and fathers their kids aren’t our problem. Most of us in this nation of 318 million people are the descendants of immigrants. We have room for child refugees who fear for their lives.”
Emily DiVito, Campaign For America’s Future: New data released by the Employment Instability, Family Well-Being, and Social Policy Network found that 46 percent of women say their employer determines their work schedule without any of their input. When American women have no control over their own work schedules, they have no control over their own lives.
Amanda Ufheil-Somers, OtherWords: President Obama got it right when he declared: “There’s no military solution inside of Iraq, certainly not one that is led by the United States.” But his Iraq track record doesn’t mark much of an improvement over the mess his predecessor made.
Neeta Lal, Inter Press Service: According to census data released this month, a whopping 160 million women in India, 88 percent of whom are of working age, are confined to their homes performing “household duties” rather than gainfully employed in the formal job sector.
Obama Finally Reads the Riot Act to Corporations Who Abandon the US to Save Taxes
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Was President Obama channeling Elizabeth Warren’s populist message against companies that don’t pay their fair share of taxes? Well, for at least one day, it sounded like it.
Palestinians Killed in West Bank Gaza Solidarity March; 200 Wounded
Fast-Food Workers Advocate for Higher Wages at Chicago Convention
Michigan GOP Mayor Compares Atheists to Nazis, KKK
Lawyers Call for Outside Probe of Torturous Arizona Execution
We Are Arresting Poor Mothers for Our Failures as a Society
Gaza Ceasefire Talks Deadlocked as Death Toll Tops 800
Growing Number of Cities Are Refusing to Cooperate With Immigrant Detentions