Henry A. Giroux, Truthout: While neoliberal governments invoke phrases like “collateral damage” or “military necessity” to absolve themselves of the horrors inflicted by their drones, jets and missiles, we need to develop a new political language and a new understanding of democratic governance.
Ellen Cantarow, Le Monde Diplomatique: The email Mads Gilbert, professor of medicine, sent to a friend on July 19 was a cry from the heart. He had spent two weeks in Gaza during Israel’s Operation Cast Lead attack, tending to the wounded in Al-Shifa hospital. There is no doubt that Gilbert will again be attacked for speaking out against Israel.
Chris Williams, Truthout: A cradle of cultural intermixing, Morocco sits at the crossroads of empires, past and present, and despite efforts to economically colonize the ancient cultures, a strong resistance movement is fighting back.
James Marc Leas, Truthout: Facts provided by an Israeli think tank with close ties to the Israeli military contradict a July 23 front-page story in The New York Times about the origins of Israel’s assault on Gaza.
Aisha Maniar, Truthout: A court vacated support for terrorism charges but upheld a conspiracy conviction for a Guántanamo prisoner, providing a modicum of hope for some former prisoners appealing convictions while also illustrating the persistent injustices of an irreparable system.
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Americans are rightly horrified by the religious extremism of groups like ISIS and the Taliban in the Middle East, but the fact is, religious extremism is also a very real threat right here and right now in the US.
Kourosh Ziabari, FARS News: Prominent American sociology Professor William I. Robinson believes that the United States government is the biggest perpetrator of terror in the world and its military adventures across the globe have claimed the lives of millions of innocent citizens.
Peter Van Buren, TomDispatch: Given the Fifth Amendment, how exactly was the drone-killing of American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki justified? Thanks to a recently released, significantly redacted Justice Department white paper providing the basis for that extrajudicial killing, we finally know: The president is now officially judge, jury and executioner.
Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: “Henry Petroski, an engineer who’s also a fine writer, lamented the decline of good construction in the United States in a recent New York Times op-ed. It’s a great read; I’m trying to figure out whether I believe his premise.”
Rosalind Adams, The Center for Public Integrity: While its Colombian operations quickly became a significant revenue stream for the Drummond company, security issues and labor disputes have always been substantial obstacles for its business. And, according to its workers, intimidation has become routine.
Robin Marty, Care2: Most of us take it for granted that if we turn on the faucet, water is just going to come out. For at least 17,000 residents of Detroit, Michigan, that isn’t the case, and hasn’t been so for quite some time, as the city chose to turn off their water in retaliation for unpaid water bills.
Karen Garcia, Sardonicky: The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) approved the use of seismic airguns to explore the seabed from Cape May to Cape Canaveral for oil and gas. But even BOEM estimates that this practice will disrupt, injure or kill millions of marine animals, including the most endangered whale species on the planet.
Richard D. Wolff, Economic Update / Truthout: Updates on my Bill Maher appearance, the Arizona execution, direct actions in Seattle and in New England, Derek Jeter tickets and the Chinese meat scandal. Major discussions of Obama’s low polls, the changing meaning of socialism and differences between private profit and social well-being.
Hi-Tech Communication Brings Us the World Instantaneously, but It Hasn’t Stopped War and Killing
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout:Technology cannot achieve change in the human condition: It is only a tool. The responsibility is ours.
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