Jeff Ritterman, M.D., Truthout: Monsanto claims that Roundup poses a low risk to human health because one enzyme it disrupts is not present in the animal kingdom. But the company doesn’t mention the devastating effect that Roundup has on other enzyme systems present in humans.
Erika L. Sánchez, Truthout: Pregnant women who struggle with addiction face incredible obstacles, including difficulty in obtaining the health care they need. The criminalization of pregnancy and the lack of resources available to this vulnerable population exacerbate the problem by pushing these women into hiding.
Ellen Brown, The Web of Debt Blog: All the king’s horses and all the king’s men could not rein in the growth of the shadow banking system, despite the 828-page Dodd-Frank Act. Instead, the derivatives pyramid has continued to explode under its watch, to a notional value now estimated to be as high as $2 quadrillion.
Dean Baker, Truthout: The bloated financial sector in the United States is a major engine of inequality, sucking money away from poor and middle-income households and making some people incredibly rich. The government should stop playing a role in creating that inequality when it supports the financial industry.
Naomi Oreskes, TomDispatch: Insanity is sometimes defined as doing the same thing but expecting a different result. Whatever we call it, that seems to be what is happening. Natural gas is not the bridge to clean energy; it’s the road to more climate change.
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: It shouldn’t be a surprise that a man with as much wealth and power as Paul Ryan has would propose a poverty plan that does very little to fight poverty, misunderstands the root causes of poverty and totally fails to empathize with the millions of Americans suffering through poverty.
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip has triggered the largest West Bank protest in years, with more than 15,000 people marching Thursday from Ramallah toward Jerusalem. Two Palestinians were killed and more than 200 were wounded when Israeli soldiers fired live ammunition.
Alexander Cohen and James Arkin, The Center for Public Integrity: Afghanistan has a rich culinary tradition, but soybeans have not been a part of it. American agricultural experts who consider soybeans a superfood find this dismaying, and so over the past four years, they have invested tens of millions of US taxpayer dollars to try to change the way Afghans eat.
In today‘s On the News segment: Last month was the hottest June on record; new research says that giving up your hamburger may have a bigger impact on reducing global emissions than giving up your car; adults often struggle trying to learn a new language, while children seem to pick it up without a hitch; and more.
Robert Parry, Consortium News: US intelligence officials suggest that the person who fired the missile that downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may have been “a defector” from the Ukrainian army, in an apparent attempt to explain why some CIA analysts thought satellite images revealed men in Ukrainian army uniforms manning the missile battery.
Naveena Sadasivam, ProPublica: For years, the US Environmental Protection Agency has been frustrated in its efforts to pursue hundreds of cases of water pollution – repeatedly tied up in legal fights about exactly what bodies of water it has the authority to monitor and protect.
Kim Simon, Yes! Magazine: Yes, all women experience harassment – and often violence. But parents can play a role in steering their sons away from those behaviors. How do you raise sons and daughters who respect their bodies and know how to respect others?
Average US Household Now Worth a Third Less, While Assets of the 1% Soar
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: When it comes to economic inequality, it doesn’t get any more telling than a study that proves that the typical US household has decreased in net worth by a third since 2003.
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