Ellen Dannin, Truthout: Americans used to take water for granted, but the water shutoff in Detroit has taught us all important lessons. The private sector is willing to be ruthless in denying access to the most basic needs.
Chris Wegemer, Truthout: Increasingly, economic pressures are forcing some to choose between paying for rent or tuition. But homeless college students remain overlooked – and no reliable nationwide data exists.
Andrea Lynn, Next New Deal: The Senate hearing for the Women’s Health Protection Act shows just how important it is for women’s health advocates to push for the facts.
Nick Surgey, PRWatch: Although ALEC recently proclaimed it was being falsely portrayed as “anti-clean energy,” recent revelations confirm that the group continues to pursue a polluters’ wish list.
Lorenzo Del Savio and Matteo Mameli, Truthout: There are two opposite forms of anti-politics, one striving toward a technocracy controlled by oligarchies and corporations, and one striving toward a radical democratization of society.
Andrew Ross and Jo-Ann Mort, New Labor Forum: For too long, the debate about how best to oppose the occupation of Palestine has been clouded, often intentionally, by strenuous deliberations over tactics. Trade unions are no strangers to these contests. Two activists debate the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.
Naveena Sadasivam, ProPublica: A new congressional report says the EPA failed to adequately oversee hundreds of thousands of wells used to inject toxic oil and gas drilling waste deep underground.
Roger Annis, Rabble: A rising wave of antiwar and anti-conscription protest is taking place in cities and towns across western Ukraine.
Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service: A key committee of the World Bank’s governing board spurned appeals to revise a draft policy statement that risks rolling back several decades of reforms designed to protect indigenous populations, the poor and sensitive ecosystems.
Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research: Wage growth slowed slightly in the last quarter to 1.8 percent, from 2.0 percent in the last year. The economy added 209,000 jobs in July, but it was a sharp slowing from its 277,000 average over the prior three months.