Noam Chomsky, Truthout: Amid all the horrors unfolding in the latest Israeli offensive in Gaza, Israel’s goal is simple: quiet-for-quiet, a return to the norm. For Gaza, the norm is a miserable existence under a cruel and destructive siege that Israel administers to permit bare survival but nothing more.
Anne Skomorkowsky, Truthout: The tragic case of a psychiatrist firing a gun to protect himself and others from a patient who had just shot a caseworker to death illuminates the unrealistic expectation that psychiatric care can prevent violent crime.
Fred Guerin, Truthout: Instead of trying to come up with an algorithm that captures the essence of independent thought, wisdom or ethical judgment in robots, let’s preserve and encourage such thinking in ourselves.
Roger Drouin, Truthout: Recent early studies by public health and veterinarian scientists are confirming there is cause for concern when it comes to fracking’s potential impact on farm crops and animals.
Peter Andreas, Oxford University Press: The history of the United States is a battle over smuggling, from evading tariffs and embargoes to violating prohibitions and immigration controls.
Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: Bethania Palma Markus talks with Ted Asregadoo about the spike in borderland deaths among migrants and corporate exploitation of migrant groups in detention centers.
Diana Anahi Torres-Valverde, Foreign Policy In Focus: A two-year-old executive order has helped thousands of undocumented young people plan for their future, but their plans could be erased with the stroke of a pen.
Brendan Fischer, PRWatch: As the paid sick day movement has gained momentum, its opponents – particularly those in the restaurant industry – have tried to thwart it. The paid sick day obstruction effort can largely be traced back to ALEC.
James Arkin, Center for Public Integrity: Three separate systems are used to track the arms sent to Afghanistan, but they are riddled with errors and not linked.
John A. Taylor, Truthout: Unscrupulous politicians play on the fearful anger of white males in the US and Britain and use arguments about democracy and human rights to make political theater. Russia provides them with their current opportunity for political theater in Ukraine.
Marah Alwadia provides eyewitness testimony to the Shujaia massacre in Gaza; David Palumbo-Liu discusses the massive global protest against Israel’s military assault on Gaza; undocumented immigrant José Ángel N. makes a passionate plea for immigration reform in an open letter to President Obama; David Krause deconstructs San Francisco Mayor Scott Wiener’s so-called “Clean, Green and Safe” initiative; Mike LaSusa analyzes Argentina’s default at the hands of “vulture funds”; Patricia W. Hall “follows the money” to see who is really benefiting from charter schools; the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity write an open letter urging Obama to be transparent on information from the shoot-down of the Malaysian airliner over Ukraine; Susan Sered criticizes the US for failing to sign on to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities; Dr. Marc Gopin suggests we can change our reality by breaking nasty neural habits; economists urge Congress to mitigate the fallout from the Argentinian default in an open letter from the Center for Economic Policy Research; and more.
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