Richard Lichtman, Truthout: How do we develop our own opinions? How do we deal with our inability to feel the horror inflicted on others? And when we have changed, how do we change the attitudes of those in power? The small opportunities that exist must be nurtured.
Noam Chomsky, TomDispatch: “It is a near miracle that we have escaped destruction so far, and the longer we tempt fate, the less likely it is that we can hope for divine intervention to perpetuate the miracle.”
Chip Gibbons, Truthout: Last week, Tariq Abu Khdeir, the Palestinian-American teen beaten by Israeli police, and his mother testified at a Congressional briefing organized by the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation entitled, “Is Israel complying with US and international laws?”
Jessica Mason, PRWatch: The United States could be on the verge of calling its first constitutional convention since 1787, and the American Legislative Exchange Council has been working behind the scenes to make it happen, including through its new lobbying arm, the Jeffersonian Project.
Gareth Porter, Truthout: While many believe that the Tonkin Gulf incident was a deception by Lyndon Johnson to justify war in Vietnam, the August 4, 1964, US bombing of North Vietnam was not a maneuver by LBJ.
Anna Lekas Miller, Waging Nonviolence: On July 28, Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, who has operated the Detroit Water and Sewage Department, and been responsible for turning off water for more than 15,000 Detroit residents, issued an order transferring control of the department back to the city of Detroit and recently elected Mayor Mike Duggan.
Barry Eidlin, Truthout: The latest labor reform proposal to make unionizing a civil right sounds helpful, but in shoring up workers’ individual rights, it could undermine workers’ collective labor rights.
Richard Sale, Truthout: Can the Islamic State’s military victories in Sunni regions of Syria and Iraq translate into the creation of the so-called “Islamic Caliphate” it touts? Signals are mixed.
Heather Rogers, ProPublica: When Washington lobbyists fail to derail regulations proposed by federal agencies, they often find a receptive ear within the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, an arm of the White House Office of Management and Budget that conducts much of its business in secret.
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Airlines have discovered that thanks to the economic recovery, more people want to fly, so airlines have dropped the number of available seats on their planes, which all translates to higher ticket prices. The airlines are taking advantage of simple supply-and-demand economics.
Renee Parsons, CounterPunch: If there was an antiwar movement in the United States, the Russian Aggression Prevention Act of 2014 might be at the top of the list for defeat as a totally provocative, irrational piece of legislation that can only be viewed as paving the road for a preemptive first strike on Russia.
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: Is a lasting cease-fire in Gaza possible – and on what terms? Nathan Thrall has laid out a possible plan for a ceasefire in his new article in the London Review of Books, “Hamas’s Chances.”
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Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Carrying a gun can now get you a discount at local restaurants around the nation. You have to bring your own bullets, of course.
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