Dahr Jamail, Truthout: Given Anthropogenic Climate Disruption and our dwindling capacities for producing enough healthy food, a cutting-edge farming technique that dramatically increases produce yields from a design engineer in Port Townsend, Washington, may well already be filling a critical void.
Sharon Adams, Truthout: The European Court of Human Rights concludes that so-called enhanced interrogation techniques – specifically approved by John Yoo and Jay Bybee for use by the CIA on Abu Zubaydah at a Polish black site – amounted to torture.
Peter Handel, Truthout: In this interview with Al Carroll, author of President’s Body Counts: The Twelve Worst and Four Best American Presidents Based on How Many Lived or Died Because of Their Actions, US presidents are reviewed on a wholly new basis.
Judith Scherr, Inter Press Service: Haitian islanders of Ile à Vache are angry at their exclusion from the government decision-making process that has opened the island for investment – investments that place residents’ futures in limbo.
Sam Pizzigati, Too Much: Wealth’s current tilt to the top sometimes seems almost eternal. But can our economy “self-correct”? A provocative new paper out of the developed world’s official research agency contemplates our tomorrow.
Robert Naiman, Truthout: President Obama gave a speech Thursday night purporting to justify US military strikes in Iraq. But Obama failed to clearly explain why his decision to order airstrikes in Iraq without Congressional authorization is Constitutional and legal.
Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: Tanya Lee speaks about the startlingly high rates of gender-based violence among Native American and Native Alaskan communities and the lack of access the victims of that violence have to the justice system.
Amantha Perera, Inter Press Service: The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change estimates that women comprise one of the most vulnerable populations to the fallout from extreme weather events. Increasingly, women are taking a front seat in community action campaigns in Asia, Africa and Latin America aimed at safeguarding the environment.
Jeff Larson and Mike Tigas, ProPublica: Software created by the controversial UK based Gamma Group International was used to spy on computers that appear to be located in the United States, the UK, Germany, Russia, Iran and Bahrain, according to a leaked trove of documents.
Gar Alperovitz, AlterNet: As climate change continues to generate bigger storms and more intense flooding to the point that even insurance companies are beginning to sue cities for inadequate drainage capacity, can we find a way forward?
Roger Annis questions the motives behind powerful countries pressuring Russia over Ukraine, and in a separate essay, warns of propaganda coming from Kiev; Lisa Dawsonreveals videos documenting corrections officers using extreme force on incarcerated people suffering from various forms of mental illness; adam buchanan notes the Supreme Court is immune to generational changes in the US and is thus out of step with changing views; Dr. James Zogby warns a deterioration in mainstream American attitudes toward Arabs and Muslims could lead to civil rights abuses; Kathy Kelly reports on acts of mercy from Kabul; Lawrence Davidson describes how the need to recognize human rights came about and points out that Israel is a big violator; Reprieve warns that a Guantánamo Bay detainee on hunger strike is suffering from a life-threatening health collapse; Steve Fleischli – with comic duo Conan O’Brien and Andy Richter – helps inform Californians as the state faces historic drought conditions; P.L. Thomas reflects on James Baldwin and encourages the public to revisit the fiery intellectual who would have turned 90 this month;John LaForge demolishes the official story on the necessity of using atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and details the massive human tragedy that resulted; and more.
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