Candice Bernd, Truthout: A report from the Republican minority on the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works asserts that a few billionaires and environmental foundations are conspiring to “spread propaganda” against the use of fossil fuels. But the minority’s contributions from the oil and gas industry reveal the duplicity of their claims.
Nell Bernstein, The New Press: Abuse of the young inside state-run juvenile prisons is both rampant and extreme. A federal survey published in 2010 found widespread abuse and maltreatment in US youth corrections facilities. More than one-third of youth in secure corrections facilities or camp programs reported that staff used force unnecessarily.
David Mitchell, Truthout: For the first time in history, County Council in the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i blocked a citizen-led petition to stop further GMO development until corporations could prove the safety of their practices on the island.
Danielle M. LaSusa, Truthout: Although professional philosophy has long suffered a lack of racial, gender and intellectual diversity, the Diverse Lineages of Existentialism Conference offers a model for inclusion and growth of the discipline and its community.
Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet: Like a dismal cloud spreading over the sky to blot out the sun, the gray economy is trapping millions of Americans in a dark world of haphazard and insecure jobs, few or no benefits, nonexistent chances for advancement, and little recourse if they get screwed.
Danny Schechter, War Is A Crime: Suddenly, the country we never wanted to have to think about again is back in the news and our military agenda. After denials that troops would be sent back, US boots are back on the ground in Iraq.
Brad Friedman, The Brad Blog: The “Overturn Citizens United Act,” or Prop 49, will not appear on California’s ballot this November after all. The state Supreme Court in California has intervened to remove the measure from this year’s general election ballot.
Making Contact, National Radio Project: The indigenous-led Zapatista movement is a group in Chiapas, Mexico working to bring democracy to their country and their local communities. Twenty years after their founding, the group’s influence has spread far beyond Mexico’s border through music and art.
Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: Saying the United States is bankrupt is hyperbole; more important, it’s not helpful. You can argue that it’s better to avoid abrupt changes and put things on a glide path to sustainability, but efforts are afoot to scare people into preemptively dismantling the welfare state.
Mikey Weinstein, AlterNet: The founder and president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation hits back at fundamentalist Christians attacking his efforts to keep bullying by the religious right out of the Air Force.
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