Brian Moench, Truthout: All meat, especially beef, has much higher levels of pesticides and industrial chemicals than any plant food. The chemicals given to commercially raised livestock and added to their meat are a toxic stew; most grains fed to livestock are GMOs and they’re soaked in pesticides.
Maya Schenwar, Truthout: Through recounting the incarceration of activists fighting for black liberation, Native American sovereignty, Puerto Rican independence, economic justice, the abolition of nuclear weapons and more, Dan Berger, author of The Struggle Within, illustrates how imprisonment serves as a political tool deployed by the state to maintain the status quo.
Piya Chattopadhyay, TVO: Henry A. Giroux says the United States’ embrace of a surveillance state and culture of violence have replaced the values of freedom, liberty and justice, putting American democracy in jeopardy.
Michelle Corbin, Truthout: What are the responsibilities of those enjoying white privilege in a white supremacist society? The abolitionists offer inspiration in the fight against racism and structural injustice.
Mike Ludwig, Truthout: Several African-American men share with Truthout their stories of abuse at the hands of police, and after 12 days of continuous demonstrations against the shooting of an unarmed teen, Michael Brown, it appears that the community is in it for the long haul.
Bradford Betz, Truthout: Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chairperson of the Senate Intelligence Committee, has accused CIA director John Brennan of domestic spying. It’s time for the Obama administration to hold Brennan and the CIA accountable for the Senate allegations and more.
Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism: Occasionally a pundit steps up to remind the public of the farce that passes for bank enforcement. The New York Times columnist William Cohan focuses on the deep internalization by Holder and the DOJ generally of the “protect the banks” mentality, which he calls the “Holder Doctrine.”
Jessica Desvarieux, The Real News Network: Truthout’s Mike Ludwig reports on the suppression of the press in Ferguson: “If we are not allowed access to these points of conflict where protesters are interacting with police and people are getting arrested, it’s very difficult for us to hold [the police] accountable for any abuses they might perpetrate.”
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: In a society like ours, where white privilege infects every single relationship, every single institution and every single decision we make, the shooting of an unarmed young black man by a white police officer doesn’t “just happen.” It’s time for white Americans to get real about white privilege.
Laura Flanders, YES! Magazine: Cooperative Home Care Associates has 2,300 workers who enjoy good wages, regular hours and family health insurance. With an investment of $1.2 million into the cooperative sector, New York City is hoping to build on the group’s success.
Patrick Cockburn, TomDispatch: The “war on terror” has failed because the United States did not target the jihadi movement as a whole and, above all, was not aimed at Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, the two countries that fostered jihadism as a creed and a movement.
Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo and Kevin Berends, Black Agenda Report: The illusion that African Americans are integrated into US society is only sustained during periods of détente. When the citizenry rebels against repression and racism, the state exercises the full range of its fine-adjusting tools, including tanks, armored vehicles and assassination teams armed with precision weaponry.
Richard D. Wolff, Economic Update / Truthout: This episode covers inequality and growth and the economic lessons from Ferguson. We also interview Professor James Russell on the retirement crisis in the United States. Plus, we respond to listeners’ queries about how the government subsidizes Walmart with food stamps and the economics of advertising.