Apologies for the late posting of this- I thought it had posted Saturday night but didn’t check the blog til just now. Another digest packed with important articles. It seems that we live in seriously “interesting times”.
Please share these, forward them, post links on social media. If enough people realize what is going on and speak out, it will-it *must* begin to change.
Defining a Federalist Approach to Immigration Reform: The Left Stands on Firmer Legal Ground
Simon Davis-Cohen, Truthout: With a federal floor of protections for noncitizens at their back, immigrant and refugee-friendly local laws and tactics are defining what it means to fight for human rights from the ground up.
“Less Lethal” Flash-Bangs Used in Ferguson Leave Some Feeling the Burn
Abbie Nehring, ProPublica: A journalist says he was singed by a flash-bang fired by St. Louis County police trying to disperse a crowd, raising questions about whether they use these military-style devices safely and appropriately.
Jerome A. Popp, Truthout: A nation that exports its jobs to other countries depreciates its citizens as human beings by depriving them access to avenues of experience in which they discover and evaluate the significance of their own existence.
Tractors, Ritual Baths and Dismantling Racism: Welcome to Black and Latino Farmers Immersion
Leah Penniman, YES! Magazine: Brutal racism resulted in maiming, lynching, burning, deportation, economic violence and legal violence, but it also divorced people of color from the land their ancestors lived on for ages. The Soul Fire Farm program seeks to repair that damage.
A Former Marine Explains All the Weapons of War Being Used by Police in Ferguson
Lyle Jeremy Rubin, The Nation: There’s at least one line every Marine knows: “Never point a weapon at anything you do not intend to shoot.” The St. Louis County Police Department apparently never received that memo.
Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: If climate change doesn’t scare you and our failure to act doesn’t inspire despair, you’re not paying attention. At the same time, the great sin of the climate deniers is their role in delaying action, quite possibly until it’s too late.
Health Check: Sitting Versus Standing
Bethany Howard, The Conversation: It seems the world is finally coming to terms with the fact that humans evolved to stand, not to sit, or at least, health researchers, savvy office workers and many commuters are.
Sunset an Authorization for the Use of Force in Iraq
Robert Naiman, Truthout: Congress and the American people should not accept that major decisions about the use of US military power and resources abroad be made indefinitely – behind closed doors – by executive fiat.
John Steppling, John Steppling’s Blog: The faux-journalism of Vice News is an example of frat boy, pretend journalism. It is racist; it is sub-literate, and it’s so astoundingly patronizing to anyone not white and Western as to be the very definition of colonialist.
The Powerful “Groupthink” on Ukraine
Robert Parry, Consortium News: Official Washington’s “groupthink” on Ukraine – blaming everything on Russian President Vladimir Putin – is so dominant that even independent thinkers like Paul Krugman get sucked into the collective misinformation, reports Robert Parry.