Jeffrey Nall, Truthout: Fast-food workers are disrupting slick corporate ad campaigns by challenging consumers to do something more revolutionary than “think outside the bun.” They want them to “think outside of the self” about the economic conditions and lives of the people behind the logos, catchy slogans and dollar-menu selections.
Jeffrey McCord, Truthout: US seafood producers are competing already with at least some imports caught, farmed or processed by slaves. So why is the Obama administration pushing for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, which will exacerbate the existing situation?
Paul Buhle, Truthout: Rick Perlstein’s The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan is a significant book that details the rise of the right wing in the United States.
Chris Kromm, Facing South: Access to the vote is now in jeopardy for many students and youth due to a slew of changes to state election laws passed in North Carolina, Texas and other states in recent years.
Jessica Faieta, Inter Press Service: The upcoming UN Conference on Small Island Developing States, taking place in Samoa in early September, will provide an opportunity to increase international cooperation and knowledge sharing between and within regions.
Crystal Shepeard, Care2: We know that when girls and women are attacked, it has nothing to do with their actions and everything to do with the men who choose to violate them. Still, there is something to be said about feeling in control in the face of potential danger. Undercover Colors is a line of nail polish that is chemically designed to detect some commonly known date rape drugs.
Ali Watkins and Marisa Taylor, The Sacramento Bee: The background of a key negotiator in the battle over a Senate report on the CIA’s use of torture has sparked concerns about the Obama administration’s objectivity in handling the study’s public release.
Marc-Andre Boisvert, Inter Press Service: While the attention on the Ebola epidemic that has now been declared “out-of-control” is focused on the West African countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria, unaffected countries in the region, like Côte d’Ivoire, are struggling to understand what to do keep the disease away.
Faiza Patel, Brennan Center for Justice: The government’s practice of monitoring attorney-client communications over prison email systems was on display in two New York cases this summer when prosecutors argued that inmates wanting to speak privately with their attorneys should have sent letters or arranged visits through the prison’s Byzantine bureaucracy.
Malavika Krishnan, Council on Hemispheric Affairs: In the midst of a global fight against child labor and poverty, Bolivia stands alone on an empty street. As the world actively seeks to reduce the exploitation of young children in the workforce, La Paz recently amended its child labor law, making it more flexible and allowing children as young as 10 years old to work legally.
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