Henry A. Giroux, Truthout: Like the contrived narratives employed to justify the United States’ use of nuclear weapons against Japan, history under the reign of neoliberalism is cleansed of its most critical impulses, thus sustaining the fictions and ideologies of the rich and powerful.
Candice Bernd, Truthout: Community organizers say District Attorney Craig Watkins’ plan for a civil rights unit that will investigate police shootings is a step in the right direction, but warn it doesn’t go far enough in a city where people of color make up the majority of those killed in police shootings.
Mike Ludwig, Truthout: Dozens of businesses and advocacy groups are displaying “loading” icons on their websites todayas part of a coordinated effort to pressure the Federal Communications Commission to adopt net neutrality rules with teeth.
Ben Ptashnik and Victoria Collier, Truthout: Seventeen critical years after the Kyoto Protocol signing, climate activists have come to realize that when our governments are bought and sold, policy shifts must begin in the streets. Compromised politicians will not willingly act to save the ecological balance of the planet.
Paul Armentano, Truthout: Why is marijuana a Schedule I controlled substance when all the objective evidence yields the conclusion it is far safer than alcohol? It makes no sense to arrest, prosecute and incarcerate those who choose to responsibly consume an objectively safer alternative.
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: If the United States wants to be seen as a moral authority in the world, we have to lock Bush, Cheney and everyone else in their criminal crew in jail and throw away the key.
Gabriel San Roman, Truthout: The decades-long call for justice in the murder case of legendary Chilean folk singer Víctor Jara took another dramatic turn last week when Judge Miguel Vásquez Plaza indicted three retired ex-army officials for their roles in the brutal September 16, 1973, killing.
Gareth Porter, Inter Press Service: Although some Hamas rockets were launched near homes or other civilian structures, military developments on both sides have rendered that defense of Israeli attacks on civilian targets invalid.
Jean Trounstine, Jean Trounstine’s Blog: Much has been written about Sheriff Michael J. Ashe of Hampden County as a heralded criminal justice reformer, but a class action lawsuit reveals a policy he enforced in which hundreds of female arrestees were videotaped during strip searches.
Julie Dermansky, DeSmogBlog: Despite local activism against fracking, the Department of Louisiana Natural Resources has approved a unit permit for Helis Oil & Gas Company for a site in St. Tammany Parish that the company plans to frack.
Big telecom giants are about to force many of our favorite websites into an internet slow lane, making them buffer sporadically and return errors.