Mike Ludwig, Truthout: Internet service with modern connection speeds is not available in much of Bradley County, Tennessee. Some parts have no internet service at all. But local advocates and lawmakers are pushing the FCC to intervene on their behalf – against major broadband companies and their lobbyists.
Mark Karlin, Truthout: Author Anand Gopal discusses his riveting book, No Good Men Among the Living, which offers an intimate portrait of Afghans as they see the US presence in their country – and how history and the most recent invasion of Afghanistan impact their everyday lives.
Sawsan al-Assaf and Matthew Schweitzer, Truthout: Students at Anbar University in Iraq are caught between a Shiite government that treats them like traitors and ISIS fighters who consider their studies proof of their support for Baghdad. Meanwhile, factional fighting has reduced the university to ruins and terrorized academics.
Fred Guerin, Truthout: A society that genuinely cares for its citizens’ well-being has little need for manufactured, top-down charity because such a society builds institutions that democratically enable all citizens to participate in a shared commons where no one need suffer the indignity of gross injustice, burdensome debt or soul-destroying poverty.
Anna Lekas Miller, Waging Nonviolence: Occupy activist Cecily McMillan discusses her activism, her experiences with the criminal justice system and the ways in which gender shaped both her own experiences and those of incarcerated women.
Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: Truthout columnist and law professor Marjorie Cohn talks about the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination report which criticizes the United States’ failure to honor its legal obligations to eliminate forms of racial discrimination. Cohn also discusses the impending military action against Islamic State militants.
Janet Redman, Foreign Policy in Focus / The Nation: As climate activists converge on New York for the People’s Climate March Sunday, world leaders will meet behind closed doors with corporate honchos who bank on fossil fuels.
Wenonah Hauter, OtherWords: While the UN has the power to help forge a world with good jobs, clean air and water and healthy communities, there’s one step that federal officials here in the United States can take on their own to curb climate change: They can ban fracking on federal lands.
Isaiah J. Poole, Campaign for America’s Future: The Social Security deception game that Republicans have played in recent election cycles is back. But Sen. Elizabeth Warren showed how candidates and activists can be true champions of strengthening Social Security.
Suvendrini Kakuchi, Inter Press Service: Japan, the world’s third-largest economy and fastest-aging society, is seeing rising poverty among women, who now comprise the majority of the poor and elderly. Can a sweeping package of reforms introduced earlier this year reverse the trend?
Rory Fanning, Truthout: Former US Army Ranger and conscientious objector Rory Fanning says Anand Gopal’s book answers the questions that haunted him both during and after his tours, such as “Was it Islam that was creating terrorists – or was it US imperialism?”
Ben Ptashnik propounds solidarity and effectiveness for the People’s Climate March; ecology professor Virginia Arthur posits the difficulty of discussing the truth of our future with aspiring students; Andrew Smolski reports on the benefits of Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOP) – specifically at New Belgium Brewing Company; Dr. James Zogbyanalyzes why Ted Cruz failed so spectacularly when talking to Arab Christians about Israel;the Brennan Center for Justice exposes the new burdens placed primarily on minority voters due to new rules; Ann Wright reports back from the Nordic Women’s Conference about the regression of women’s status globally; David Swanson gives a peek into how most of the world’s population views the US and its wars; Paul Rogat Loeb says even though we’re surrounded by bad news, we can and should continue to push for change – and that means voting; Daniel Hong provides a run-down of Occupy’s ongoing accomplishments on its three-year anniversary; the Drug Policy Alliance discusses its board member, neuroscientist Carl Hart’s recent talk on surprising factors in drug use;David Krause reports on the controversy over the building of a homeless shelter in the San Francisco district of Bayview; Mathias Quackenbush criticizes the stance of so-called “humanitarian interventionists” in the Middle East who promote military action in the region; in a three part series, Virginia Young exposes misunderstandings of policy proposals for American education; John LaForge excoriates cheating by Air Force staff with access to nuclear weapons; Dean Baker questions The Washington Post and The New York Times’ positive treatment of Rhode Island breaking its contract with public sector workers; and more.
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