William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: The Obama administration tries to justify the US campaign against ISIS by saying both Syria and Iraq are too weak to defend themselves. Nowhere in these excuses is any accountability for the United States’ contribution to the destabilization of the region.
Nicholas Powers, Truthout: Black “innocence” always has to be proven and depends on attaining a “respectability” defined by white mores and the white gaze. Why is African-American suffering so invisible, so unvalued that it takes a city in flames to see it?
Ellen Cantarow, Truthout: The Real Cost of Fracking, by Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald, paves the way for the high-volume hydraulic fracturing industry to be put on trial for its role in endangering the health of American families, animals, food and water systems.
Marianne Lavelle, The Daily Climate: Lyme disease is bad enough. But it’s just the beginning of a host of odd and ugly diseases ticks transmit, public health officials are finding.
Kanya D’Almeida, Truthout: Twenty years after the first International Conference on Population and Development, a billion people have moved out of extreme poverty; literacy rates in some of the world’s least developed countries are on the rise; life expectancy is up; and yet, there remains far more to do.
Creede Newton, Truthout: Syrians in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights hear the constant shelling of the civil war that divides their community while living through the decades-old occupation, which dominates daily life.
L. Michael Hager, Truthout: The president’s reported quote, “Don’t do stupid stuff,” is good advice. However, our policy makers too often ignore it. The Middle East wars, Guantánamo and the unconditional support of Israel are ongoing examples of stupid stuff.
The Daily Take Team, Truthout: Americans can’t put roofs over their heads, put their kids through college, pay for life-saving health care or save up for retirement. It’s time to repudiate Reaganomics so the American middle class can make a comeback.
Diana Anahi Torres-Valverde, Foreign Policy in Focus: Hundreds of protesters recently gathered at the World Bank to shame a gold-mining firm for its shakedown of one of Central America’s poorest countries.
Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company: Kelsey Juliana, an 18-year-old activist, is fighting climate change in the courts and walking across the country to spread the word on global warming.
Nick Turse, TomDispatch: Nearly everywhere in Africa, the US military is in action. It’s not just boots on the continent and drones over it these days. For the US military, it’s also ships off the coast.
Robin Marty, Care2: The Republicans’ latest effort to reach out to female voters isn’t going so well. In an attempt to prove that it is pro-women, the GOP is talking to women the only way it knows how – by belittling them.
Richard D. Wolff, Truthout: This episode covers why efforts against obesity fail; Cadillac’s move into New York; the Atlanta Symphony lockout; subprime auto credit and bank economics. We also discuss the economics of climate change and respond to listeners’ questions on Jamestown’s importance in US history; current minimum wage struggles; and the economics of insurance.
Surfers Win a Round for Public Access to Ocean Beaches Against Billionaire
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: No one owns the Pacific Ocean, but some of the wealthiest people in the United States think that they do. California surfers, however, are successfully challenging that sense of entitlement.
Rush Limbaugh Must Be in Real Trouble
$26 Billion in US Aid Later, the Iraqi Military Is a Total Disaster
Number of Mass Shootings in US Has Risen Sharply, FBI Report Says
No Room for Ebola Victims, Except in the Grave
South Carolina Trooper Charged in Shooting of Unarmed Black Man
The Time Has Come for Agroecology
Hundreds of Students Walk Out of Schools in Suburban Denver