C.J. Polychroniou, Truthout: Noam Chomsky discusses ISIS, the rise of religious extremism globally, actually existing capitalism and its incompatibility with democracy, Israel, Ukraine and the “root of all evil.”
Dahr Jamail, Truthout: Given that more than 97 percent of climate scientists agree on the matter, the fact that anyone is questioning the reality of human-caused climate disruption remains an amazing phenomenon – one in which Republican officials, corporate lobbyists, the fossil fuel industry and right-wing think tanks readily take part.
Nora Barrows-Friedman, Truthout: As human rights workers, doctors and international aid organizations begin to figure out how to rebuild Gaza after Israel’s 51 days of attacks this past summer, deep-seated trauma – especially in children – could be felt for generations.
Sheila D. Collins, Truthout: There has been a general failure of everyone concerned about war and climate change to connect the dots between them. That must change. There can be no effective climate change mitigation without peace, and no peace without climate change mitigation.
Michael Meurer, Truthout: Instead of using ISIS’s mocking use of orange jumpsuits as a pretext to continue to withhold information about US torture programs in Iraq and elsewhere, the United States should urgently confront its own barbarity in a courageous projection of democratic values.
Sam Pizzigati, Too Much: The more wealth concentrates, the greater the strain on our biosphere. Top environmentalists get that connection. Now our societies must.
Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism: A big part of why servicers keep getting away with misconduct is that most borrowers are too broke to fight bogus charges and the cascading damage that results.
Alexandra Bradbury, Labor Notes: Cuts to postal jobs and facilities are making existing service worse, helping create niche openings that for-profits are exploiting. Call it privatization by a thousand cuts.
Jeff Abbott, North American Congress on Latin America: A clash between business interests in the Mayan town of Pajoques, San Juan Sacatepéquez, Guatemala, was shattered when intruders from the local cement factory instigated violence, leaving some dead and injured.
Kathryn Green, The Conversation: Climate justice is also about social justice, and leaders must address the demands and respect the needs of people already suffering from the impacts of climate change.
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The US Government Won’t Give Peace a Chance
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Almost all US wars of the past 50 years have been fought to ensure that the United States continues to consume a quarter of the world’s pie – and to protect the assets of the wealthy, who own most of that slice.
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