William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: Most people consider George W. Bush a failed president, but according to the goals laid out by the paymasters who created him, he was the most successful president in the entire history of the country.
C.J. Polychroniou, Truthout: The discovery of a vast tomb in Amphipolis, Greece, which archeologists believe dates back to the era of Alexander “the Great,” has captured the public’s imagination like few other finds in the modern period. Who was Alexander?
Michael Nevradakis, Truthout: Since 2001, radio stations in Athens have operated under a hodgepodge of eight different legal frameworks. All of the licenses issued in 2001 and 2002 have expired or been invalidated in a situation that remains opaque, but suggestive of government collusion with big business and media interests.
Peter Handel, Truthout: Since the early 20th century, numerous crime novel authors have explored politically charged themes, including class distinctions, government corruption and oppression of women and people of color. Truthout interviews Ken Wishnia, one of today‘s most perceptive practitioners.
Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet: The Koch brothers-backed Americans for Prosperity is being investigated for sending mailers with incorrect information about how to register to vote to hundreds of North Carolina voters – and one cat.
Stella Paul, Inter Press Service: Thousands of girls and women are sexually abused, tortured and murdered in a tide of gender-based violence that shows no sign of slowing, fueled by conflict and lack of accountability in India.
Avi Selk, Dallas Morning News: As investigators retrace Thomas Eric Duncan’s movements and national media throng at the gates of the apartment he stayed at, many residents inside, who are immigrants, remain ignorant and confused about the disease.
Jane Kay, Environmental Health News: Around the world, scientists have gathered mounting evidence that city lights are altering the basic physiology of urban birds, suppressing their estrogen and testosterone and changing their singing, mating and feeding behaviors.
Tiffany Williams, Foreign Policy in Focus: Migrant domestic workers from Bangladesh enjoy little protection from their government. Legislation is sorely needed, but in the meantime organizing and educating the labor force are the best hope for workers.
Mark Weisbrot, The Guardian: The country has widely reported problems, but improvements in income and conditions for many workers mean a lot of Brazilians have done well over the past decade under Rousseff’s Workers’ Party leadership.
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