Jeff Ritterman, M.D., Truthout: New science links glyphosate, Roundup’s active ingredient, to cancer. Cancer rates in humans have doubled in areas where Roundup is sprayed as part of genetically modified soy production. Is it safe and wise to continue its worldwide use?
Alnoor Ladha and Martin Kirk, Truthout: Farmers’ groups and peasant movements in developing countries, and think tanks and activist groups globally, are uniting behind a new people’s resurgence against the World Bank.
Dean Baker, Truthout: The economy created 248,000 jobs in September, and the unemployment rate fell below 6 percent for the first time since the early days of the recession. While we are still far from anything resembling full employment, it is getting easier for people to find jobs.
Pierre Guerlain, Truthout: Airstrikes may be preferred by the defense sector and satisfy the thirst for revenge, but they cover up a kind of cluelessness about what to do in the Middle East. Dealing with symptoms never cures a disease, if the underlying causes are not treated.
Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout: Women of color are advocating for a reproductive justice approach that states that the human right to raise children – with adequate social supports – is as important as the right not to bear offspring.
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: At the Caucus Room restaurant in Washington DC, top Republican lawmakers and strategists held a private dinner where they hatched a plan to sabotage the Obama presidency in 2009. Thanks to this Republican plan, the US is without its top doctor while a deadly virus continues to spread.
Victoria Law, Waging Nonviolence: Incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women have been active in the fight to pass legislation limiting, if not banning, the practice of chaining and shackling women while they are in labor, childbirth and delivery.
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance: When protests in Hong Kong exploded, knowledgeable people looked for US involvement. It was not hard to find. The overt intrusion of the United States is evident in budgets, documents and websites; the covert involvement has not yet been uncovered but is no doubt there.
Rachael Bale, The Center for Investigative Reporting: As the Oyu Tolgoi mine scales up in Mongolia, the operation has struggled to live up to promises of world-class environmental standards. While Rio Tinto company officials say the problems haven’t had a major impact on locals’ water, herders say the land has gotten drier.
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: Ten years ago, six members of the US military came together to break their silence over what they had witnessed during the US-led invasion of Iraq. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Iraq Veterans Against the War members say it is a bittersweet moment as the US has resumed bombing in Iraq.
In today‘s On the News segment: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announce the first case of Ebola in the United States; California becomes the first state to officially ban single-use plastic bags; New York state is going solar; and more.
Crystal Shepeard, Care2: Beginning with the new enrollment period, 43 states will see an increase in the number of choices for insurance providers. This will increase competition, providing more choices at lower costs. Voters head to the polls a little over one week before open enrollment begins.
Dumping University Tuition Is Not a Dream; It Is Now the Reality in Germany
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: As the windbag politicians in DC continue to appeal to jingoistic sentiments and proclamations that the United States is an exceptional nation, we are increasingly advancing toward ignorance, not knowledge.
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