Erika L. Sánchez, Truthout: The psychological and emotional trauma of deportation is rarely examined in immigration coverage. Consequently, much of the public discourse lacks a human face. Deportations cause anxiety, behavioral problems, depression and PTSD – which not only affect individuals and families, but entire communities.
John Pilger, Truthout: Like Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, ISIS is the mutation of a Western state terror dispensed by a venal, imperial elite undeterred by the consequences of actions taken at great distance.
Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times: A multitude of activist groups from St. Louis and around the United States have sent members to take part in the four-day protest against the death of Michael Brown, with intentions to raise awareness about police shootings and racial inequality.
Michael Nevradakis, Truthout: While the press in Greece is generally free from overt regulation from the government, both laws and binding court decisions are ignored at will by the Greek government if they conflict with the interests of the country’s major media moguls.
Paul Koberstein, Cascadia Times: Independent research shows that chlorpyrifos, a Dow Chemical insecticide used in the GMO fields on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, can cause significant harm to children nearby. But Dow is intent on convincing the EPA otherwise.
Emily Schwartz Greco, OtherWords: The Obama administration is making it harder for Central Americans to get refugee status. It’s time to adopt a more humane foreign policy toward the region and start accommodating more of the people fleeing the mess our country helped create.
Lizabeth Paulat, Care2: The upcoming election in the state of Washington just became a women’s rights issue. A number of Democratic senators are proposing legislation for next year’s session that would prohibit companies from excluding women’s birth control on their insurance plans.
Benjamin Dangl, Upside Down World: It is the success of Bolivian President Evo Morales’ party in bringing about positive change, as well as its ability to co-opt certain social movements and further controversial but lucrative industries, that will lead to electoral victory.
Cheryl Katz, Environmental Health News: Seabirds are the most rapidly declining birds on the planet, and the odyssey of the sooty shearwater – one of the most abundant birds on earth, now classified as near-threatened because of steep population declines – highlights many of the obstacles they face.
A.C. Thompson, ProPublica: California, which has loosely regulated the assisted living industry for years, adopts measures that give advocates for the elderly modest hope. But advocates say the regulatory apparatus could still be strengthened in many ways.
Staff, The Anarres Project: “Social movements give me so much hope!” says Chris Dixon. “I’m particularly inspired by grassroots movements with broad democratic participation that don’t shy away from articulating bold visions and engaging in disruptive forms of collective action.”
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