Four Arrows, Truthout: Bob Drury and Tom Clavin’s heralded biography of Red Cloud, The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend, reflects strong anti-Indian bias that seems to fly beneath the radar of mainstream reviewers.
Owen McCormack, Truthout: The strife that has engulfed Christopher Columbus’ legacy in recent years has put the concept of an Indigenous People’s Day at the forefront of discussion. Each year, the question is raised: What are we celebrating about his life?
Michael Meurer, Truthout: A stunning disproportion in spending to bomb ISIS versus money allocated to fight Ebola and protect public health highlights a fatal distortion in US priorities and an historic failure of presidential and Congressional leadership.
Allison Kilkenny and Jamie Kilstein, Simon & Schuster: #NEWSFAIL – the first book by the co-founders and hosts of “Citizen Radio” – is a sometimes hilarious, sometimes deadly serious clarion call in support of independent media and independent thinking.
Arianne Shahvisi, Truthout: Middle-class outrage at the recent removal of Banksy’s graffiti in an area of poverty and racial tension indicates how disconnected the bourgeoisie are from the realities of working-class life in Britain, and is an example of the appropriation of subversive art forms by the elite.
Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: Candice Bernd discusses police retaliation against cop monitoring groups. In Austin, Texas, the police department is trying to classify one group as a “domestic extremist” threat in order to shut down the organization.
Susan Ferriss, The Center for Public Integrity: As federal officials rush to prioritize resolution of minors’ applications, members of Congress are aggressively attacking the current asylum system as well as children’s claims they actually face mortal threats.
John Light, Moyers & Company: The Environmental Protection Agency recently released a breakdown of who in the US contributes the most to climate change – by state, by sector and even by individual business.
Jill Richardson, OtherWords: Why deny a cancer or AIDS patient a medication that reduces suffering? Because a healthy person somewhere might use it recreationally for pleasure? Let’s reform our laws to give patients relief.
Jesse Hagopian, The Seattle Times: Unfortunately, Seattle is following a national trend in reducing recess time in primary grades as school districts obsess about raising test scores. This obsession is driven by the federal education policy of the No Child Left Behind Act and the Race to the Top Fund.
Reprieve states that Mylan pharmaceuticals, a major supplier to the National Health Service, is at risk of becoming involved in death row executions in the United States; Elle Kurancid argues that, in regard to climate action, the difference between “inextricably bound” and “nonbinding” is the difference between life and death; John LaForge looks at the United States’ recent (and not-so-recent) love affair with nuclear weapons; Lawrence Davidson warns that the legitimacy of a nation is dependent on its commitment to human rights, and that the United States’ lack of such a commitment calls the state’s legitimacy into question; Ramzy Baroud examines the different narratives used by those when discussing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and concludes that much of the Western media only see the status quo Palestinian and the adversarial Palestinian; D.H. Garrett implores the United States to welcome immigrants with open arms in a heartfelt poem; and more.
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