Jonathan D. Simon, Truthout: Is it futile to combat computerized vote-counting fraud, given the more general disenfranchisement of the American public? This and the emerging battlefield of corporate versus public interest is explored in this adapted excerpt from CODE RED.
Musa al-Gharbi, Truthout: Many of the same behaviors condemned by the Obama administration and used to justify its most recent campaign into Iraq and Syria are commonly perpetrated by the US. The United States’ war on sexual violence, mass murder and religious persecution should begin at home.
Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout: Indigenous people have resisted colonialism in many ways – holding fast to traditional foods, like maíz, performing ancestral dances and songs and passing legends from generation to generation – as Roberto Cintli Rodriguez shows in his new book.
Jeffrey R. McCord, Truthout: As we observe the 522nd anniversary of Columbus’ landing in the “New World,” we might pause to consider the nearly lost tale of Columbus’ first landing on what is now United States soil and how it began a conflict that continues in different forms to this day.
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: Thousands traveled to St. Louis to take part in “Ferguson October,” four days of action calling for justice in Michael Brown’s case and the reform of police practices nationwide. Over the weekend, 17 people were arrested during the protests.
Dean Baker, Truthout: The deficit hawks want to distract us from an equality agenda and instead scare us with stories about exploding deficits that will bankrupt the country and impoverish our children.
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Knowing what we know now about Christopher Columbus’ real intentions and actions, it’s ridiculous to be celebrating a man who didn’t actually discover anything and who led a genocide of historic proportions.
Tom Eblen, YES! Magazine: The poverty rate in the US would be 15 percent higher if not for the War on Poverty and government anti-poverty programs since 1967. But today, rather than a war on poverty, we seem to have a war on the poor.
Ronnie Cummins and Katherine Paul, Organic Consumers Association: If you’re shopping for healthy, sustainable, natural food, go ahead and look for local, certified non-GMO food – as long as it’s also certified organic. But you can skip the “natural” label.
Harvey J. Kaye, Campaign for America’s Future: Americans are radicals at heart. The American experience represents a Grand Experiment in democracy, an experiment that requires us to continually challenge exploitation, oppression and inequality.
Kaja Baum, Foreign Policy in Focus: Hong Kong’s Occupiers have been peaceful and their demands reasonable, but there is simply too much at stake in the eyes of China’s leadership to offer major concessions.
In today‘s On the News segment: Maryland’s new law allows people to carry up to 10 grams of cannabis without fear of going to jail; Twitter wants to tell you that you’re being spied on; 60 percent of women that rely on tips in the restaurant industry have experienced sexual harassment; and more.
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