Marjorie Cohn, Truthout: The Pentagon is planning to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War by launching a $30 million program to rewrite and sanitize its history. Conspicuously absent from the website is a description of the antiwar movement, at the heart of which was the GI movement.
Ellen Dannin, Truthout: The infrastructure investment summit held last month by the US Treasury and Transportation Departments appears likely to provide a boost to the privatization industry – just as privatized infrastructure is filing for bankruptcy.
Monica Trinidad, Truthout: While telling our personal stories of struggle may sometimes feel self-serving, or even trivial, stories of personal trauma are the key to humanizing statistics of domestic and state violence, the puzzle pieces that together construct the larger narrative of the white supremacist, capitalist patriarchy we oppose.
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Beacon Press: The United States may have declared its independence from Britain, but it continued the European tradition of annihilating native inhabitants as the new nation pursued its “manifest destiny.” To expand, the original 13 colonies had to decimate the Native American nations and seize their lands.
Joseph “Jazz” Hayden, Truthout: What would happen if we disarmed the police in the United States? How would disarming the police affect police-community relations? These questions are absent from the conversations triggered by the daily examples of police violence and murder.
Staff, PR Watch: Maggots, drug smuggling, sexual assault of prisoners: As if the news were not already bad enough, shocking new allegations of a murder-for-hire plot are emerging from Michigan as the media digs deeper into that state’s failed outsourcing of prison services.
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Rather than provide us with real news, our corporatized media gives us ratings-driven infotainment drivel, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A case in point comes from last night’s Florida gubernatorial debate between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and challenger former Gov. Charlie Crist.
Randy Salzman, Thinking Highways: The “privates” in the much-touted “public-private partnerships” make billions by seeming to lose millions in US transportation projects. The evidence suggests the toll-operating firms are shell companies for international financiers and contractors who blueprint future bankruptcies.
Peter Van Buren, TomDispatch: Here are seven worst-case scenarios in a part of the world where the worst case has regularly been the best that’s been offered. After all, with all that military power being brought to bear on the planet’s most volatile region, what could possibly go wrong?
Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report: The largest contributor to the World Health Organization budget is not a government. It is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which provides more funding than either the United States or the United Kingdom. The organization’s priorities are the result of top-down decision-making from wealthy philanthropists.
Beverly Bell, Other Worlds: Brazil’s Landless Workers’ Movement is addressing an urgent need in a country with one of the highest levels of unequal land distribution anywhere. Fifty-six percent of agricultural land is owned by just 3.5 percent of landowners. In 2000, multinational companies controlled 50 to 90 percent of export crops.
Nicola Yeates, The Conversation: World leaders have come under fire for their inadequate and slow response to the Ebola outbreak. But how are West African countries responding collectively? What does this tell us about the potential for regional state groupings to support health systems to contribute to global poverty reduction goals?
Trans-Pacific Partnership Would Decrease Access to Affordable Cancer Treatment
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: In its analysis of a US-proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership provision, Public Citizen found that the corporate profits of Big Pharma would be increased and protected at the expense of providing medical care to people with cancer.
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