John Pilger, Truthout: John Pilger marks the death of former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam with the one story missing from the “tributes” to a man whose extraordinary political demise is one of the United States’ dirtiest secrets.
Kali Gross, Truthout: Guarding against the spread of Ebola and other diseases means suspending the national pastime of withholding life-saving resources from those in need – if only to save ourselves.
Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout: More Than a Score is a collection of thoughts by students, parents, teachers and administrators across the United States who are participating in a growing movement to end standardized testing as a measure of learning and teacher effectiveness.
Michael Nevradakis, Truthout: One factor connecting censorship, political favoritism, violence toward journalists and selective enforcement of the law is economic influence, and in Greece, the media is dominated by a few business tycoons, with significant commercial, industrial and financial interests.
Mary Bottari, PR Watch: Republican attorney general candidate Brad Schimel suggested he would work to change Wisconsin’s John Doe statute to give politicians more protections than average citizens.
Adam Hudson, The Post News Group: About 100 people gathered in San Francisco’s Union Square on Wednesday night to hold a candlelight vigil for Jennifer Laude, the 26-year-old transgender Filipina woman who was allegedly murdered by a US Marine in the Philippines.
Cole Stangler, In These Times: In its quest for jobs, the Building and Construction Trades Department of the AFL-CIO hasn’t shied away from taking on environmentalists and progressives over fracking, even though public tolerance is waning.
Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report: With water shut-offs, forced foreclosures and evictions in Detroit, the Great Black Urban Dispersal is set to accelerate. It is obvious that the water disconnections and housing foreclosures are coordinated prongs of a hyper-aggressive gentrification movement.
John Feffer, OtherWords: Longtime allies are losing patience after waiting for years to see Israel recognize Palestine, though Benjamin Netanyahu continues to demonstrate he’s not interested in negotiating a two-state solution with the Palestinian people.
George Zornick, The Nation: Though she continues to deny plans to run for president, Elizabeth Warren has been increasingly explicit in her criticisms of the Democratic establishment and its relationship with big banks.
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