Dahr Jamail, Truthout: In Washington State, the Chehalis River Valley is the site of some of the worst floods in the Pacific Northwest. Gov. Jay Inslee recently toured the region to meet with people affected by extreme weather events resulting from climate disruption, and emphasized policy solutions over political ideology.
Katie Klabusich, Truthout: As goes reproductive health-care access in Texas, so may go the nation. The tireless work of the activists in the Rio Grande Valley should be informing national organizing because it’s effective and because the legal challenge to Texas law HB2 will likely land in front of the Supreme Court.
Charlotte Silver, Truthout: Nora Barrows-Friedman, author ofIn Our Power, discusses what makes the Students for Justice in Palestine movement sustainable, why it’s growing in the face of an amply funded opposition, and how the BDS strategy is a game changer.
Dean Baker, Truthout: While the spread of Ebola and needless traffic congestion are both areas where many have paid a price from their determination not to help others, the greatest cost comes in the context of global warming. There is a real cost of having determined selfishness as a fundamental political principle.
Michael Meurer, Truthout: With both parties representing big money rather than competing economic visions, voters are opting out, and the 2014 midterm elections have devolved into an empty and expensive spectacle in which trivia such as White House chicken-wing recipes take center stage.
Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company: The Lone Star state’s voter ID law is part of a nationwide effort to suppress the vote as demographic changes are altering the electoral landscape. Close to half the states in the United States have passed laws restricting the right to vote.
Mara Kardas-Nelson, Truthout: The pharmaceutical industry is pressuring the FDA to approve a pill for “Female Sexual Disorder” that isn’t significantly better at increasing the frequency of “satisfying sexual events” than a placebo and comes with some significant side effects for many women.
Kara Dansky, The Nation: Salt Lake City was spending $20,000 per homeless resident per year. Homelessness was not going down. Instead, for for $7,800 a year, through a new program called Housing First, the city found it could provide a person with an apartment and case management services. The initiative has reduced chronic homelessness by 72 percent.
Victoria Bassetti, Brennan Center for Justice: Torture politics makes for strange bedfellows. For those of you who think the Obama administration doesn’t know how to work with Republicans, think again. North Carolina’s Republican Senator, Richard Burr, may soon be one of the administration’s best friends.
Rory Fanning, TomDispatch: Many veterans enlisted in the military thinking that they were indeed serving a noble cause, and it’s no lie to say that they fought with valor for their brothers and sisters to their left and right. Unfortunately, good intentions at this stage are no substitute for good politics.
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: Six world powers leading nuclear negotiations with Iran have set a November deadline to reach a deal to constrain Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for easing Western sanctions. Earlier this month, a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency found Iran is meeting its commitments under a temporary deal.
In today‘s On the News segment: The US has added more than $31 trillion of household wealth since the crash of 2008, but that’s not necessarily something to celebrate; many retailers have opened earlier and earlier on Thanksgiving Day to draw in customers for Black Friday sales; the Social Security Administration announced the cost-of-living adjustment for 2015 benefits; and more.
How the Corporate Media Use the Word “Militant” to Crush Dissent
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Based ontoday‘s US government and media standards, rebels such as George Washington, Tom Paine and Thomas Jefferson were militants, weren’t they?
Grim Numbers From the 2014 Global Wealth Report
Infant Deaths Near Oil Drilling Sites Raise Questions for Researchers
Ebola Deaths in the US Won’t Even Come Close to the Number of Deaths Caused by Tobacco and Alcohol
In Brazilian City, Homeless People Face Extermination
Fellow Nobel Peace Laureates to Obama: Stain of US Torture Is Your Job to Repair
Louisiana Is Grabbing Millions of Dollars in Oil Royalties From Lands It Failed to Protect
In the Wake of Ferguson, What Will It Take to Reshape the United States’ Police?