Victoria Law, Truthout: Nearly 19 years after Kelly Savage’s husband killed her 3-year-old son and they both were convicted of murder, she is filing for a writ of habeas corpus, arguing that expert testimony about domestic violence was not included during her trial. Will California allow her a second chance?
Hannah K. Gold, Truthout: In the 1960s and ’70s, the ROTC was kicked off campuses in the Northeast. Now it’s back, appealing to the most vulnerable students, and bringing military culture along with it.
Liz McFall, The Conversation: Obamacare has another difficult year ahead. The attempt to introduce a more affordable health care system has been notably controversial from the start, and this looks set to continue.
Peter Handel, Truthout: With its reputation for ultra-secrecy, imprisonment of rogue missionaries and a leadership baffling to outsiders, it’s no wonder few tourists in the United States even think of taking a state-approved tour in North Korea. Meet Robert Willoughby, author of the only dedicated guide to the country.
Emily Schwartz Greco, OtherWords: Low prices at the pump are imperiling oil fracking operations in Texas and North Dakota. Many companies may start losing money or even go broke. While the green-minded may welcome the doom of fracking, there’s a risk cheap oil could speed the pace of climate change.
Mikey Weinstein, AlterNet: Far more than merely a few elected officials have ceaselessly covered the flanks of the Christian fundamentalist forces that are actively commandeering our US military.
Sam Husseini, Consortium News: Truth-telling can be a dangerous undertaking, especially when done by government insiders trying to expose wrongdoing connected to war-making, as British intelligence official Katharine Gun discovered in blowing the whistle on a pre-Iraq War ploy.
Antonia Bruno, Zero Waste World: Following Typhoon Haiyan, survivors in impacted communities in the Philippines came together in a deep expression of solidarity to help each other rebuild their homes and lives.
Crystal Shepeard, Care2: While their motivations may be different, the health insurance industry and the Obama administration have created an alliance to push back against Republican attempts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.
The BuzzFlash commentary for Truthout will return soon.
Hosni Mubarak Cleared of Conspiring to Kill Protesters in Egypt’s 2011 Uprising
Election Win Puts Rural San Benito County on Anti-Fracking Map
From Broken Homes to a Broken System
Ahead of Peru Climate Summit, Cautious Hope for Strong Draft Text
The New Threat: “Racism Without Racists”
Fast-Food Workers Plan National Strikes for December 4
Detroit’s Young Gentrifiers Face a Daunting Task in Buying $500 Homes: Evicting Poor Residents
Candice Bernd, Truthout: Despite a recent finding that fewer than 4 percent of drone strike casualties in Pakistan have been confirmed as members of al-Qaeda, critics fear the program will continue with impunity and even be boosted to combat the Islamic state.
Marjorie Cohn, Truthout: Robert McCulloch has a history of bias in favor of police involved in altercations with black men. But, ignoring the pleas of 7,000 residents in and near Ferguson who signed a petition, McCulloch refused to recuse himself in the Darren Wilson case.
Ellen Dannin, Truthout: The NLRB has launched a new website as part of an effort to beef up employee rights. But how many workers who need to know their rights can read and understand it?
Jessica Ramos, Care2: Centuries after the first pilgrims and Native Americans came together in peace to give thanks (so the story goes), Native-American youth have nothing close to peace. A new 120-page report from the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee screams that they are in crisis.
Isaiah Thompson, ProPublica: An analysis of federal government data adds new details to what’s known about the routes taken by trains carrying crude oil. Local governments are often unaware of the potential dangers they face.
Diana Anahi Torres, OtherWords: Farmworkers don’t qualify for reprieve under President Obama’s recent executive action on deportation unless they’ve lived in the United States for five years and have kids who are US citizens or permanent residents with green cards.
John Feffer, Foreign Policy in Focus: Washington needs to recognize that its Pacific pivot is adding insecurity to the region, not stability. With its arms sales and encouragement of ally assertiveness, the United States is bringing peace to the region just like the Colt .45 “Peacemaker” brought peace to the Wild West.
Leo Gerard, Campaign for America’s Future: Suffering amnesia about their personal histories, nativist Republicans want to expel the 11.7 million unauthorized immigrants, the people who harvest the United States’ Thanksgiving vegetables and care for US toddlers and grannies.
Robert Weiner and Florian Prommer, Mass Live: Pope Francis has just announced he will be coming to the US next year for a conference on families. The new Pope is widely popular, but he and the Church must take stronger actions than ones to date on the victims and perpetrators of clerical child abuse.
Allison Wilson, Independent Science News: Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald’s new book, The Real Cost of Fracking: How America’s Shale Gas Boom Is Threatening Our Families, Pets, and Food describes the results of their research on fracking’s health impacts.
The BuzzFlash commentary for Truthout will return soon.
Protesters Target Black Friday Sales in Ferguson
Police Arrest 338 in LA: No Warnings, “Penned in,” Arrested, Protesters Say
Working for Walmart Is Even Worse Than You Think
Gunman Dead After Shooting Up Austin Police Headquarters
Selma and Fruitvale Station Directors Lead Black Friday Protest Over Ferguson
Mexico’s President Aims to Strengthen Police After Students’ Abduction
At Home Legally – for Now
Thank you Laura! I’ve been trying to explain this set up to the “dong-dinar currency revalue” followers that I know. I’m so glad this is outlined so clearly in this article, anyone can understand what is going on.
I awoke in the wee hours of the morning empathing that exuberant and fluttery feeling of completely ungrounded “liberation.” That moment when someone realizes s/he has burst through old barriers but has yet to anchor the wanted changes into tangible, lasting reality. This sort of “revolution” lives up to its definition: it moves in a circle with initial 180 degree change only to arrive right back where we began. That’s why I support evolution rather than revolution. Why I celebrate, honor and strive for transmutation as opposed to “put a bird on it.”
Although most people won’t accept responsibility for the true opportunities presented in such wildly exuberant collective energy, if an individual exercises extreme discipline and discernment, the breakthrough, this “Zeitgeist” really can lead to liberation. That’s why my “Happy Gratitude Day” post suggests people “make a wish” in this time of peculiar disturbance in the Force. The key…
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William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: We live in a world of shrinking margins, of narrowing visions, a world ruled and ruined by fools. This is the fact of our time, and no one is going to fix it today. Tomorrow, perhaps, but in the meantime, hold close what you hold most dear, and give thanks for the chance of that holding.
Ben Agger, Truthout: Canadians can access socialist imaginary through the Canadian New Democratic Party; with a Democratic Party that has no vision of utopia, US Americans access socialist imaginary through Thanksgiving. Holidays bear utopia as the negation of present suffering, a political resource at a time when mainstream Democrats cannot out-right the right.
Jim Hightower, OtherWords: Most Americans will get a much-deserved break from work on Thanksgiving Day. But millions of others won’t. Wal-Mart, Target, Macy’s, Radio Shack, and other retailers are requiring their low-paid workers to put in a shift.
Ellen Dannin, Portside: Facing increasing opposition abroad over the past several decades, global water privatizers have begun to see US cities as expansion markets.
Jedediah Purdy, YES! Magazine: For some, racial inequality and fear are raw realities every day, and anything inspiring in American history rings false and remote. For others, the call to reflect on injustice feels like a personal accusation. But we are caught in this history together.
Carlos Garcia, Puente Movement: Our organizing is based in the idea that when you organize from below, defending the most vulnerable, you lift everyone else up with you. When the most stigmatized have their humanity recognized, everyone else’s expands as well.
Dr. Philip Caper, Bangor Daily News: Patients are losing confidence in their doctors, while doctors are losing confidence in our ability to do the right thing for our patients. These trends are collateral damage caused by our increasingly corporatized, commodified and commercialized US health care “industry.”
Gareth Porter, Middle East Eye: The US posture in talks with Iran has reflected the perspective of a dominant power accustomed to employing coercive power.
Kate Arnoff, Waging Nonviolence: The work grassroots organizers have been doing to put pressure on the White House since well before the 2008 election is paying off.
The BuzzFlash commentary for Truthout will return soon.
Mexican Activist Who Fed Train-Hopping Immigrants is Slain
Mass Imprisonment and Public Health
Video Shows Cleveland Officer Shooting 12-Year-Old Tamir Rice Within Seconds
Lawmakers Urge Calm, Offer Few Policy Prescriptions in Wake of Ferguson
A New Business Strategy: Treating Employees Well
Thomas Piketty Is Right: Income Inequality Is Holding Us Back
California Case Could Be a Pivotal Moment in Ending the War on Marijuana
Thank you Cindy! As always your ability of capturing the vivid colours and patterns, and the locus genii of a place on film is spectacular.
Where I live was also long ago part of the Aztlan Empire, and we have a lot of influences and people from there-even though we are not so close to the border. Something about subtropical climate and vivid, creative colours seem designed to go together.
I was born in San Diego.
It is a cultural crossroad, the most southwestern US city that shares a border with Mexico.
The phenomenal artistic influence of Mexico is everywhere, which is probably why I so love the creative use of vibrant color.
Mexicans owned this territory, long before we ever got here, and before we subsequently declared many of them “illegal immigrants”.
Old Town in San Diego celebrates Mexican art, food, and culture.
It preserves many of the area’s original adobe ranchos, as well as the old pioneer homesteads, which I will show you in the next post.
Cheers to you from San Diego’s vibrant multi-cultural crossroads.
Thank you Jean! I’ve been astonished and shocked both by American propaganda, I mean “media coverage” of Ukraine and of the seemingly exactly like it was in Orwell’s novel 1984 brainwashed by media opinions held by even intelligent, well educated, professional Americans. People have been telling me that Russia “took over” Crimea *Before* the Maidan coup! History is rewritten even as it’s happening.
I have been praying for all the people in Ukraine, the separatist republics and nearby that the violence will stop with safety and justice immediately. I imagine how we were in Occupy and think “There but for the Grace of God…”
I am so glad you are all ok. Thank you also from me to all my readers who prayed. Together we really can do anything-even solve the mountains of problems besetting our world today.
Friends, as I write this, I am fighting severe exhaustion. Yet, I am alive and well along with my family. What all of us here in Lancaster, NY have witnessed, is a Miracle. The tons of snow that was dumped on us in 2 days, was predicted to cause massive flooding. It did not. Because we experienced a slow thaw, right before our very eyes, the snow just seemed to disappear.
Even the local waters are already receding. I went out this afternoon to get some shots of local creeks, and to be truthful, was disappointed. The “drama” I had expected was not there. That is good news for the residences that live by these creeks, for no flooding happened as was foretold.
We all here are so relieved Winter Storm Knife is over, and we are trying to get back to a normal routine. This may take a few…
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