Victoria Law, Truthout: Private prisons hold only 8 percent of the US prison population. But for-profit companies have other ways of profiting from incarceration in local jails and state prisons.
Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout: In her new book, Snidelines: Talking Trash to Power, Susie Day uses wit and humor to critique contemporary politics, tackling subjects ranging from Occupy Wall Street, to political prisoners, to the hypocrisy of the religious right.
Joseph Natoli, Truthout: Globalized techno-capitalism will own the future when it totally owns the spin-making machinery. Now, as in the past, its principle weapon in our “psychomachia,” a battle within the US cultural psyche, is fear – from Red Scares to al-Qaeda to ISIS.
Esther Kaplan, The Nation: While 18.6 million people remain underemployed, millions of others are working more hours, and more intensely, than ever.
Robert Faturechi, ProPublica: Judicial retention elections in Kansas have typically been apolitical and uncontested – until Kansans for Justice entered the fray earlier this month. Now state election overseers are grappling with a new kind of dark money.
Christopher Zumski Finke, YES! Magazine: We can learn a lot about the future of culture wars from a “movement” of video game players angry about efforts to make gaming more welcoming for women.
Gerald E. Scorse, Los Angeles Times: Though President Obama pointed the way to a promising option for retirement savings with a government-sponsored account aimed at the millions of workers without access to an employer plan, the system has many flaws.
Making Contact, National Radio Project: In her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, Naomi Klein argues that while it’s too late to stop climate change, we can save our civilization. But it’s going to take radical steps that will transform the way humans interact with the world.
Ayano Ginoza, Michiko Hase and Gwyn Kirk, Foreign Policy in Focus: Despite intense crackdowns, activists on the Japanese island of Okinawa continue to resist the construction of new US military bases.
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