Mara Kardas-Nelson, Truthout: Farmers and environmental activists are trying to fight a proposed pipeline that would bring Bakken crude through Iowa. With little information from the company or the government, however, they’re left in the dark – and are struggling to organize across ideological divides.
Tom Engelhardt, Haymarket Books: None of the frameworks we normally call on to understand the national security state capture the irrationality, genuine inanity and actual madness that lie at its heart. Perhaps reimagining what has developed in these last decades as a faith-based system – a new national religion – would help.
Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: Tasasha Henderson, Monica Trinidad and Ash Stephens talk about domestic abuse, state violence and the upcoming trial of Marissa Alexander – a Florida woman who may face up to 60 years in prison because of the state’s mandatory minimum sentencing laws.
George Joseph, The Nation: While Teach For America has failed at providing the nation with many long-term educators, it has provided a stream of political operatives who have gone on to help fuel their former organization’s expansion and codify its narrow, corporate vision of education reform.
Marjorie E. Wood, OtherWords: According to Steve Siebold – a multimillionaire and author of the book How Rich People Think – billionaires like Walmart founder Sam Walton’s affluent heirs deserve their wealth because they think, feel and act differently than ordinary people.
Lindsey Konkel, Environmental Health News: Boys exposed in the womb to high levels of di-isononyl phthalate – a chemical found in vinyl products – are born with slightly altered genital development, according to new research.
Ava Thompson Greenwell, The Chicago Reporter: “What will it take for African-American female crime victims to get the national news coverage they deserve? Perhaps more African-American women journalism managers are needed.”
Nassrine Azimi, The Asia-Pacific Journal: If natural disasters are simply unavoidable, then for a country smaller than the state of California and with more than three times the population, the presence of nuclear power plants seems, to say the least, a little akin to playing Russian roulette.
Nicholas Powers, The Indypendent: Ebola will ultimately be contained or tragically burn itself out among the poor. It is not a species threat. Yet the waves of terror sweeping across the world have already moved us rightward, reinforcing a conservative vision across the divide between the Third and First Worlds.
Gail Smith writes about the urgent need to approve emergency clemency for Niurca Torres;Norman Solomon and Marcy Wheeler report on a new campaign starting with a billboard in Seattle near Amazon headquarters questioning why the CIA is on Amazon’s cloud; Lamont Lilly suggests the police report on 17-year-old Lennon Lacy’s death conceals a lynching in North Carolina; Robert Bruce Ware dissects racism as it relates to state violence and “open carry” gun rights; Turning Point Suffragist Memorial and Suffrage Wagon News Channelannounce a partnership to observe November 15 as the “Night of Terror” campaign against women’s suffrage activists; Reprieve reports that 76 members of Congress have demanded to see tapes of the abusive force-feeding practice at Guantánamo Bay; activists from Gas Free Seneca put their bodies on the line to protect Seneca Lake and the Finger Lakes from a gas storage facility built by an out-of-state corporation; Tony Pereiraexcoriates a California Department of Food and Agriculture plan to allow pesticide spraying anywhere, any time; Tamanna Rahman and Brendan Smith talk about how nurses have become frontline climate workers; and more.
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