Victoria Collier, Truthout: While the United States is already roaring with stories of visible attacks on democracy in the 2014 elections, other countries have banned electronic voting altogether, upholding citizens’ right to oversee their vote count by casting and counting paper ballots in public – still the gold standard in election integrity.
Noam Chomsky, Truthout: “It’s official: The United States is the world’s leading terrorist state, and proud of it.” That should have been the headline for the lead story in The New York Times on October 15, which was more politely titled “CIA Study of Covert Aid Fueled Skepticism About Helping Syrian Rebels.”
Jonathan D. Simon, Truthout: The author of CODE RED: Computerized Election Theft and the New American Centuryexamines how a series of corrupted elections can contaminate pre-election and exit polls and what that means as we try to make sense of the results of election 2014.
Michael Nevradakis, Truthout: In this episode chronicling Greece’s long history of media corruption and censorship, we look at the events surrounding the government’s sudden and largely unexpected shutdown of ERT, Greece’s national public broadcaster, who profited, and who lost.
Zoë Carpenter, The Nation: This is the year of the mega-donor: Just 42 people are responsible for nearly a third of Super PAC spending in the 2014 election cycle. Super PACs, meanwhile, are outspending the national parties.
Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company: Bernie Sanders, Vermont’s independent senator, is angry about what he sees as big money’s wholesale purchase of political power. It’s a grave threat, he believes, not only to our electoral process but to democracy itself.
Victoria Law, Waging Nonviolence: One can see the emotions that play across Dolores Canales’ face when she talks about solitary confinement. She and other women are locked into their cells 22 hours a day in the Administrative Segregation Unit at the California Institution for Women. Her son Johnny is now living through a similar experience.
Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, Black Agenda Report: Vonderrit Myers was murdered on October 9 by a moonlighting unidentified St. Louis police officer working as a private security guard. A news story this week, however, has provided more clues into the violent last 10 minutes of Myers’ short life.
Dan Bacher, Indy Bay: The Nature Conservancy, one of the largest recipients of Walton Family Foundation money every year, has joined Big Oil, corporate agribusiness, the health insurance industry, tobacco giant Philip Morris and greedy billionaires in dumping big money into the “Yes on Proposition 1” (state water bond) campaign.
Rebecca Solnit, TomDispatch: The arrival of the guys signifies a sea change, part of an extraordinary year for feminism, in which the conversation has been transformed, as have some crucial laws, while new voices and constituencies joined in.
In today‘s On the News segment: According to UNICEF, even in the world’s richest countries, children remain “the most enduring victims” of the recession; you are probably aware that the NSA could be spying on your online communication, but did you know that your “snail mail” may be being tracked too?; the average retail worker only makes about $20,000 dollars per year; and more.
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