William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: We are not our brother’s keeper, despite all the strident oratory that would have us believe this nation actually stands for something beyond bedrock greed, lazy coddled indolence, and bluejeans on the cheap. That much, at least, was proven on Tuesday.
Jordan Flaherty, Truthout: An anti-sex-trafficking law recently passed in Alaska demonstrates the failure of the criminal justice system to help victims of trafficking. In fact, it seems to have made things worse for those most in need.
Aaron Cantú, Truthout: On November 2, 90-year-old Arnold Abbott and two pastors were charged by the Fort Lauderdale Police Department with giving food to hungry people. The rationale for Fort Lauderdale’s anti-homeless ordinance has everything to do with land and money.
Michael Nevradakis, Truthout: In this interview, Albrecht Ritschl, professor of economic history at the London School of Economics, discusses Germany’s unpaid war debts and reparations to Greece from World War II, and characterizes Germany as the biggest debt transgressor of the 20th century.
Rania Khalek, Extra!: Rather than challenge the obvious hypocrisy of the narrative that bombing Iraq is a “feminist rescue mission”, US corporate media outlets have acted as cheerleaders and stenographers, allowing the US government to hijack the deterioration of women’s rights as a selling point for perpetual war.
Laura Flanders, GRITtv: Alaskan lawmakers passed a law against sex trafficking, but who does it really affect? A documentary short from GRITtv captures the struggles of many women fighting against poverty and the Alaskan cold by engaging in sex work. Many of these women fear they will now become police targets.
Devon Douglas-Bowers, Occupy.com: The debtors’ prison is an old, decrepit institution that many thought was abolished in the 19th century, little more than a relic of the past. These prisons are making a serious comeback in the United States, which is deeply problematic for the poor and working class.
Harry Targ, The Rag Blog: Midterm election exit poll figures speak to the necessary expansion of electoral and “street heat” strategies that prioritize several issues. Progressives need to continue to combat racism and sexism in all its forms. This translates into reversing voter suppression laws and other tactics to stifle voting.
Carey L. Biron, Inter Press Service: While a major global campaign to cut down on tax evasion is picking up momentum, anti-poverty advocates say the initiative overlooks the world’s poorest countries. Global tax evasion has risen to the top of the global agenda in the aftermath of the 2007-08 financial crisis.
Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh, Democracy Now!: Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, discusses the company’s campaign for a successful genetically modified food labeling measure in its home state of Vermont, as well as one in Oregon that ultimately failed to pass on Tuesday.
Marisa Franco, #Not1More: The success or failure of the Democrats ought to be measured by the distance or proximity they have to the genuine efforts of the communities they’ve always considered locked-in voters.
In Fort Lauderdale, Jesus Would Have Been Arrested for Feeding the Homeless
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: There is a growing trend among cities to make compassion illegal.
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