Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout: Several US towns, among them Ave Maria, Florida; Colorado City, Arizona; Hildale, Utah; and Kiryas Joel, New York; raise important concerns about the free exercise of religion and the separation of church and state.
Michael Nevradakis, Truthout: The impunity with which successive Greek governments and Greece’s media moguls operate makes the Greek case stand out in a world where media concentration and deregulation are a fact of life in many countries – with devastating consequences for democracy.
s.e. smith, Care2: The city of Teotihuacan, mysteriously abandoned some 2,000 years ago, is home to an amazing array of ancient, but largely unfathomable, structures. It’s recognized as a Unesco World Heritage site, in a nod to its archaeological, cultural and historical importance.
Ted Morgan, Truthout: As we observe important 50-year anniversaries – the war on poverty, Civil Rights Act, urban riots, Mississippi Freedom Summer, Vietnam War and the free speech movement – we are also losing awareness of the power and potential of direct political action.
Mary Hansen and Kayla Schultz, YES! Magazine: So the national elections didn’t go so well. But across the country, from California to North Dakota, citizens made decisions that will give you reason to hope.
Deepa Panchang and Beverly Bell, OtherWorlds: Problems peasant women face are invisibility in the feminist and women’s movements and the weakness with which the food sovereignty concept has dealt with the challenges of feminism, according to Pamela Caro, director of the Program of Labor Citizenship with the Women’s Development Research Center.
Leslee Goodman, The MOON Magazine: Hilal Elver is the United Nations’ special rapporteur on the right to food. In this interview, she discusses agroecology, the green revolution, climate change and their impacts on access to food globally.
Marjorie E. Wood, OtherWords: The federal minimum wage for tipped workers is only $2.13, meaning they are generally financially insecure. For women who make their living off tips, sexual harassment is a constant workplace peril.
Mark Jaycox, Electronic Frontier Foundation: The Patriot Act continues to wreak its havoc on civil liberties. The latest government report reveals only 51 out of 11,000 so-called “sneak and peak” warrants were used for terrorism.
Nadine Bloch, Waging Nonviolence: Every now and then there is an action that hits all the right notes. The right song at the right moment speaks in more languages and shifts energy in more ways than we can technically articulate.
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