Apologies for posting these all in a row. I’ve had several days where I was unable to keep up with email or the blog.
Maya Schenwar, Berrett-Koehler Publishers: In this excerpt from Locked Down, Locked Out, Maya Schenwar delves into the damage wrought by prison on families, whole communities and society at large.
Santiago Navarro F., Renata Bessi and Translated by Miriam Taylor, Truthout: For the first time in the history of Brazil, the federal government is investigating the deaths and abuses suffered by Indigenous peoples during military dictatorship (1964-1985). The death toll may be twenty times more than previously known.
Gar Alperovitz, Truthout: The 2014 midterms did not change the dominant reality we face – one of substantial ongoing political stalemate and decay – and this sets the terms of reference for those serious about long-term fundamental change.
Stephen Zunes, Truthout: No Gaza eyewitnesses found evidence of Hamas using human shields during the last conflict. Israel’s murder of civilians would have been a crime anyway, yet Congress seeks to undermine international law while ignoring inconvenient facts.
Mary Alice Crim and Candace Clement, OtherWords: Given the unprecedented public interest in net neutrality, many groups have urged the FCC to get out of Washington and host public hearings. So far, however, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has ignored this call.
Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: Truthout contributors Victoria Collier and former Vermont State Sen. Ben-Zion Ptashnik talk about the Republican agenda to rig voting systems and suppress democracy.
Lisa Graves, PR Watch: Rick Berman, the king of corporate front groups and propaganda, has been caught on tape detailing his attacks on public interest groups in the labor and environmental movements, including on efforts to increase the minimum wage for workers.
Sara Roy, The Conversation: What is at issue is the terms on which that assistance will be provided, and what political ends it will serve. Gaza does not just need aid; it needs freedom and the right to interact normally with the world. Anything short of this is unsustainable.
Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, Black Agenda Report: Kenny Nero, Jr. is a librarian at the Howard University Health Sciences Library and a community organizer by night. In this interview, he provides insights into a broad array of issues, including the philosophy and framework for the #DCFerguson Movement.
Richard D. Wolff, Economic Update / Truthout: This episode looks at election results, Ebola, mortgage rules, China limiting executives’ pay and who has the wealth. We also discuss election economics, child poverty, capitalism and democracy. Finally, we respond to listeners’ questions on changes at Costco, so-called “nonprofits,” why there are ever more billionaires and Piketty’s problem.
John La Forge criticizes the EPA for plans to increase standards for safe human radiation exposure; Glen Brown says public pension “reforms” actually breach contracts; Marcy Wheeler juxtaposes President Obama’s lip service to the need for a free press with his record of persecuting journalists; Musa al-Gharbi writes an open letter to set the record straight after the right-wing talk machine deliberately misrepresented an original op-ed published at Truthout, titled: “How Much Moral High Ground Does the US Have Over ISIS?”;Paul Brown points out that while Elizabeth Warren is the darling of the left, her foreign policy viewpoints are imperialist; Celeste Larkin and Martin Xavi Macias describe a new solidarity between Colombia’s black population and African-Americans; Rebecca Boylesquestions the role of companies in society and culture; and more.