Richard Smith, Truthout: To prevent wholesale global ecological collapse we must radically retrench and close down swathes of unsustainable industries in the North, sustainably industrialize the South, and “converge and contract” around a sustainable mode of life within the framework of a global eco-socialist economy.
Mariame Kaba, Prison Culture: In her new book, Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better, Maya Schenwar writes heart-wrenchingly and unsparingly about the ravages wrought on human beings by the prison-industrial complex. She tells a personal story of how her sister Kayla’s repeated encounters and contacts with the criminal punishment system have impacted her and her family’s lives.
Candice Bernd, Truthout: Purchase orders reveal the Houston Police Department has been using the technology since 2012 to sweep up not only the cellphone data of targeted suspects – but also innocent bystanders. Civil liberties groups in Texas are pushing more stringent guidelines in the next legislative session.
Dave Zirin, The Nation: In the sports world, crimes of white athletes are seen as the moral failings of an individual, while the crimes of black athletes are processed by the media as a collective commentary on everyone who both happens to play sports and have black skin.
Richard D. Wolff, Truthout: What “freedoms” were achieved with the fall of the Berlin Wall? What “freedoms” are still denied citizens of the former German Democratic Republic, and citizens of most capitalist countries?
Annie Hylton, Truthout: As the United States “celebrates” Veterans Day, President Obama has sent a delegation to appear before the United Nations Committee Against Torture. It is the first time during his presidency that independent experts will review the United States’ record.
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: George W. Bush and Dick Cheney are guilty of murder, including that of paralyzed Iraq War veteran and antiwar activist Tomas Young. They knowingly sent thousands of young people to die in a fight that was a based on a lie.
Arthur MacEwan, Dollars & Sense: The rapid growth of several low-income and middle-income countries has pulled many people out of abject poverty. However, rising inequality within a country tends to undermine social cohesion and generate stress at virtually all levels of society.
Michelle Chen, The Nation: Employers get away with rampant wage theft because of ineffective, understaffed regulatory agencies, or because workers are fearful about complaining, or just unaware of their legal entitlements.
Nick Surgey, PR Watch: Amid increased criticism of its role opposing action to tackle climate change and teaching climate change denial, ALEC lost the software company SAP America due to ALEC’s position on climate change, gun safety, opposition to renewable energy, and its attacks on voter rights.
Lucy McKeon, Dissent: Using camera phones and social media, it’s now easier to document and publicize police brutality cases. More importantly, such recordings provide accounts of incidents that were once simply the word of a witness against that of an officer.
Tar Sands Oil Could Flow in Canada Through Largest Capacity Pipeline in North America
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Approval of the Energy East project by the conservative government in Ottawa would have perilous implications for accelerating global warming on a massive scale.
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