Dahr Jamail, Truthout: The conviction of leading Palestinian activist Rasmea Odeh, 67, could set a troublesome precedent if evidence from a military court in a foreign country, in this case Israel, is allowed to stand in a US court.
Michael Nevradakis, Truthout: The economist and author Mark Blyth discusses the historical origins of austerity as an economic idea and the catastrophe of previous attempts to enforce austerity policies.
Edward Tick, Truthout: Though physically not in danger, US drone operators are not safe and are in harm’s way. They have severe difficulties in their service, are in deep pain and break down with post-traumatic stress disorder to significant degrees as a direct result of their physical immunity.
Roy Eidelson, Mikhail Lyubansky, and Kathie Malley-Morrison, Psychology Today: Michael Brown’s tragic death, the anguish of his family and the turmoil within his community are all salient reminders that the United States is still far from being a racially just and equitable society.
Sarah van Gelder, YES! Magazine: If you’ve been looking to the federal government for action on big challenges such as poverty, climate change and immigration, this has been a devastating decade. Look instead to cities, where new energy is transforming them into hotbeds of democracy and progressive innovation.
Jill Richardson, OtherWords: Drug testing for food stamps wastes taxpayer money and stigmatizes economic hardship. Very few people facing poverty have the luxury to dabble in drugs. If you’re poor enough to qualify for food stamps, you’re really poor.
Moshe Z. Marvit, In These Times: If you’d like a sense of what an employer’s campaign to try to destroy a union looks like in the 21st century, take a look at a recent National Labor Relations Board decision against the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where it was ruled the hospital engaged in a series of discriminatory practices against workers who have been trying to organize a union since 2012.
Anya Skatova, The Conversation: Universities should provide arts and humanities students with more focus in their undergraduate courses that can make them more structured in achieving their career goals.
Making Contact, National Radio Project: In September 2014, Women Rising radio rode the People’s Climate train coast to coast, with over 200 activists heading to New York City to join the largest climate change march in history.