William C. Anderson, Truthout: Now that Darren Wilson has not been indicted, Black Americans have been reminded again that their lives are regarded as of little worth. However, the burden of what needs to be done to change this issue is not a Black problem.
Jeff Clements and Lee Ketelsen, Truthout: Massachusetts devised the citizens’ ballot initiative at the beginning of the last century to inject some democracy into then-plutocratic governance. It mostly worked until the advent of Citizens United.
Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism: The idea that Goldman Sachs’ decisions are driven by simple reputational considerations rather than a desire to comply is reinforced by the leakage of this story to Wall Street’s most friendly news outlet, The New York Times’ Dealbook, prior to Senate hearings on the Carmen Segarra tapes.
Ted Dreier, Truthout: The controversy over US spy agencies is a footnote to a larger intelligence question raised by the most influential and lasting achievement of human action – the permanent degradation of earth’s capacity to sustain life. Are we intelligent?
Yulia Malkina and Translated by Dmitriy Kolesnik: One year after mass protests erupted in Kiev’s Maidan Square, a Ukrainian commentator looks back on a protest movement ostensibly aimed against “corruption,” devoted to forging economic and political ties with the leading capitalist countries and ultimately dominated by right-wing nationalism.
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Democrats must embrace a pro-government platform, not run away from it. If the Democratic Party is serious about taking back Washington in 2016, then it needs to embrace its base, and restore the US public’s faith in our government.
Robert Naiman, Truthout: In the struggle over the release of the CIA torture report, a litmus test of the ability and willingness of Congress to conduct any meaningful oversight of the CIA, outgoing Colorado Sen. Mark Udall may be the Senate Democrats’ last line of defense.
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: “I don’t think we can take away anything from this decision not to indict other than that it is now officially open season on black folks when it comes to police violence,” says Vince Warren, executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, who is just back from Ferguson.
Emily Cerciello, Next New Deal: In 2002, only 22 percent of private physician practices were owned by hospitals. Today, this number has climbed to more than 50 percent, and 75 percent of newly hired physicians are entering the workforce as hospital employees.
Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report: The lack of a Black political agenda will be all the more evident over the next two years. The plight of the undeserving Obama will be lamented even as life gets worse for the Black America he says doesn’t exist.
In today‘s On the News segment: According to a new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Walmart is one of the world’s biggest consumers of coal; learning a second language is like bodybuilding for your brain; the Food and Drug Administration is tasked with ensuring the safety of what we put into our bodies, but it has no authority over most of the stuff we put on our skin; and more.
Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: The collapse keeps not happening because the Fed is not a rogue trader and historical norms for interest rates aren’t relevant in a persistently depressed, deleveraging economy. But rather than acknowledge that they were wrong, billionaire traders continue to lash out and claim, “It’s all fake!”
Darren Wilson Prosecutor Was Biased From the Get-Go in the Middle of a Racist Cauldron
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: US history can only be understood through the lens of racism, and it is within that context that Michael Brown was killed.
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