Santiago Navarro F., Renata Bessi and Translated by Miriam Taylor, Truthout: Soy was initially introduced to Brazil as part of a US military aid package. Today, its industrial cultivation results in a number of negative consequences, including deforestation and the expulsion of small-scale farmers from their land.
Marie-Monique Robin, The New Press: Our Daily Poisonexamines the origins of the modern chemical industry, from the epidemic of cancers and other diseases that exploded at the end of the 19th century to the idea of acceptable daily chemical intake.
Antonia Darder, Truthout: Rather than an oppressive and manipulative engine for capitalist accumulation, schools should function as centers of creativity and imagination where an ethos of democratic life is grounded upon cultural inclusiveness, social justice and economic democracy.
Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: JP Sottile discusses the rebranded School of the Americas, continued US military involvement in Central American conflicts and global military training with drug traffickers and terrorists replacing Communists.
Dave Johnson, Campaign for America’s Future: Every year Congress renews a package of “temporary” corporate tax breaks. Congress is working on this year’s extenders package, except this time it wants to make many of the tax breaks permanent.
Lindsey Konkel, Environmental Health News: The poor pay the highest cost of India’s dependence on coal. Already burdened by chronic disease, poor nutrition and inadequate health care, they also are highly exposed to air and water pollution.
Daniella Cheslow, McClatchy Newspapers: The olive harvest reflects the growing disparities between Palestinians who live in the West Bank and their more prosperous brethren who hold Israeli citizenship and grapple with a divided loyalty to people and country.
Martha Burk, OtherWords: The Trans-Pacific Partnership being negotiated in secret. However, here’s what we do know: This so-called “partnership” is an insult to US workers, and it’s especially bad news for women.
Inimai M. Chettiar and Lauren-Brooke Eisen, Brennan Center for Justice: The Department of Justice has made some subtle but important changes to its largest grant program, the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant, which improve the program’s transparency and accountability.
The Free Marissa Now Mobilization Campaign, after hearing news of Marissa Alexander’s plea deal this week, vows to organize until she is free; Carmel Hannan details how Irish communities are taking to the streets to protest a new water tax, but it’s not just about water or austerity; Jason Cervone examines why rural Americans so often vote against their own self-interests; Collette Flanagan reflects on what it means to join a delegation of mothers who have lost children at the hands of the police; Dr. Hakim says both his Afghan and American friends wish for the Afghan conflict to be resolved, but not through expansive war; Michelle Corbin understands that what is happening in Ferguson is not only a personal question, but also a political and pedagogical challenge; Frank Seo argues that a new chapter for the immigrant rights movement is only just beginning; and more.
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