Noam Chomsky, Truthout: The role of intellectuals and radical activists must be to assess and evaluate, to attempt to persuade, to organize, but not to seize power and rule. Intellectuals must be prepared to face repression and to act in defense of the values they profess.
Candice Bernd, Truthout: A lawyer on behalf of Dallas Communities Organizing for Change filed an administrative complaint with the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division alleging the Dallas Police Department has participated in a pattern and practice of excessive deadly force against African-Americans and Hispanics.
Paul Gottinger and Ken Klippenstein, Truthout: In the six months since Thailand’s military coup, the United States has exported tens of millions of dollars’ worth of military equipment to the unelected government there and continues to cooperate closely with the Thai military.
Ellen Brown, The Web of Debt Blog: The new rules prioritize the payment of banks’ derivatives obligations to each other, ahead of everyone else. That includes not only depositors, public and private, but the pension funds that are the target market for the latest bail-in play, called “bail-inable” bonds.
Umar Farooq, Truthout: Syria’s Sunni Arab opposition is questioning the decision by the United States and its allies to attack ISIS, which they say has left little space for any “moderate” opposition to win the civil war.
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: The millions lining up for bargain deals on the latest electronics isn’t a good thing. It’s a sign of the deterioration of the United States. It’s a sign of just how bad it has gotten for the working class in the US.
Robert Naiman, Truthout: While retiring Sen. Carl Levin’s seat may have been a safe hold for Democrats, it was not a safe hold for Democratic supporters of President Obama’s diplomatic engagement with Iran. On Iran diplomacy, Senator-elect Gary Peters is no Carl Levin.
Rebecca Solnit, TomDispatch: When you look at Las Vegas from an aerial perspective you see the aggressiveness of developments: the forcing of green, of trees and bushes and vines in a dry place, the forcing of the iconography on a place whose essential characteristics are irrelevant to buyers.
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was cleared of ordering the killing of hundreds of protesters during the uprising against his regime almost four years ago. The decision, which came on a technicality, means he will walk free after finishing a prison term on corruption charges.
Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers: The only thing as bad as being tortured for months as a captive of jihadists in Syria was dealing with the US government afterward, according to one former hostage. American Matt Schrier said the bureaucracy he endured upon his return home was a second kind of nightmare.
Fabiana Frayssinet, Inter Press Service: The boom in unconventional fossil fuels has revived indigenous conflicts in southwest Argentina. Twenty-two Mapuche communities who live on top of Vaca Muerta, the geological formation where the reserves are located, said they were not consulted about the use of their ancestral lands.
In today‘s On the News segment: Global temperatures could rise by as much as 4 degrees Celsius by the time today‘s teens hit their 80th birthday; your text messages could be ruining your back; a wide majority of the US public supports regulations on power plants; and more.
Sunshine State Guts Solar Power Inducements at Behest of Fossil Fuel Industry
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The sun may be a source of prodigious clean and free power, but even in a state where the sun is often hot enough to cook an egg on the hood of a car, the dinosaur polluting power companies have gotten their way.
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Obama Resists Demands to Curtail Police Militarization, Calling Instead for Improved Officer Training