Henry A. Giroux, Truthout: When fear and terror become the organizing principles of a society in which the tyranny of the state has been replaced by the despotism of an unaccountable market, violence becomes the only valid form of control. The system has not failed.
Mike Ludwig, Truthout: Despite the embarrassing loss of corporate members like Google and Facebook over climate concerns, ALEC’s environmental agenda is as terrifying as ever, and midterm Republican victories may make it a reality.
Roger Annis, Truthout: The world’s mainstream media have failed to report that the United States, Canada and Ukraine voted against a resolution at the United Nations November 21 committing to combatting racism and xenophobia in all its forms.
José-Antonio Orosco, Truthout: The issue is not that there are just a few racist police officers across the country. It is about institutional power, stereotypes and social roles. People of goodwill alone cannot overcome the structural violence of racism.
Patrick Glennon, Truthout: In a piece of holiday season propaganda, two Koch machine lackeys spin the billionaire brothers into saintly givers. In their op-ed, titled “Pope Francis, the Kochs, and how the wealthy can help the poor,” they argue that libertarian activists pursue the same egalitarian ends as Pope Francis.
Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research: The economy added 321,000 jobs in November, the strongest gain since it added 360,000 in January of 2012. With upward revisions to the prior two months data, the average job gain over the last three months has been 275,000. The household survey showed unemployment unchanged at 5.8 percent.
s.e. smith, Care2: As protestors employ “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” across the United States, athletes, too, have the right to use the gesture. One might argue that they almost have an obligation. Athletes are in a position of influence, and by adopting the gesture, they can send a powerful message.
Jonathan Rosenblum, YES! Magazine: A lead organizer of the protests against the World Trade Organization in 1999 remembers Tyree Scott, a quiet presence in the labor movement who urged unity when it mattered most.
Nina Martin, ProPublica: The central issue in Peggy Young v. United Parcel Service is simple enough: To what extent does the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 require employers to accommodate the health needs of pregnant women? But the potential repercussions of the gender rights case could be wide-ranging.
Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report: For nearly six years, Black Americans have supported President Obama overwhelmingly, only to be treated with disdain. He has gotten away with this disrespect because of misplaced allegiance to racial solidarity and racist attacks against him. But the day of reckoning may have finally arrived via Ferguson, Missouri.
Richard D. Wolff, Truthout: This week’s episode provides updates on Ferguson and Portland as symptoms of economic decline, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ fight for worker co-ops, homelessness in New York City and the rising political left in Greece, Spain and now Ireland. We interview activist and author Steve Early on the present and future of the US labor movement.
Darren Wilson Reportedly Received a Large Financial Gain as a Result of Killing Michael Brown
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: That corporate mainstream “news” allegedly is a large contributor to the mass media-age bounty being paid for Michael Brown’s death is abominable.
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