Henry A. Giroux, Truthout: State-sanctioned torture is not just a US export; it’s part of a long history of domestic terrorism. We must connect the dots between the same lawlessness and culture that subjects foreign nationals to brutal violence, and provides immunity for killer cops at home.
Julie Fisher-Rowe, Truthout: Immigration advocates need to speak out and work to replace the dominant narrative around “border security” and “law and order” with a proactive, values-based story about what kind of communities we all want to live in.
Victoria Law, Truthout: Those who check the box on college applications asking about their criminal past can face obstacle after obstacle gaining a higher education. In New York, students who have had to check the box are organizing to ban it.
Gareth Porter, Truthout: The Senate torture report reveals how senior CIA officials concealed the agency’s false account of its torture program, focused on Osama bin Laden’s courier and used the film Zero Dark Thirty to popularize its own line while suppressing evidence that contradicted it.
Dr. Vandana Shiva, Independent Science News: “A recent article in The New Yorker contains many lies and inaccuracies that range from the mundane … to grave fallacies that affect people’s lives. The piece has now become fodder for the social media supporting the biotech industry.”
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Elizabeth Warren is a populist, and if there was one good sign from this year’s midterm elections it’s that Americans of all stripes, even those living in red states, support a populist agenda.
Rebecca Cordell, The Conversation: The United States and its allies complicit in the illegal, secret detention and torture program are now busily proclaiming that the torture described in the Senate report was wrong, shameful and now a thing of the past. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Steve Horn, DeSmogBlog: The US Senate has approved the Defense Authorization Act of 2015. The pork-barrel legislation contains a provision – among other controversial measures – to streamline permitting for hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) on US public lands.
Marian Wang, ProPublica: A top official in the New York State Comptroller’s Office has urged regulators to require more transparency on charter school finances. The response has been, well, nonexistent.
Brendan Fischer, PR Watch: According to a new report, when a state or local government subsidizes a major corporation like Walmart or Amazon, it is doing the most to intensify economic inequality by enriching individuals at the very top of the income hierarchy while also perpetuating poor quality jobs at the bottom.
Robert Weiner and Joseph Abay, Michigan Chronicle: The families should not be faced with a brick wall of prosecutors they think are immunized from action when lawsuits are in fact possible, especially in glaring circumstances. Civil suits against the prosecutors are another route for damages for the families of Eric Garner, Michael Brown and Tamir Rice.
An Actual, Positive Foreign Policy Move: US to Recognize That Cuba Exists
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Amidst ruinous and deadly US foreign policy, the diplomatic shunning of Cuba by the United States stood as a singular act of international stupidity.
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Abolishing the CIA
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