Jeffrey B. Rubin, Truthout: Focusing on the problems already identified with the McMindfulness craze obscures a more profound issue – meditation neglects meaning. This not only opens the door to grave dangers, but also compromises meditation’s radical emancipatory potential.
Mark Karlin, Truthout: In this interview, Robert McChesney, author of Blowing the Roof Off the Twenty-First Century, discusses net neutrality advocacy, how the concentration of capital and media monopolies stifle democracy and his hopes for a post-capitalist democracy in the United States.
Kelly Hayes, Transformative Spaces: “We all know, or at least should realize, that our good intentions do not exempt us from the failings of our society. Despite all we have learned, we still stigmatize what we should not, and at times, put social expediency before the creation and maintenance of safer spaces.”
Alexis Dudden, Foreign Policy in Focus: In the fourth winter since the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan, many of the displaced residents are still in limbo, and more people have died from stress-related causes than from the initial disaster.
Marjorie E. Wood, OtherWords: Port truckers in California walked off the job in November to protest their dismal working conditions. They are denied the same employment rights that workers in the first Gilded Age fought so hard to achieve.
Robert Parry, Consortium News: The rapid expansion of the United States’ right-wing media began in the 1980s as the Reagan administration coordinated foreign policy initiatives with conservative media executives, including Rupert Murdoch, and then cleared away regulatory hurdles.
Crystal Shepeard, Care2: In 1958, Joan Williams was selected by her colleagues at Pasadena City Hall as “Miss Crown City.” When they discovered she was black, however, they immediately distanced themselves instead of celebrating the fact that Williams would be the first black woman to participate in an official capacity in the Rose Parade.
Staff, History News Network: Kate Brown is a historian at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County campus. At the 2015 annual meeting of the American Historical Association she spoke about the many ways all sides in the Ukraine crisis have been misusing history.
Dinah M. Mendes, Tikkun: Without Erich Fromm, “many of Freud and Marx’s ideas might have remained sequestered in academic isolation,” the author writes of Lawrence J. Friedman’s book about the psychoanalyst and social critic,The Lives of Erich Fromm: Love’s Prophet.
David Krieger offers a poem for humanity at a crossroads; Truthout’s own Kelly Hayespresents a photo essay on a #BlackLivesMatter event at Chicago’s Union Station; Jesse Hagopian connects the new civil rights movement across the country to resistance to so-called education “reform”; Lawrence Davidson predicts more deadly truck-related accidents on US highways in 2015 and other events based on this year’s federal budget; Tom Hastings argues for abolishing the “stupid” Second Amendment to the US Constitution;Yulia Malkina reports from Donetsk, Ukraine, how residents survive in the rubble; Pierre Guerlain speculates on the sudden disappearance of news about the Senate’s torture report from mainstream media; Dr. James Zogby recounts the reality of daily life for the present residents of the fabled town of Bethlehem; and more.
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