Victoria Collier, Truthout: A simmering water war is about to come to a boil over the fate of historic, well-loved public reservoirs in Portland, Oregon. At the heart of the controversy is a breakdown in public trust that reflects the dangers of corporate-led water privatization schemes.
Salvatore Babones, Truthout: The economy is booming. So where are the jobs? The current expansion won’t last forever, and we need at least 10 million new jobs before the next recession hits.
Kay Whitlock and Michael Bronski, Truthout: The use of The Interview and Sony hack drama to push the US Senate’s torture report off mass media’s front pages, promote the war on terror and obscure US involvement in political assassination and destabilization of other governments was a classic example of misdirection.
Lawrence S. Wittner, History News Network: Increasingly, modern US conservatism resembles a giant wrecking ball, powered by hate-spewing demagogues to undermine or destroy long-cherished institutions.
Richard Sale, Truthout: Experts say old rivals in areas overrun by the Islamic State use religion as a cover for their territorial ambitions. Hatred between Shiites and Sunnis has thus become a fixed and dominating factor in Iraq’s communal life, and today it produces endless internal chaos in Syria and Iraq.
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Would people be as willing to call the Paris attack “terrorism” if the suspects involved were white or members of a right-wing hate group? Probably not.
Ronald M. Glassman and Gerald E. Scorse, Los Angeles Times: Congress could pass a financial transaction tax and dedicate the proceeds to providing equal opportunity for college, in a show of dedication to equal access to education and opportunity.
Madeline Ostrander, YES! Magazine: The urban drainage ways of Los Angeles can never quite look like wild creeks, but restoring some of their capacity to store, slow and filter water fixes many problems at once.
Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance: After years of working toward universal health care using the framework of human rights, the people of Vermont were spurned. This turn of events provides an important lens for examining what happened in the advocacy for health reform and what must be done now.
William K. Black, New Economic Perspectives: In finance, because of the deliberate destruction of effective financial regulation, our only means of bringing light to the dark places where the elites “doeth evil” is whistleblowers.
Eugene Cordero, Green Ninja: This first episode of “The Green Ninja,” a fun and educational video series about environmentalism, reviews the question, “What’s the best bag? Paper or plastic?”
Jeffrey Sterling is set to go on trial for espionage this month. He is accused of blowing the whistle on the CIA, which gave nuclear weapon blueprints to Iran. Blowing the whistle on government recklessness is a public service, not a crime.
Loss of Food Stamps Looms for Unemployed Adults as Blast of Cruelty Hits US
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The possibility of implosion persistently looms over the US economy, but a moral disintegration of the nation has been simmering for decades.
After “Charlie Hebdo” Attack in Paris, Senators Rush to Undermine Defense Reforms in the US
US Media Mostly Ignore Bomb That Exploded Outside NAACP Office in Colorado Springs
Fracking Ban Bill Introduced in Florida
More Than 90 Percent of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Campaign Money Comes From the US
Why Are the Police More Valued Than the People?
Shell to Pay $84 Million Settlement Over Niger Delta Oil Spill
The US Has More Jails Than Colleges – Here’s a Map of Where Those Prisoners Live