Dahr Jamail, Truthout: Losing Arctic sea ice due to rising global temperatures means releasing larger amounts of previously trapped methane into the atmosphere. This process will magnify the effects of climate disruption, which, scientists warn, threaten all plants, animals and humans on earth.
Mara Kardas-Nelson, Truthout: With lax US and state government oversight of frac sand mining, a little-known industry producing a key component of fracking, it is up to cities and towns in Wisconsin to fight off powerful mining interests, and the state of Iowa is taking note.
Eddie Conway, The Real News Network: Truthout’s Maya Schenwar, author of Locked Down, Locked Out, continues her discussion, this time focusing on alternatives to mass incarceration.
Darius Shahtahmasebi, Truthout: As the US-led coalition continues to bomb ISIS and support rebels fighting the Syrian government, it’s only logical that Bashar al-Assad will eventually become the target of the US campaign.
Graham Peebles, Truthout: A shining example of African economic growth, a willing ally in the “war on terror” and a strategically convenient base from which the United States launches deadly Reaper drones over Yemen and Somalia, Ethiopia is also an egregious violator of human rights.
Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism: Why did Elizabeth Warren lose her battle to stop banks from parking $7 trillion notional value of risky derivatives like the credit defaults swaps in taxpayer-backstopped depositaries? One of the less recognized reasons is that the Congressional Budget Office’s dubious analysis said it would not cost taxpayers a dime.
Gareth Porter, Middle East Eye: For decades, the United States and its European allies have committed one error after another in the process of creating a commonly held narrative that Iran was secretly pursuing a nuclear weapons program. The story of how suspicions of the Iranian program hardened into convictions is a cautionary tale.
Cat Johnson, Care2: With the recent announcement that the United States will normalize relations with Cuba, change is in the air for the island country. Just a few years ago, Cuba began shifting its economy from state-controlled enterprises to citizen-controlled cooperatives. Will this trend continue?
Lynn Stuart Parramore, Institute for New Economic Thinking: Groundbreaking research by economist Alan Taylor shows that today‘s advanced economies depend on private sector credit more than ever before. Do we just fasten our seat belts for a bumpy ride, or is there a way to safeguard the financial system going forward?
Sarah van Gelder, YES! Magazine: It is true that all of us need a basic level of material security. But after that, more stuff does not bring more happiness. Research shows that sustainable happiness comes from other sources, like having meaningful work to do and having authentic relationships.
Rory Fanning, TomDispatch: “If, by any chance, you haven’t signed that Option 40 contract yet, you don’t have to. You can be an effective counter-recruiter without being an ex-military guy. Young people across this country desperately need your energy, your desire to be the best, your pursuit of meaning.”
In today‘s On the News segment: According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, 2014 was hotter than any other year in its 120 years of record-keeping; California has big plans for reducing its carbon footprint; scientists have discovered the most Earth-like planet ever found outside of our solar system; and more.
Chaplain Employed by For-Profit Prison Accused of Whitewashing Immigrant Detention Abuses
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: As with the prison system in general, for-profit corporations that run immigrant jails are interested in filling the maximum number of beds in order to achieve increased profit.
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