Darryl Pinckney, The New York Review of Books: Ferguson feels like a turning point. For so many, Michael Brown’s death was the last straw. Black youth are fed up with being branded criminals at birth. Ferguson was the country stepping back in time or exposing the fact that change hasn’t happened where it’s most needed.
Michael Nevradakis, Truthout: After years of economic crisis and stifling economic austerity, all eyes are upon Greece once more, where the main opposition party, Syriza, is favored to emerge victorious in upcoming elections. Syriza’s economic platform, however, indicates positions that are far from radical.
Henry A. Giroux, Moyers & Company: One important measure of the demise of vibrant democracy and the corresponding impoverishment of political life can be found in the increasing inability of a society to translate private troubles to broader public issues.
Papri Sri Raman, Truthout: The Modi government came to power standing on an anti-corruption plank. However, little has been achieved in this area.
Stephanie Hallett, Ms. Magazine Blog: Research from the Feminist Majority Foundation reveals that clinics and doctors are faced with daily threats and intimidation. Nearly one in five clinics experienced severe anti-abortion violence.
Sharon Kelly, DeSmogBlog: The Environmental Protection Agency has been sued over toxic chemicals released into the air, water and land by the oil and gas industry.
Hakima Abbas, The Feminist Wire: There has been an outpouring of global solidarity for the Black movement in the United States by Black people in countries like South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Colombia, Brazil, the UK and France, and from non-Black people who are also fighting against imperialism around the world.
Zofeen Ebrahim, Inter Press Service: While many millions of people are lashing out at the Taliban for going on a bloody rampage in a school in Peshawar, the Citizens Foundation has busied itself with a pledge to build 141 schools for peace, one in the name of each person who lost their life on that terrible day.
Emily Schwartz Greco, OtherWords: Obama is channeling his inner Franklin Delano Roosevelt. What would FDR say about today‘s growing inequality and stagnant wages?
Mikey Weinstein, AlterNet: The Military Religious Freedom Foundation finds an Army recruiting poster that openly proselytizes. There exists a brutal, sectarian, Christian fundamentalist current within the US Armed Forces.
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