Anne Elizabeth Moore, Truthout: Anti-trafficking organizations are said to do work both progressives and conservatives agree needs doing. Yet despite enormous budgets, and the month of January being dedicated to human trafficking awareness, it’s not clear these organizations can possibly be accomplishing what they claim.
C.J. Polychroniou, Truthout: The decisive victory of Syriza, the Coalition of the Radical Left, is a historic event for the Greek left. Still, it would be a mistake to interpret Syriza’s win as reflecting an ideological shift among Greek voters, rather than an act of desperation against austerity.
Janet Allon, AlterNet: Noam Chomsky had some choice words about the popularity of American Sniper, its glowing New York Times review and what the worship of a movie about a cold-blooded killer says about the US public. It’s not good.
Michael Winship, Moyers & Company: Over the last few months, things have been looking good for keeping the internet open to everyone. A little too good, as far as Congress is concerned, which is why members and the corporate lobbyists who write them hefty checks have launched a last-ditch legislative effort to scuttle net neutrality.
Danica Jorden, Truthout: A Salvadoran woman sentenced to 30 years for the alleged murder of her “unborn child” in 2007, when she was just 18, has been granted a pardon. She is one of 17 women currently imprisoned in El Salvador after having unintentionally miscarried during their pregnancies.
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: When Republicans whine about the US having a deficit problem, they’re right. It’s not our federal deficit that’s the problem, though. It’s the deficit in our spending on infrastructure, on education and on job creation that’s really keeping our country down.
Shannan Stoll, YES! Magazine: An app that combines the affordability of ride sharing with the reliability of taxis. Playgrounds built as sponges for reusable gray water. From Finland to California, the cities of the future are here.
Leticia Miranda, ProPublica: Obama is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to challenge a wave of state laws blocking the construction of municipal broadband networks, which are high-speed internet services run by local communities. Here’s what you need to know about the president’s proposal.
Marcy Wheeler, Expose Facts: The government engaged in a great deal of security theater during the Jeffrey Sterling trial, most notably by having some CIA witnesses – including ones whose identities weren’t, technically, secret – testify behind a big office divider so the general public couldn’t see the witness.
Kate Aronoff, Waging Nonviolence: As with most significant progressive reforms in US history, confronting both climate change and extraction will take the pressure of a popular movement that sees climate issues as part and parcel with economic ones.
John Feffer, TomDispatch: If the European Union doesn’t come up with a better recipe for dealing with economic inequality, political extremism and social intolerance, its opponents will soon have the power to hit the rewind button on European integration.
Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: The Swiss National Bank managed a credible regime change. Unfortunately, it was a change in the wrong direction. By throwing in the towel on the peg to the euro, the bank immediately convinced markets that its previous apparent commitment to do whatever it took to avoid deflation was null and void.
In today‘s On the News segment: Human activity has compromised about half of the natural processes that maintain the stability of our planet; BP is being pressured by their investors; the Senate voted 98-1 that “climate change is real and is not a hoax”; and more.
Black NYPD Officers Experience Racial Profiling When Off-Duty
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: It is pitifully ironic that off-duty Black officers of the New York Police Department have experienced the racial profiling policies of their own police force – but it is not surprising.
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