Dahr Jamail, Truthout: As we continue to learn of terrifying developments resulting from human-caused climate disruption, scientists are now predicting mass die-offs and species extinctions, and rising rates of chronic disease in humans related to air pollution.
Lorenzo Del Savio and Matteo Mameli, Truthout: In the wake of the victory of progressive party Syriza in the January Greek general election, some talk about a coming European Spring – a democratic uprising against the political status quo that has imposed brutal austerity policies in Europe. Yet, given the ease with which elites capture government, not all proposed solutions lead to a democratic outcome.
Ben Beachy, Eyes on Trade: Here’s a rundown of the top 10 fibs and half-truths that US Trade Representative Michael Froman uttered before the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee in his sales pitch for the Obama administration’s bid to fast-track through Congress the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.
Jennifer Long, Truthout: Securus is an exploitative monopoly, and an unfortunate part of both prisoners’ and their families’ lives. The for-profit prison phone services company charges exorbitant fees, putting financial hardships on prisoners’ loved ones, many of whom already face economic pressures.
Dean Baker, Truthout: One of the provisions of the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill required that CEO pay packages be submitted to a non-binding “Say on Pay” vote of shareholders on a regular basis. Suppose corporate directors forfeited their pay whenever a CEO pay package was voted down, a bit less than 3 percent of the time.
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Seattle’s decision to throw the ball at the goal line with 20 seconds to go in last night’s Super Bowl was a costly one. But in the long run, it won’t be nearly as costly to the rest of the United States as the National Football League itself.
Cedric de Leon, Truthout: The lawsuit now before the Michigan Supreme Court is technically about whether the state’s 2012 right-to-work law applies to public employees, but it is really about the place of workers in US democracy.
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: Activists from the antiwar group CODEPINK attempted to perform a citizen’s arrest on former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger when he testified on global security challenges at a Senate Armed Services Committee meeting. CODEPINK cited Kissinger’s involvement in foreign policies that led to mass slaughter.
Marsha Coleman-Adebayo and Kevin Berends, Black Agenda Report: There is no “very high bar,” as Eric Holder cynically asserted during his recent diatribe at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, that needs to be met to establish the case that Darren Wilson intentionally violated Michael Brown’s civil rights.
Fabiana Frayssinet, Inter Press Service: The murder of a young Argentine girl on a beach in neighboring Uruguay shook both countries and drew attention to a kind of violence that goes almost unnoticed as a cause of death among Argentine adolescents: femicide.
Hyun Lee, Foreign Policy in Focus: On January 10, after detaining her for questioning on charges of violating the National Security Law, South Korea deported US citizen Shin Eun-mi and barred her from returning to the country for the next five years. In this interview, she reflects on the South Korean government’s decision.
In today‘s On the News segment: Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have been talking a lot about the middle class, but that talk is cheap; legal cannabis is the fastest growing industry in the United States; Greece has had enough of austerity; and more.
NYPD Commissioner Backs Off Idea of Police Patrolling Protests With Machine Guns
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The idea of police employing machine guns and sniper rifles to surround groups exercising their right to protest conjures memories of the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989.
President Obama Sends Congress Record $4 Trillion Budget Plan
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