Nicki Lisa Cole and Jenny Chan, Truthout: Though Apple claims that 2014 was “a year of progress,” reports from labor rights groups and researchers reveal troubling labor and environmental violations continue unabated.
Rivera Sun, Truthout: The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement usurps federal, state and local authority and functions as a global corporate coup. Those who vote “Yes” on fast-track authority are reneging on their sworn oaths to protect this nation from all threats, both foreign and domestic.
Dan Falcone, Truthout: Scholar Richard Falk discusses the recent shooting of three Muslim Palestinian Americans in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; the subsequent conversation about hate crimes and Islamophobia, and the mainstream media coverage of the killer and victims.
Sam Knight, The District Sentinel: Attorney General Eric Holder has given the Justice Department an opportunity to rewrite his legacy as the lead federal prosecutor who refused to take on some of the most notoriously larcenous bankers in history.
Alan Grayson, The Nation: A giant Anglo-Australian mining company is getting the rights to a huge copper reserve – and we don’t know what US taxpayers are getting in return. Not all is lost, however, or at least not yet.
Peter Van Buren, TomDispatch: American Sniper, now “the most successful war movie of all time,” is just the latest in a long line of films that have kept US citizens on their war game. Think of them as war porn, meant to leave us perpetually hyped up.
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: When it comes to medical marijuana in Washington, the legislative choice is between a system that allows many to earn decent money through local, small co-ops, and a system where just a few people make massive amounts of money by monopolizing the marketplace.
Amy Goodman and Aaron Maté, Democracy Now!: Libya is in a state of crisis: Two different governments claim power, each with their own parliaments and armies. A number of militant groups, including the Islamic State affiliate, are scattered in between. Will foreign governments intervene in Libya again?
Lillian Osborne, In These Times: A chart recently released by the Economic Policy Institute illustrates unions’ ability to impact not only their own members’ lives, but also the distribution of wealth in society as a whole.
Anna Childs, The Conversation: Looking back over the past 15 years, what have been the achievements of one of the world’s most ambitious projects – the Millennium Development Goals – and what didn’t work so well, despite the grand aspiration?
Isaiah J. Poole, Campaign for America’s Future: The Fed is widely expected to raise interest rates sometime in 2015. The problem is, as economist Dean Baker points out, there is no inflation threat on the horizon, but there is a very real threat of choking the economic recovery and driving up unemployment if interest rates rise.
Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: Debt does not mean that we’re stealing from future generations. A rise in public debt isn’t an indication that we’re living beyond our means – one person’s debt is another person’s asset. Debt is money we owe to ourselves.
White People Aren’t Called Terrorists Unless They Liberate Animals, Apparently
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The word “terrorism” is itself a public relations weapon. Who gets branded a terrorist and who doesn’t is a decision made within a political and cultural context.
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