Mark Karlin, Truthout: Susan Jeffords, co-editor of Covering bin Laden: Global Media and the World’s Most Wanted Man, explains that the iconic status of Osama bin Laden was achieved through global media coverage and government propaganda.
John Pilger, Truthout: Again and again, in Afghanistan, Iraq, Ukraine and elsewhere, state lies to the public – with the help of corporate media – have allowed the United States to wage war abroad as a means to control other nations and their natural resources.
William C. Anderson, Truthout: In Alabama, several prisoner deaths resulting from apparent negligence by corrections staff illustrate a growing problem that can be fatal. While national conversations around racial injustice dominate our news cycles, it’s crucial that the lives of those behind bars be taken into account.
Rachel Luban, In These Times: A New Orleans jury awarded more than $14 million in damages to the plaintiffs of David v. Signal International, the first of a series of lawsuits that together constitute one of the largest human trafficking and forced labor cases in US history.
Boris Schmid and Nils Christian Stenseth, The Conversation: In terms of our understanding of the past plague pandemics, new research provides a different perspective as to how the “Black Death” disease moved across Eurasia, driven by climate events that were and still are frequently occurring.
William R. Polk, Consortium News: Guided by an aggressive neoconservative “regime change” strategy, the United States has stumbled into a potential military confrontation with Russia over Ukraine, a dangerous predicament that could become a Cuban Missile Crisis in reverse.
Dr. George Koo, New America Media: The lesson of Dr. Haiping Su’s experience with the US justice system has implications for all Chinese Americans working in technical disciplines in the United States, and is worthy of more detailed examination.
Richard Schiffman, YES! Magazine: We’re closer to environmental disaster than ever before. We need a new story for our relationship with the Earth, one that goes beyond science and religion; a story that recognizes we are a part of nature and not separate from it.
Michael Winship, Moyers & Company: “This is no more a plan to regulate the internet than the First Amendment is a plan to regulate freedom of speech,” Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said Thursday. “This is the FCC using every tool in our toolbox to protect innovators and consumers.”
Kelly Hayes reports on the activism in favor of reparations for torture victims of Chicago Police Department’s Jon Burge; Shepherd Bliss examines growing resistance to unlimited wine industry expansion in both Sonoma County and in neighboring Napa County; Dan Falcone speaks with John Grant, a US Veteran for Peace; US Right to Know staff analyze a ridiculous anti-consumer GMO-labeling plan proposed by the Obama administration, and, in a separate post, examine how media reports saying that GMO science is settled are flat-out wrong; Rivera Sun reflects on how nowhere is Hannah Arendt’s phrase “the banality of evil” more potent than at Los Alamos, New Mexico; Lawrence Davidson considers the potential opportunities and problems Palestine could face at the International Criminal Court; Bob McChesney talks on Rag Radio about our media crisis; Ali Hangan points out that a chaotic work schedule, not tuition, can prove to be the greatest challenge for the community college student; Halyna Mokrushyna wonders how a new, democratic Ukraine can prosper when its population consists of so many “relics” of the totalitarian Soviet past; and more.
The BuzzFlash commentary will return soon.
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