Henry A. Giroux, Truthout: Under the reign of neoliberalism, higher education appears to be increasingly decoupling itself from its historical legacy as a crucial public sphere, responsible for both educating students for the workplace and providing them with the modes of critical discourse, interpretation and experiences that deepen and expand democracy.
Aura Kanegis and Kerri Kennedy, Truthout: We must prioritize peace-building in our spending as well as our rhetoric, and invest in early interventions addressing root causes of conflict long before violent extremism festers and conflict erupts.
Robert Naiman, Truthout: If we want to defeat Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the Israel-Palestine issue, we have to win on the Iran diplomacy issue. This is as much a must-win for people who are focused on justice for Palestinians as it is for people who are focused on Iran diplomacy.
Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout: In her book, The Age of Dignity, Ai-jen Poo advances the idea that we can create good jobs for caregivers and allow elders and the disabled to remain in their homes, rather than be placed in more costly institutions for custodial care.
Hannah K. Gold, Truthout: Amid reports of human rights abuses of prisoners at Rikers Island and plans for a new solitary confinement wing, grassroots organizing groups demand a real say by the community in changes made at the jail.
Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism: The trade deals are coming up again for a fast-track vote, perhaps as soon as this week. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s focus on the investor panels has the potential to raise awareness of how dangerous they are and stir more voters to press their representatives to nix fast-track authority.
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: The US already has the framework in place to make universal health care a success. That framework is called Medicare. It’s time to create “Medicare Part E,” which would cover every single US citizen.
Marcy Wheeler, ExposeFacts: Former CIA director David Petraeus exposed top secret materials to his mistress. As a result of a quiet plea deal, the Department of Justice gave him a slap on the wrist for covering up his crime of leaking some of the country’s most sensitive secrets.
Jonah Newman, The Chicago Reporter: The City of Chicago paid $54.2 million in settlements and verdicts for police misconduct cases last year – more than the budget for the offices of the mayor, the city treasurer, the City Council, the Council committees and the Department of Human Resources combined.
Julie Dermansky, DeSmogBlog: While the president’s veto received praise from environmentalists, it provides little consolation to those in Texas who already have the southern route of the pipeline moving Canadian tar sands under their land.
Subhankar Banerjee, TomDispatch: At a moment when the planet is experiencing an oil glut, it’s possible that the Obama administration will add yet another potential source of extreme oil to the list of future sources of greenhouse warming of this planet. Drilling in the Arctic is a future catastrophe in a single, enticing package.
Nathan Weller, EcoViva: In the face of overwhelming competition skewed by the rules of free trade, farmers in El Salvador have managed to beat the agricultural giants like Monsanto and DuPont to supply local corn seed to thousands of family farmers.
Amy Goodman and Aaron Maté, Democracy Now!: Both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the hawks in Congress have a common interest in ensuring that there is no regional force that can serve as any kind of deterrent to Israeli and US violence in the region, says Noam Chomsky.
In today‘s On the News segment: Thanks to warmer temperatures and higher oceans, the people of Kivalina, Alaska, must move their entire town or be wiped out by storm surge; environmental groups say that we must keep pushing to keep Keystone XL from becoming a reality; police can now generate an image of a suspect’s face using only DNA left at the scene of a crime; and more.
O’Reilly Justifies Fantasies by Making Bellicose Macho Threats
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Brian Williams’ mendacious embellishments are starting to look minor compared to the surge of revelations that Bill O’Reilly lied about his experiences in danger zones.
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