William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: “A thousand years ago, before I met my wife and she had our daughter, I organized my life and priorities and ambitions around one simple intention: to raise my child, if I ever had one, by my own hand.”
Mark Karlin, Truthout: Rebecca Solnit, who wrote the essay – now part of a just-released book – that gave birth to the term “mansplaining,” speaks with Truthout about how male entitlement has resulted in women often becoming the victims of gender violence and how young feminists are rebelling against having their voices silenced.
C.J. Polychroniou, Truthout: In the four bailed-out countries of the European periphery, there is not a trace of solid evidence that the austerity/structural reforms/export-led growth approach insisted upon by the EU and the IMF has paid any solid economic or social dividends, yet it is hailed as a “success.”
Dr. David Lewis, Independent Science News: While working at the EPA, Dr. David Lewis published evidence that a New Hampshire teen died and other neighbors were harmed from living near land on which sewage sluge had been applied. After he blew the whistle, Dr. Lewis faced a multi-agency campaign to smear his name.
Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: English and Cultural Studies professor Henry A. Giroux talks about the challenges facing the Left – or all who care about democracy and the future of the common good – in a neoliberal political economy.
Stephen Leahy, Inter Press Service: Pollution, not disease, is the biggest killer in the developing world, taking the lives of more than 8.4 million people each year. However, the global community pays far less attention to pollution.
Greg Gordon, McClatchy Newspapers: Despite a $14 billion federal infusion after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the state in 2005, southern Louisiana is losing land masses the size of the nation’s capital to the Gulf of Mexico every year.
Sam Pizzigati, Inequality.org: Three new progressive studies show that wage squeezes, share buybacks and tax subsidies are all combining to keep the United States’ high and mighty ever higher and mightier.
Shamus Cooke, Countercurrents: Perhaps the deepest truth the Syrian elections exposed is that, were it not for the US and its allies, the war in Syria would have long ago ended, and tens of thousands of lives been spared. Millions of refugees would not be homeless.
Liz Pleasant, Yes! Magazine: From Oakland to Brooklyn, practitioners of holistic health care are working to make their services affordable for all.
Heather Craigie, North American Congress on Latin America: As opposed to benefit albums created in response to high-profile natural disasters, “Border Songs” attempts to raise awareness about an economic disaster with grave ramifications for migrants seeking economic opportunity and family unification in the United States.
Alana Massey blasts the media for muddling the overt criminality of rape; Samantha Sarra reports from Washington, DC on the “5 days for the Cuban 5” in international solidarity with the Cuban political prisoners; Jesse Hagopian reports that the backlash against standardized testing has garnered some strange allies; Dr. Gus Bagakis points out that anger is best directed at system change, not violence; Shannon Hoffman charts her disillusionment with former community organizer President Obama; Camillo (Mac) Bica laments the scapegoating of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl by politicians; Steven Starr describes the impossibility of “winning” nuclear war; Johan Schnee acerbically examines the UN’s solution to cholera in Haiti: a committee!; Digital Third Coast presents an infographic showing how much “Big Mac” buying power low-wage workers have in each state; Greg Ruggiero describes the touching reunion of 90-year-old Frances Goldin and Mumia Abu-Jamal; Frank Seo urges Obama to act on immigration reform; John Pedler suggests there can be a peaceful resolution to the Ukraine crisis; and more.