Aaron Cantú, Truthout: Hate crime legislation lent legitimacy to a 40-year carceral program that has wrought immense damage on communities of color. In an ironic twist, the police – who’ve been the main enforcers of this program – now want to invoke these laws for their protection.
Michael Nevradakis, Truthout: New School professor and economist Richard Wolff analyzes the causes of the economic crises in Greece and the eurozone, debunks claims that the Greek economy is recovering and proposes a post-capitalist future for Greece and the world.
Emily Schwartz Greco, OtherWords: Researchers of a new study predict that virtually all Canadian tar sands oil production will stop by 2020. If Keystone XL is built by then, there would be nothing for the pipeline to transport, and it would become a monument to wasting colossal sums of money on dirty-energy infrastructure.
Thomas Matt, Truthout: In a capitalist economy with privately owned means of production, technological advancements often result in unemployment and inequality. In a cooperative political economic system, however, these advancements would mean less work and higher living standards.
Robin Marty, Care2: Conservatives assert that there are no roadblocks for being female, that a woman can have access to any opportunity a man can have and that there are no opportunity differences between the sexes. But it appears that men and women aren’t that equal at all.
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: It’s bad enough that corporations are spending billions to buy off our lawmakers and corrupt our democracy. Now they’re trying to convince us that we should support or ignore their bad behavior, and strip our own government of the power to protect us from these predators.
s.e. smith, Care2: The Charlie Hebdo attacks provided a convenient smokescreen for those looking to launch retaliatory attacks, despite the fact that the vast majority of Muslims were equally horrified by the attacks and were dismayed by the actions of the killers, who claimed to be acting in the name of Islam.
Peter Van Buren, TomDispatch: While the collapse of the Iraqi army and the abandonment of piles of its US weaponry helped create a new business opportunity for weapons makers like General Dynamics, the plan to cash in on Iraq can be traced back to the United States’ occupation of the country.
Staff, Earthworks: Using a FLIR (infrared) camera designed to detect normally invisible, sometimes toxic, volatile organic compounds, mother, activist and FLIR-certified technician Sharon Wilson went on a road trip to document pollution at oil and gas operations – and its human cost.
Yessenia Funes, YES! Magazine: A new bill provides two years of tuition at a community college for participating high school grads who might otherwise face a 7.5 percent unemployment rate – and other states are already following suit.
Adam Hudson, AlterNet: This myth relies on shaky evidence and a selective definition of crime that ignores crimes committed by powerful institutions and the people who run them, many of whom are white men. Here are five examples of the kinds of crimes that slip under the radar.
Shannan Stoll, YES! Magazine: From city-issued ID cards to open-source data anyone can access, simple urban innovations are creating more transparent and equitable cities.
Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh, Democracy Now!: As Republicans in the new Congress and in state legislatures across the United States seek new restrictions on abortion, we look at the story of a Dutch doctor who has brought safe abortion to countries around the world where it is illegal.
Maybe the Two-Party System in the US Should Be in the Creation Museum With the Dinosaurs
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The jury is out on whether a two-party system can seriously address the pressing issues of our time.
Partners in Terror: This Is Bigger Than Satire
The Rate of Sea-Level Rise Is “Far Worse Than Previously Thought,” Study Says
Paris Is a Warning: There Is No Insulation From Our Wars
Cop Rock: The NYPD Turn on Spokesman Patrick Lynch
ISIS Gaining Ground in Syria, Despite US Strikes
GOP House Passes Bill Setting Up New Shutdown War Over Immigration
“Not the Way We Do Democracy!” Why Is a Ferguson Grand Juror Being Silenced?
Dahr Jamail, Truthout: While the US Navy claims “no significant impacts” will occur to wildlife or humans from its electromagnetic war games over the Olympic National Forest, military documents and an expert on the human impact of electromagnetic radiation fields say otherwise.
Marjorie Cohn, Truthout: “Even after many years of writing books and articles about the Bush torture policy, I was unprepared for the atrocious pattern of crimes our government committed against other human beings in our name.”
Crystal Shepeard, Care2: People have let out a collective cry of frustration at the lethal force used disproportionately against people of color in the United States. When a grand jury failed to indict the officer who killed Eric Garner in an illegal chokehold, the protests became a global movement.
Dean Baker, Truthout: The good news is that two economic myths that caused great confusion over the last several years are now headed to the trash bin of history. Unfortunately, many of our great national myths have survived 2014.
John Pilger, Truthout: The times we live in are so dangerous and so distorted in public perception that propaganda is no longer, as Edward Bernays called it, an “invisible government.” It is the government.
Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report: It is not “the law” that stands like a brick wall of impunity for police, but the interpretation of the law by attorneys general and their subordinates, who view prosecutions of police as akin to unnatural acts that cannot be performed in public view.
Simon Johnson, The Baseline Scenario: The supposedly brilliant people who run Citigroup have, in the space of a single working week, made a series of serious political blunders with long-lasting implications. Sen. Elizabeth Warren articulated the core of the problem and what needs to be done.
Amy Goodman, Samantha Riddell and Juan González, Democracy Now!: Saturday’s nationwide actions against police killings and racial profiling was the largest single protest of the post-Ferguson movement and the culmination of daily actions in New York City since a grand jury elected not to indict the police officer who killed Eric Garner.
Rebecca Gordon, TomDispatch: “Be shocked, be disgusted, be appalled, but don’t be fooled. The Senate torture report, so many years and obstacles in the making, should only be the starting point for a discussion, not the final word on US torture.”
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Even if torture was an effective way to get information from terrorism suspects during a ticking time bomb scenario – and there’s no evidence that it is – it would still be unconstitutional, despite what Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says.
Tony Pugh, McClatchy Newspapers: This season’s flu vaccine may not be as effective against new and possibly more virulent strains of the virus that could become the nation’s dominant form of influenza in the young flu season.
In today‘s On the News segment: Washington passed a disastrous $1.1 trillion spending bill; activists staged a protest outside the Office of the US Trade Representative to demand that secret trade negotiations come to an end; corporations that donate to political campaigns are getting a massive return on their investment; and more.
The National War on the Homeless Continues: Mass Eviction in San Jose
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: It appears that a growing urban trend is to regard destitute humans as “urban blight” and to make them disappear.
Sen. Warren Warns Against Wall Street Returning to Casino Gambling
Gun Nuts’ Racial Duplicity
Anti-Nuke Activists Fight to Close Diablo Canyon
US Marine Charged With Killing Filipino Transgender Woman
Oil Spill in Bangladesh Threatens World’s Largest Mangrove System
These Seven Men Owned the Company Linked to CIA Torture
The Devalued US Worker
#OccupyVirtually to #DodgeRadsNow
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