Dina Rasor, Truthout: Political infighting and manipulation by board members at the US Chemical Safety Board, the government agency tasked with investigating chemical accidents and offering recommendations to prevent future disasters, has delayed official reports and put public safety at risk.
Mark Leibovich, Penguin Books: From the first line, THIS TOWN captures the interrelationship of media, power, money and celebrity status that characterizes the bubble of DC. The funeral of Tim Russert described in the prologue and first chapter as something akin to the spectacle of a papal death mass is an ideal starting point.
Aaron Cantú, Truthout: Out goes stop-and-frisk, in come the drones: NYPD Police Commissioner Bill Bratton seems incapable of emerging from the broken windows mindset now described as “predictive policing” and which depends on dignity-destroying invasions of the spaces of poor people of color.
Anne Elizabeth Moore and Leela Corman, Truthout: What is “trafficking?” And what exactly do anti-sex trafficking NGOs do? Do they support the autonomy and agency of former sex workers or seek to place them right back in the precarious and oppressive garment industry they often sought to escape in the first place?
Ken Ward, Truthout: Environmentalists understand that the only course of action with a shot at averting cataclysm must be immediate, drastic and global. Yet why did they not reject the flaccid EPA carbon emissions regulation proposals as too little, too late?
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Despite tragedies like Newtown, and the hundreds of other shootings that involve children each year, the NRA continues to insist that children and guns go great together. For years, the NRA has been working with gun manufacturers to promote guns to children.
Robert Naiman, Truthout: While Presbyterians decide whether they will divest from companies involved in the Israeli government’s occupation of Palestine, they must remember that many members of the Jewish community support divestment.
Lois Beckett, ProPublica: Consumer data companies are scooping up huge amounts of consumer information about people around the world and selling it, providing marketers details about whether you’re pregnant or divorced or trying to lose weight, about how rich you are and what kinds of cars you drive. Yet many people still don’t know data brokers exist.
Salvatore Babones, Truthout: The United States needs one law on abortion, not 50 or 500. The balance between a woman’s right to an abortion and society’s interest in her fetus should not depend on where a woman happens to live, work or seek health care.
Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: Emissions reflect choices – choices about what to consume and how to produce it, choices about which of a number of energy technologies to use. These choices are, in turn, strongly affected by incentives: change the incentives and you can greatly change the quantity of emissions associated with a given amount of real GDP.
In today‘s On the News segment: For the first time since record-keeping began, two Category 4 hurricanes have developed in the Eastern Pacific Basin before July 1; the state of Illinois is working to protect their waterways; as global temperatures rise, more people around the world are switching on their air conditioners, and it turns out they’re creating a vicious cycle; and more.
Ariel Dorfman, TomDispatch: Eric Lomax, a British officer in World War II, had been tortured by the Japanese in Thailand while working on the infamous Bangkok-Burma railroad. Eric, like so many victims of atrocities, was plagued by the experience, his life destroyed by his memories and the desire for revenge. His story is more relevant today than ever.
Amy Goodman and Juan González, Democracy Now!: In a video taken by the Associated Press on Sunday, a police officer can be seen firing what appears to be a live pistol round at anti-World Cup protesters near Rio de Janeiro’s Maracanã soccer stadium. Police have reportedly also used tear gas, rubber bullets and noise bombs to disperse demonstrators.