Aaron Cantú, Truthout: One jailhouse informant for the Detroit Police Department sent Lacino Hamilton to prison. Now, Hamilton’s fight to be released has revealed systemic corruption allegedly perpetrated by police, prosecutors and prisoner informants hoping for more lenient sentences.
Laura Flanders, Truthout: Jesse Hagopian, history teacher and editor of More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing, talks about the fight against high-stakes testing, the roots of that testing in eugenics movement and its insidious anti-democratic and anti-labor social goals.
Brian Moench, Truthout: The World Health Organization has just declared the most widely used herbicide in the world, glyphosate, a “probable human carcinogen,” a designation long overdue. Cancer is only one of many health consequences of the growing scourge of herbicides, pesticides and GMOs.
Cecilia Gingerich, Truthout: For systemic crises, relief will come only through systemic solutions. The Next System Project, which launches today, offers such solutions to the systemic climate, political, economic, social and cultural crises the United States is experiencing.
Danica Jorden, Truthout: Three men were killed and one left in serious condition after a construction accident in Raleigh, North Carolina. The incident illustrates the differential risks still facing Latino workers, often employed by a tangled web of contractors and subcontractors.
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: If we want to prevent a new ice age for much of the planet, then we need to put a price on carbon now to fight back against climate change – the greatest threat our human species has ever faced.
Inés Benítez, Inter Press Service: In Spain, immigrants are frequent victims of abuse and mistreatment by the national police, who are in charge of guarding them. Human rights organizations also complain about hurdles thrown in the way of investigations of reports of abuse and the prevailing impunity.
Wilma Subra, Facing South: Offshore energy exploration, drilling and production on the Atlantic coast will leave permanent environmental damage and destruction. The physical environment will be severely negatively impacted in the name of “progress,” with no consideration of the devastation.
Stephen Greenberg and Oliver Tickell, The Ecologist: The latest salvo in the battle over Africa’s seed systems has been fired with the Gates Foundation and USAID playing puppet-masters to Africa’s governments as they drive forward corporation-friendly seed regulations that exclude and marginalize the small farmers whose seeds and labor feed the continent.
Rachel Luban, In These Times: While many H-2B guestworkers are unhappy with the abuse and exploitation they suffer on the job, that doesn’t necessarily mean they want the program to go away, as the program often offers the only means of employment available for some workers.
Felix Kramer, The Houston Chronicle: Could heartfelt pleas from family members move the people who run the world to an urgent response to our climate crisis? The families and friends of movers and shakers have a unique opportunity: They can spur what may have already begun.
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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Either Confused or Misleading Everyone About His Controversial Law
Midnight Deadline Looms Over Iran Nuclear Deal
Pharmacy Groups Balk at Supplying Lethal Injection Drugs
Turns Out the World’s First “Clean Coal” Plant Is a Backdoor Subsidy to Oil Producers
A Court Case So Secret, the US Government Says It Can’t Go On
US Pledges Emissions Cuts of Up to 28 Percent Ahead of Global Climate Treaty
Honoring Cesar Chavez’s Birthday by Supporting the Farm Workers for Whom He Gave His Life
Mara Kardas-Nelson, Truthout: Farmers and environmental activists are trying to fight a proposed pipeline that would bring Bakken crude through Iowa. With little information from the company or the government, however, they’re left in the dark – and are struggling to organize across ideological divides.
Tom Engelhardt, Haymarket Books: None of the frameworks we normally call on to understand the national security state capture the irrationality, genuine inanity and actual madness that lie at its heart. Perhaps reimagining what has developed in these last decades as a faith-based system – a new national religion – would help.
Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: Tasasha Henderson, Monica Trinidad and Ash Stephens talk about domestic abuse, state violence and the upcoming trial of Marissa Alexander – a Florida woman who may face up to 60 years in prison because of the state’s mandatory minimum sentencing laws.
George Joseph, The Nation: While Teach For America has failed at providing the nation with many long-term educators, it has provided a stream of political operatives who have gone on to help fuel their former organization’s expansion and codify its narrow, corporate vision of education reform.
Marjorie E. Wood, OtherWords: According to Steve Siebold – a multimillionaire and author of the book How Rich People Think – billionaires like Walmart founder Sam Walton’s affluent heirs deserve their wealth because they think, feel and act differently than ordinary people.
Lindsey Konkel, Environmental Health News: Boys exposed in the womb to high levels of di-isononyl phthalate – a chemical found in vinyl products – are born with slightly altered genital development, according to new research.
Ava Thompson Greenwell, The Chicago Reporter: “What will it take for African-American female crime victims to get the national news coverage they deserve? Perhaps more African-American women journalism managers are needed.”
Nassrine Azimi, The Asia-Pacific Journal: If natural disasters are simply unavoidable, then for a country smaller than the state of California and with more than three times the population, the presence of nuclear power plants seems, to say the least, a little akin to playing Russian roulette.
Nicholas Powers, The Indypendent: Ebola will ultimately be contained or tragically burn itself out among the poor. It is not a species threat. Yet the waves of terror sweeping across the world have already moved us rightward, reinforcing a conservative vision across the divide between the Third and First Worlds.
Gail Smith writes about the urgent need to approve emergency clemency for Niurca Torres;Norman Solomon and Marcy Wheeler report on a new campaign starting with a billboard in Seattle near Amazon headquarters questioning why the CIA is on Amazon’s cloud; Lamont Lilly suggests the police report on 17-year-old Lennon Lacy’s death conceals a lynching in North Carolina; Robert Bruce Ware dissects racism as it relates to state violence and “open carry” gun rights; Turning Point Suffragist Memorial and Suffrage Wagon News Channelannounce a partnership to observe November 15 as the “Night of Terror” campaign against women’s suffrage activists; Reprieve reports that 76 members of Congress have demanded to see tapes of the abusive force-feeding practice at Guantánamo Bay; activists from Gas Free Seneca put their bodies on the line to protect Seneca Lake and the Finger Lakes from a gas storage facility built by an out-of-state corporation; Tony Pereiraexcoriates a California Department of Food and Agriculture plan to allow pesticide spraying anywhere, any time; Tamanna Rahman and Brendan Smith talk about how nurses have become frontline climate workers; and more.
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The Time to Act Is Now: IPCC Issues “Final Word” on Climate Change
The Pentagon’s Plans for a Spy Service to Rival the CIA Have Been Pared Back
States Ditch Electronic Voting Machines
Exxon Fighting to Keep Public From Seeing 900,000 Pages of Documents in Oil Spill Lawsuit
Probe of an FBI Agent’s Misconduct Leads to the Release of Prisoners Convicted of Drug Charges
Federal Judge: Washington Redskins Team Can Sue Five Native Americans
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