William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: “I spent the first decade of the 21st century dealing with these blood-sodden bastards from the Bush administration. Now, it appears, I will spend a chunk of a second decade watching them run around trying desperately to wash that blood from their hands… and the “news” media, is all too happy to help them do it.”
Robert Naiman, Truthout: At this writing, President Obama has neither the legal nor the political mandate to conduct airstrikes in Iraq or Syria. Before using military force, the President should come to Congress with a specific plan and get explicit Congressional approval for it.
Erika L. Sánchez, Truthout: Unaccompanied, undocumented minors experience extreme trauma and hardships. The recent surge in children apprehended at the border draws attention to the poverty and violence ravaging Latin America and the lack of resources available to this vulnerable population.
James Kilgore, Truthout: The death of a Pennsylvania mother in jail last week has once again highlighted the punitive cycle of criminal justice, debt and the depth of social change needed to reverse this trend.
Victoria Bruce, Truthout: The National Rare Earth Cooperative Act of 2014 would begin to address Pentagon dependence on Chinese components for essential US defense material: so why don’t defense contractors and the Department of Defense back it?
Steve Ellner, North American Congress on Latin America: The insurgent tactics employed by the opposition belie its central argument that the errors of the government on economic policies and the inherent failings of socialism on the economic front have led Venezuela down a disastrous path with no hope in sight.
Heather Murdock and Emerson Urry, EnviroNews: In response to national news in late May that pointed to a potential cluster of stillborn births in the heavily drilled and fracked Uintah Basin, the hosts take you inside a leaky and sadly typical oil well in this vastly exploited area.
Brendan Fischer, PR Watch: The campaign against Wisconsin’s John Doe criminal probe is being led by groups bankrolled by the Milwaukee-based Bradley Foundation, which has $600 million in assets and is led by Scott Walker’s campaign chair, according to a new analysis.
Amy Goodman and Juan González, Democracy Now!: The growing movement to change the name of the Washington Redskins football team has scored a surprising victory. The US Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the team’s trademark registration after concluding its name and logo are disparaging to Native Americans.
Charles Ornstein, ProPublica: Over the past couple of months, media organizations have been busy dissecting data released by Medicare on payments made to health professionals in 2012. Unusual billing patterns have been uncovered such as doctors who only bill for the most complicated and high-priced office visits.
Nathalie Baptiste, Foreign Policy In Focus: Soccer is a democratic sport. Anyone anywhere can pick up a ball, kick it around, and learn to play. But what’s happening in Brazil is not representative of that sentiment.
Anna Brones, Care2: As more and more cities add bike share programs, it’s important that we talk about safety, and for a lot of people that discussion comes down to helmets. Rentals through bike share don’t usually offer bike helmets along with the bike.