Dahr Jamail, Truthout: Joanna Macy’s body of work encompasses the psychological and spiritual issues of living in the nuclear age and is grounded in a deepening of ecological awareness – particularly poignant as today‘s industrial growth society continues to devastate the planet, and put humankind at risk.
Salvatore Babones, Truthout: Local governments want drones, tanks and SWAT teams for the same reason they want prisons and the death penalty: to keep us under control. A democracy can do better.
Dina Rasor, Truthout: After the VA scandal of manipulating appointments for health care access to our veterans is “resolved” in politicians’ minds, will the first causality be the VA whistleblowers who have gone public and still work in government?
Chris Crass, Truthout: With the global response of #YesAllWomen on Twitter, the debate on misogyny and sexism in society is front and center. While many men argue “It’s not all men,” all men must choose what side of the prevailing war against women they are on.
Roger Annis, Truthout: Lac Mégantic’s show trial for criminal negligence in the oil train crash and conflagration in 2013 that killed 47 people, and a trial of activists opposed to oil trains in Auburn, Maine, raise essential questions regarding the use of this dangerous alternative to pipeline transport of fossil fuels.
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: A 97-point evaluation of labor-related criteria by the International Trade Union Confederation found that the US ranks as badly as Pakistan, Indonesia and Thailand when it comes to workers’ rights. It’s time to restore the labor rights that we’ve lost, repeal Taft-Hartley and stop the insanity of “Right To Work.”
Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism: An issue that many have had the misfortune to encounter, but has yet to be recognized as a broader societal issue, is how the medical-industrial complex takes advantage of the elderly.
Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: Slower population growth indeed should be a good thing – but that which passes for sound economic policy is all too likely to turn this good development into a problem. Why? Because under the current rules, unless economies are moving forward sufficiently, they tend to collapse.
Liz Pleasant, YES! Magazine: Last month PM Press published the Debt Resisters’ Operations Manual – also known as “the DROM.” But don’t let that menacing-sounding acronym fool you: this is a book written in plain English and filled with tips and tactics for dealing with debt.
In today‘s On the News segment: According to data from the International Trade Union Confederation, corporations have almost completely destroyed workers’ rights in the US; the low-wage workers of Seattle will see a huge bump in their paychecks; by leaving homeless people on the street, we’re paying at least three times as much as we would to house them; and more.
Amy Goodman and Aaron Maté, Democracy Now!: In one of the most significant press freedom cases in decades, the US Supreme Court has turned down the appeal of a New York Times reporter who faces prison for refusing to reveal a confidential source.
Bob Weiner, Michigan Chronicle: Congressman John Conyers is asking members of Congress to co-sponsor his legislation, the Full Employment Act, and he has a hefty 57 co-sponsors so far. “The failure of the Congress to focus on jobs is not just a political blunder. It’s a dereliction of duty,” he said.