Mike Ludwig, Truthout: An explosion two years ago led investigators to 15 million pounds of hazardous and potentially explosive munitions waste, illegally stashed in northwest Louisiana, but cleanup is once again unclear as federal regulators haggle with an angry public and the Jindal administration.
Robert Naiman, Truthout: Reps. Keith Ellison, Steve Cohen and Maxine Waters are circulating a letter to Speaker Boehner, asking him to postpone the invitation until after the Israeli election and after Congress has considered the issue of Iran sanctions.
Maryam Henein, Truthout: Ridiculous misinformation is being planted in the media about honeybees and the systemic pesticides killing them. This begs the question: To what extent does Big Agriculture influence the way science is researched and reported to line its pockets and benefit its corporate agendas?
Lisa Factora-Borchers, Truthout: To overlook writer Jonathan Chait’s self-appointed superiority complex as the work of one anachronistic guy would be to ignore the growing litany of complaints emerging from straight White men – claiming their own marginality.
Victoria Law, The Nation: On Tuesday, January 27, Marissa Alexander walked out of jail, but not as a free woman. As Alexander leaves prison for house arrest, it’s time to question the system that turns women into criminals for trying to stay alive.
Laura Flanders, GRITtv: Why is it so hard to invest your money locally? Grassroots activists trying to build economic alternatives in the United States encourage investing in the businesses in your neighborhood, instead of in far-off corporations. It turns out that it’s not so easy to move your money; there are even laws against it in the United States.
Norman Solomon, Expose Facts: The mass media have suddenly discovered Jeffrey Sterling – after his conviction Monday afternoon as a CIA whistleblower. Sterling’s indictment four years ago received fleeting news coverage that recited the government’s charges. From the outset, the Justice Department portrayed him as bitter and vengeful.
Thomas Hanna, YES! Magazine: In this red state, publicly owned utilities provide electricity to all 1.8 million people. Here’s how Nebraska took its energy out of corporate hands and made it affordable for everyday residents.
Lizabeth Paulat, Care2: The death of Abdullah bin Abdulaziz last Friday marked a passing of the torch in Saudi Arabia’s kingdom. His replacement – and brother – Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud has come at a tenuous time, with people now questioning his involvement in terrorist organizations and the country’s shaky human rights record.
Emily Schwartz Greco, OtherWords: How precise is energy forecasting? To put it politely, the experts who get paid to predict these things aren’t the most accurate arrows in the quiver. Take the still-unfolding crude crash. Its cause boils down to one simple fact: The industry is producing way more oil than consumers want.
Richard D. Wolff, Truthout: This episode provides updates on political corruption, the Greek election results, Social Security taxes, debt jubilee, union membership and the lessons of revolutions.
Romney Is as Credible a Poverty Fighter as Kochs Are as Advocates of No Campaign Spending
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The statistical economic facts have shown that the trickle-down paradigm is a hoax: It has led to the greatest redistribution of wealth – from the poor and middle class to the rich – in US history.
“Viper” Alert: Citizens United’s David Bossie Is on the Prowl
Mitt Romney Will Not Run for President Again
CIA Interrogations Took Place on British Territory of Diego Garcia, Senior Bush Administration Official Says
Manufacturing Terror: How the FBI Invents Some Plots and Ignores Others in the “war on freedom”
Texas Legislature Introduces Bill Allowing Teachers to Shoot Students
Air Pollution Actually Messes With Your Genes
One of the World’s Biggest Lakes Is Dying, and We’re to Blame
Henry A. Giroux, Truthout: As public schools are privatized, succumbing to corporate interests, critical thought and agency are erased, and education emphasizes market values rather than democratic ideals. The emergence of larger radical social movements depends on public education maintaining its role as a democratic sphere.
Josmar Trujillo, Truthout: Instead of having a conversation about how we’ve codified racism through law enforcement, we’re given a thick layer of public relations in the name of community policing. At its core, “community policing” serves as a Trojan horse for more policing and more funding of it.
Robert W. McChesney, Monthly Review Press: In Blowing the Roof Off the Twenty-First Century, McChesney makes an urgent and compelling argument for ending communication monopolies and building a post-capitalist democracy that serves people over corporations.
John Logan, Truthout: These stories demonstrate that despite extremely serious challenges, there’s life in the US labor movement – the last, best hope for reversing skyrocketing levels of economic inequality and restoring some measure of justice and decency to the US workplace.
Victoria Law, The Nation: Christmas is traditionally the time when state governors grant clemency to people in prison whose cases they find compelling – and many of the battered women behind bars have compelling cases.
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: It’s unconscionable and morally reprehensible that an employee working for the largest retailer in the United States, or for a fast food giant, isn’t making enough money to survive and provide for their family. We need to stop rewarding businesses for screwing over their employees.
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: The US-led NATO occupation has formally ended its 13-year combat mission in Afghanistan. The move leaves Afghan forces in charge of security, though more than 17,000 foreign troops will remain, including more than 10,000 US troops.
Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism: Saudi Arabia made it even more clear that it is not pulling out of its game of chicken with other energy-producing nations. The Saudis will keep pumping and, by implication, will force production cuts on others.
Jo-Marie Burt, North American Congress on Latin America: Under pressure from entrenched economic and military interests, Guatemala’s Constitutional Court undid its historic genocide ruling in 2013. The trial is set to resume on January 5, but faces last-ditch efforts to derail it.
Christine Ahn, Foreign Policy in Focus: In November, the citizens of Okinawa delivered a landslide victory to Takeshi Onaga, who ran on a gubernatorial platform opposing the construction of a new US Marine Corps base in northern Okinawa. Onaga pledged “to stop construction using every means at my disposal.”
Colin Jenkins, The Hampton Institute: If we are truly inclined to cooperate with one another, why is there so much division and turmoil in the world? The answer to this question may be found by assessing the creation of artificial scarcity as a means to maintain hierarchies.
Valerie Tarico, Valerie Tarico’s Blog: Fear has the power to paralyze and silence even strong, determined people, which is why threats of violence are such a potent, common and toxic presence in political discourse. Consequently, it is a wonder, and a gift to us all, when engaged citizens refuse to be silenced.
Santiago Navarro F., Renata Bessi and Translated by Miriam Taylor, Truthout: Soy was initially introduced to Brazil as part of a US military aid package. Today, its industrial cultivation results in a number of negative consequences, including deforestation and the expulsion of small-scale farmers from their land.
Marie-Monique Robin, The New Press: Our Daily Poisonexamines the origins of the modern chemical industry, from the epidemic of cancers and other diseases that exploded at the end of the 19th century to the idea of acceptable daily chemical intake.
Antonia Darder, Truthout: Rather than an oppressive and manipulative engine for capitalist accumulation, schools should function as centers of creativity and imagination where an ethos of democratic life is grounded upon cultural inclusiveness, social justice and economic democracy.
Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: JP Sottile discusses the rebranded School of the Americas, continued US military involvement in Central American conflicts and global military training with drug traffickers and terrorists replacing Communists.
Dave Johnson, Campaign for America’s Future: Every year Congress renews a package of “temporary” corporate tax breaks. Congress is working on this year’s extenders package, except this time it wants to make many of the tax breaks permanent.
Lindsey Konkel, Environmental Health News: The poor pay the highest cost of India’s dependence on coal. Already burdened by chronic disease, poor nutrition and inadequate health care, they also are highly exposed to air and water pollution.
Daniella Cheslow, McClatchy Newspapers: The olive harvest reflects the growing disparities between Palestinians who live in the West Bank and their more prosperous brethren who hold Israeli citizenship and grapple with a divided loyalty to people and country.
Martha Burk, OtherWords: The Trans-Pacific Partnership being negotiated in secret. However, here’s what we do know: This so-called “partnership” is an insult to US workers, and it’s especially bad news for women.
Inimai M. Chettiar and Lauren-Brooke Eisen, Brennan Center for Justice: The Department of Justice has made some subtle but important changes to its largest grant program, the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant, which improve the program’s transparency and accountability.
The Free Marissa Now Mobilization Campaign, after hearing news of Marissa Alexander’s plea deal this week, vows to organize until she is free; Carmel Hannan details how Irish communities are taking to the streets to protest a new water tax, but it’s not just about water or austerity; Jason Cervone examines why rural Americans so often vote against their own self-interests; Collette Flanagan reflects on what it means to join a delegation of mothers who have lost children at the hands of the police; Dr. Hakim says both his Afghan and American friends wish for the Afghan conflict to be resolved, but not through expansive war; Michelle Corbin understands that what is happening in Ferguson is not only a personal question, but also a political and pedagogical challenge; Frank Seo argues that a new chapter for the immigrant rights movement is only just beginning; and more.
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