Jeff Ritterman, M.D., Truthout: A chemical in Monsanto’s Roundup causes birth defects and is now associated with a dizzying array of chronic health problems. It’s high time to examine public policies around the use of this potentially deadly chemical. Should it be taken off the market?
Nicholas Powers, Truthout: Worldwide criticism of Israel – buoyed by large rallies in major cities and an ever-growing outcry on social media – has begun to erode Israel’s base of support in the United States. Israel has won in Gaza, but it has lost the “war over the war.”
Kathleen Geier, Kate Bahn, Joelle Gamble, Zillah Eisenstein and Heather Boushey, The Nation: If economic inequality continues to soar, as Thomas Piketty says it will, and inherited wealth plays a growing role in our economy, in what ways does that affect women specifically? What weaknesses arise in Piketty’s analysis due to the absence of gender and race from his book?
Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins, OtherWords: Why exactly does Wall Street tank on news portending economic gains for most Americans? Don’t people with extra money in their pockets boost the economy when they spend more freely? Isn’t it something worth celebrating? Not in an economy that caters to the rich.
John de Graaf, Truthout: The term “commonwealth” is as American as Massachusetts, Kentucky, Pennsylvania or Virginia. It conveys a sense of things we hold in common, including our precious natural resources, offering a broader vision for ideas like a guaranteed national income supplement from taxes on fossil fuels.
Max Blumenthal, Nation Books: This excerpt from Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel focuses on an Israel Defense Forces attack on the Gaza Strip, one of several such military campaigns known in Israel as “mowing the lawn.”
Nicole Austin-Hillery, Brennan Center for Justice: In signing the Voting Rights Act 49 years ago, Lyndon Johnson explained how the Civil War marked a promise that was never fulfilled. A generation later, our nation is in danger of reneging on that promise. It is time for Congress to act.
Julia Hotz, Inter Press Service: More than 40 million Americans currently hold student debt. They are collectively responsible for $1.2 trillion of outstanding student loans in the US. As the legislative battle for refinanced student loans rages on, students, families and nonprofits are mobilizing around the issue.
Rania Khalek, Electronic Intifada: Last Friday, 15 year old Tariq Abukhdeir spoke at a hearing on Capitol Hill about the brutal beating he endured at the hands of Israeli police in early July. But just as Abukhdeir started to detail the Israeli beating, C-SPAN 2 cut to the Senate floor.
Michelle Téllez, The Feminist Wire: In Arizona and beyond, we must continue to be creative in our alliances, to dismantle our perspectives on knowledge production and, perhaps, to concentrate a bit less on individual advancement and promotion, which all too often can happen at the expense of community solidarity.
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: Kabul-based journalist Matthieu Aikins talks about the disputed Afghan election, US-backed militias committing war crimes, and the future of the country after the US military drawdown.
As the Rich Get Richer, 75 Percent of the Nation Expects Stagnant or Lower Incomes
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Despite reassurances from the White House about the economy picking up, a recent survey by the Federal Reserve reveals a far bleaker perception among US wage earners.
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World Health Organization Declares Ebola Epidemic a Global Emergency
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