Toshio Meronek, Truthout: Tech corporations out to increase their already immense profits have begun funding organizations whose professed goals aim to bring positive change for the masses, but which actually serve the interests of a wealthy few.
Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: John Logan talks about the unprecedented and coordinated interference of national and local politicians as well as GOP astroturf groups’ efforts to prevent United Auto Workers from winning a unionization election at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company: Economist Paul Krugman discusses how jumps in executive compensation may have a profound effect on widening income inequality and explains how the United States is becoming an oligarchy – the very system our founders revolted against.
Michelle Tullo, Inter Press Service: The Onondaga Nation has filed a petition against the federal government, alleging that officials have repeatedly broken treaties and that the court system has failed to offer remedy.
Danny Schechter, Consortium News: The United States’ mainstream media still pretend they are custodians of “serious journalism,” but those claims continue to erode as the corporate press shies away from its duty to challenge propaganda emanating from various parts of the US government.
Laura Flanders, Yes! Magazine: From slavery to Jim Crow to cities today, African-Americans have been leading the cooperative movement. Author Jessica Gordon Nembhard talks to Laura Flanders about why cooperative economics and civil rights should appear together in history books.
Kevin Mathews, Care2: Sohel Rana, the owner of the garment factory that collapsed last year, could be subject to the death penalty if convicted. The severity of the charges indicates that an investigation turned up evidence that the collapse was preventable and was the result of reckless working conditions enabled by the supervisors.
Franco Ordoñez, McClatchy Newspapers: Federal officials have quietly introduced new guidelines that make it tougher for asylum seekers to get their cases heard before judges. A memo highlighted concerns that previous standards had been wrongly interpreted for those who file “credible fear of persecution” claims.
Michael Murry, The Contrary Perspective: “Make enough Americans miserably poor and destitute and a sufficient number of them will join the US military as the least bad alternative from among only awful choices.”
Nathan Weller, EcoViva: In the context of Public-Private Partnership Law reforms, the US is clearly backing the private sector at the expense of a sustainable public sector and rule of law. Business drives US foreign policy in El Salvador; here is what to do about it.
Niall McLaren satirically suggests the NSA turn its talents to preventing now-endemic government corruption; Iraq vet Jon Turner discusses the long term impacts of PTSD; the Drug Policy Alliance decries a 13-year prison sentence given to a Louisiana man convicted of possessing two marijuana cigarettes; MPHOnline offers a stunning infographic that details sad realities about homelessness and unemployment in the US while highlighting the potential of “tiny homes”; the American Studies Association points to increased membership after supporting student divestment from Israel movements; Musa al-Gharbi highlights the ways misinformation, disinformation and ignorance adversely affect policy in the geopolitical and tactical spheres; Paul Thomas reviews The Trials of Muhammed Ali; and more.
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