Henry A. Giroux, Truthout: In an excerpt from his new book, Giroux explains how four decades of neoliberal policies have resulted in an economic Darwinism that promotes privatization, commodification, free trade, and deregulation.
Candice Bernd, Truthout: Police departments across the nation are concealing their use of cellphone tracking equipment from local courts because of nondisclosure agreements which allow the departments to use the devices on loan – as long as they promise the manufacturer to keep it a secret.
Rev. Osagyefo Sekou, Truthout: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. prophesied: “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.” One year later, he was martyred.
Rivera Sun, Truthout: The stories from the frontlines of nonviolent struggle are not the ones shown on the evening news; they are human stories of hope and determination.
Bill Lichtenstein, Truthout: Seclusion or restraint for students is much more widely used in schools than you’d think, and it’s endangering student health. The Keeping All Students Safe Act would outlaw the practice, but its passage in Congress is threatened because both of its sponsors are retiring.
Kara Brandeisky, ProPublica: Obama’s commutation reforms have been cheered by prisoners’ rights advocates who call them necessary. But the new initiatives don’t address other problems with presidential clemency, like racial disparity in pardons and covering every prisoner serving an outdated sentence.
Tom Finn and Sam Kimball, System Change Not Climate Change: The way of life on the Isle de Jean Charles for the Biloxi-Chitimacha, the small Native American tribe who first settled on the isle in the 1840s and carved out an existence amongst its swamps and marshes, is now in jeopardy due to climate change.
Lynn Parramore, Campaign For America’s Future: Our society is increasingly designed by politicians indebted to the 1% for the express purpose of enhancing and maintaining the power of the very top rung. The rest of us are left to cope with a rocky, competitive life path that leaves us isolated and exhausted.
Emily Schwartz Greco and John Feffer, OtherWords: Fortunately, there’s a big pot of money available to avert a climate catastrophe. Accessing that money, however, requires cutting back on a different set of pollutants; the huge cache of weapons the world continues to produce.
Jake Bernstein, ProPublica: A federal judge dismissed the claims of a former bank examiner at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York who says she was fired for refusing to change her finding that Goldman Sachs lacked a firm-wide conflict-of-interest policy.
The BuzzFlash commentary for Truthout will return Monday, April 28.
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