John Logan, Truthout: Volkswagen accepts that its Chattanooga workers may vote for the union representation enjoyed by workers at all the company’s 61 major facilities outside of the United States and China: Why are Tennessee Republican politicians and a host of outside interests interfering?
Candice Bernd, Truthout: Since witnesses reported that Pakistani anti-drone activist Kareem Kahn was kidnapped from his home, antiwar activists mobilized to demand the truth behind the abduction. Khan was released in the early morning hours February 14. He had been interrogated, beaten and tortured.
Mike Ludwig, Truthout: Federal authorities launched a criminal investigation following Duke Energy’s massive coal ash spill and reports of ongoing leaks into North Carolina’s Dan River, amid allegations the state has long turned a blind eye.
AK Thompson, Truthout: What are the connections between love and struggle? How can we rescue radical love from cardboard expression and use it to “restore the humanity” of our oppressors?
John Pilger, Truthout: The United States extended its empire by dividing up Korea into the “good” South and the “bad” North in the “forgotten war” following WWII. By 2020, China will be ringed by US missiles and nuclear weapons-armed aircraft. Will this history also be forgotten?
Sarah Jaffe, In These Times: Last year, K-12 teachers in the Holyoke, Massachusetts, school district were told to try a new tactic to improve test scores: posting “data walls” of students’ scores in their classrooms. The data walls are seen as the latest salvo in a war over what many see as “predatory education reform.”
Bill Shireman, Truthout: It is exhausting to lead a nonprofit this way: scrounging for dollars from individuals, foundations and the wealthy, then advocating your objectives with the other half of your life. This model often burns out the people, drives out the ideas and leads to vested interest control. There are alternatives.
Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: One of the odd things about the United States has long been the immense range of people who consider themselves to be middle class – and are deluding themselves. Low-paid workers who would be considered poor by international standards nonetheless consider themselves lower-middle-class.
Martha Rosenberg, AlterNet: Many of these ingredients are banned in Europe, but here in the good old USA, there’s a good chance you are eating some of these products and byproducts.
Linnea M. Paton, Waging Nonviolence: “Once we had decided affirmatively that, yes, we did want to get married, we were left with a daunting question: What does a noncommercial, environmentalist, radical wedding look like?”