Josh Neufeld and Adam Bessie, Truthout: Metaphors matter and it is bad policy and worse poetry to describe education as a pipeline, argue the authors of this comic, which illustrates the education reform debate from an alternative perspective, both ideologically and visually.
Candice Bernd, Truthout: Civil liberties advocates are pushing back against Oakland’s planned Domain Awareness Center with a new strategy – emphasizing that if officials sign a contract with Schneider Electric to build the center, it will be in violation of the California city’s Nuclear Free Zone ordinance.
Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research: The establishment survey showed the economy created just 113,000 jobs in January. Coupled with the 75,000 increase reported for December, this is the weakest two-month stretch since December, 2010 to January 2011.
Reza Aslan, Random House: The portrait of Jesus that emerges from Reza Aslan’s Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth – a zealous revolutionary swept up, as all Jews of the era were, in the religious and political turmoil of first-century Palestine – bears little resemblance to the image of the gentle shepherd cultivated by the early Christian community.
Greg Guma, Maverick Media: Sochi is not the first Olympic community to be shortchanged, disrupted, and abused. Take the 1980 Winter Games, which happened shortly after the US and USSR began their face off in Afghanistan. The Lake Placid Games could easily have become a $150 million disaster movie.
Tracy Rosenberg, Truthout: Will the historic low-power radio filing of October 2013 result in an infusion of media diversity, or will its results fall short of the ambitious goals of the low-power radio movement?
James Anderson, Truthout: Activists are supporting the prisoners at Illinois’ Menard Correctional Facility who have been on hunger strike since January 15 to protest their administrative detention without due process and conditions of confinement.
Kathy Kelly, Dissident Voice: “Two weeks ago in a room in Kabul, Afghanistan, I joined several dozen people, working seamstresses, some college students, socially engaged teenagers and a few visiting internationals like myself, to discuss world hunger.”
Ernest A. Canning, The Brad Blog: After a recent three-to-three decision by a partisan-deadlocked Federal Elections Commission, Karl Rove may have thought he was off the hook for federal campaign finance violations by his Crossroads GPS organization. Two nonprofit, good government groups, however, feel differently.
Lydia Bowers, Next New Deal: There is a new, fast-growing class of low-wage workers who would not see the benefit of a raise in the minimum wage. These new “insourced” workers are individuals who contract with large Internet-based companies like Uber and Taskrabbit to perform services here in the United States.
Jaisal Noor, The Real News Network: The 2014 Olympic Games are underway in Sochi, Russia. But a hot topic for these games has nothing to do with sports. Human Rights Watch released a video showing brutal harassment of gay Russian men ranging from public humiliation to physical violence.