Maya Schenwar, The New York Times: We are accustomed to hearing about exorbitant mandatory minimum sentencing for drug offenses, but similar sentencing for gun possession is less frequently mentioned, though its effects are often just as devastating, especially for poor people and people of color.
Candice Bernd, Truthout: In the first legal challenge of its kind, Yemeni detainee Emad Abdullah Hassan’s attorneys argue the military protocols for force-feeding prisoners at Guantánamo Bay have been knowingly altered to inflict superfluous suffering, in a move to silence the prisoners’ nonviolent protests.
Carmen Yarrusso, Truthout: Buying and selling political influence is, like money laundering and illegal drug trafficking, a consensual crime with a radically different nature than most crime that makes enforcing laws against this category of crime practically impossible.
Chris Steele, Truthout: How have the politics and statistics Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) used in his 1999 song “Mathematics” changed in the 15 years since the song’s release?
Werner de Gruijter, Truthout: The West in general passively believes the narrative of its secret services in favor of state control. What’s wrong with us? Why do we give up our liberties so easily? How can we avoid this trend toward authoritarianism?
Kathleen Wells, Truthout: For 114 years, The William Morris Agency has perpetuated overtly racist policies, disallowing black concert promoters from contracting with white entertainers. Now Leonard Rowe has filed commercial liens against the agency and others following wrongful dismissal of his civil rights lawsuit.
Michael Gallagher, Contrary Perspective: The enthusiastic world-wide support given the extraordinary trio failed to include so much as an absent-minded pat on the head from the American Catholic hierarchy. Nor did they get much more attention from the liberal Catholic media.
Camila Ibanez, Waging Nonviolence: For a nation whose land and sovereignty has been threatened for hundreds of years by US politics, the Keystone XL pipeline is part of a long history of threats to the Lakota Nation – and to the earth itself.
Medea Benjamin, Pink Tank: Benjamin: When I boarded the plane to Cairo, Egypt, to make sure everything was in place for the women’s delegation headed to Gaza, I had no reason to think I’d end up in a jail cell at the Cairo airport and then violently deported.
Sarah Galli, Next New Deal: America’s health care system neglects people who require long-term care and denies them the opportunity to lead full, rewarding lives.
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