Victoria Law, Truthout: Nearly 19 years after Kelly Savage’s husband killed her 3-year-old son and they both were convicted of murder, she is filing for a writ of habeas corpus, arguing that expert testimony about domestic violence was not included during her trial. Will California allow her a second chance?
Hannah K. Gold, Truthout: In the 1960s and ’70s, the ROTC was kicked off campuses in the Northeast. Now it’s back, appealing to the most vulnerable students, and bringing military culture along with it.
Liz McFall, The Conversation: Obamacare has another difficult year ahead. The attempt to introduce a more affordable health care system has been notably controversial from the start, and this looks set to continue.
Peter Handel, Truthout: With its reputation for ultra-secrecy, imprisonment of rogue missionaries and a leadership baffling to outsiders, it’s no wonder few tourists in the United States even think of taking a state-approved tour in North Korea. Meet Robert Willoughby, author of the only dedicated guide to the country.
Emily Schwartz Greco, OtherWords: Low prices at the pump are imperiling oil fracking operations in Texas and North Dakota. Many companies may start losing money or even go broke. While the green-minded may welcome the doom of fracking, there’s a risk cheap oil could speed the pace of climate change.
Mikey Weinstein, AlterNet: Far more than merely a few elected officials have ceaselessly covered the flanks of the Christian fundamentalist forces that are actively commandeering our US military.
Sam Husseini, Consortium News: Truth-telling can be a dangerous undertaking, especially when done by government insiders trying to expose wrongdoing connected to war-making, as British intelligence official Katharine Gun discovered in blowing the whistle on a pre-Iraq War ploy.
Antonia Bruno, Zero Waste World: Following Typhoon Haiyan, survivors in impacted communities in the Philippines came together in a deep expression of solidarity to help each other rebuild their homes and lives.
Crystal Shepeard, Care2: While their motivations may be different, the health insurance industry and the Obama administration have created an alliance to push back against Republican attempts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.
The BuzzFlash commentary for Truthout will return soon.
Hosni Mubarak Cleared of Conspiring to Kill Protesters in Egypt’s 2011 Uprising
Election Win Puts Rural San Benito County on Anti-Fracking Map
From Broken Homes to a Broken System
Ahead of Peru Climate Summit, Cautious Hope for Strong Draft Text
The New Threat: “Racism Without Racists”
Fast-Food Workers Plan National Strikes for December 4
Detroit’s Young Gentrifiers Face a Daunting Task in Buying $500 Homes: Evicting Poor Residents
Adam Hudson, Truthout: From October 22 to 25, 2013, pretrial hearings for the five men accused of plotting the 9/11 terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people took place but made little progress as the issue of torture – and the protective order preventing its discussion – dominated the hearings.
Niall McLaren, Truthout: The idea that workers have to be beaten down at every turn just doesn’t add up, as the industrial experience Down Under shows us every day of the year.
Alexandra McAnarney, Truthout: While many Latin American countries tell the stories of the victims of human rights violations perpetrated during the military regimes and dictatorships of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s through public trials and increased access to historical archives, in El Salvador, repression of alternative narratives intensifies.
Eugene Robinson, Washington Post Writers Group: In a stunning new treatise on the Catholic Church and its role in society, Pope Francis addresses the widening gap of inequality that capitalism is creating around the globe and charges Christians to be accountable for their own worship of the false idol better known as money.
Adil E. Shamoo, Foreign Policy in Focus: Palestinians should not lend their name to a charade of endless negotiations; Shamoo instead demands that they “let negotiations go, and find other means of achieving Palestinian rights and statehood.”
Frances Moore Lappe, Yes! Magazine: Over the past few decades, the slow food movement has flourished into an endless garden of possibilities. Now, food that is good for our bodies and the planet might also be the key to addressing climate change.
Richard Kirsch, Next New Deal: By rejecting a contract that amounted to corporate extortion, the Machinists Local 751 at Boeing have taken a stand for middle-class workers all over the country.
Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Newspapers: Economists worry about the flagging household-formation rate as graduates, unable to find full-time work, continue to live with their parents for extended periods of time.
Dennis J. Bernstein, Consortium News: It has been discovered that a Sonoma County Deputy Sheriff, who shot and killed a popular Latino eighth-grader who was holding a toy gun, has a history of overreaction that dates back years as the incident has sparked a series of interviews with neighbors and community members who have all had negative interactions with the officer.
The BuzzFlash commentary for Truthout will return soon.
There Is No Thanksgiving for Violence, Poverty and Injustice
Massive Black Friday Strike and Arrests Planned, as Workers Defy Walmart
Pope Francis Understands Economics Better than Most Politicians
Deadline Looms on Undetectable Guns
Despite Filibuster Limits, a Door Remains Open to Block Judge Nominees
When a Government Knows More About Its Citizens Than They Do About the Government, It Is Tyranny
An Army in Transition Awaits West Point Cadets as Wars End, Military Budgets Shrink
Ruling Mahavidya: Kamala, the Lotus Goddess, Goddess of Kundalini, Goddess of Assurance
AUDIO UPDATE 11/24/2013
Things are coming up from the core of who we are today. It’s a deep, elemental process of change.
Because we are shifting inside, the outer world follows suit and shifts as well. The bedrock of life is transforming into something new and stronger.
The intensity of the Scorpio lunar cycle wanes as the Balsamic Moon phase enters today. Balsamic Moon phase is the time of month to surrender and release all that has transpired over the last month, all that we do not want to carry with us into the Sagittarius lunar cycle, which begins December 2. Now is the time to cleanse and purge, preparing the field of consciousness for new energy to enter. We have much assistance to do this. Gaia-Sophia has a massive cleanup effort underway herself. She’s welling up and cleaning house.
Keep in mind today that interpersonal communications have strong potential to get aggressive. Road ragers are out, too. This is in response to the shifting that is happening with the return of the sacred masculine. People do not understand what is happening to them, and they are reacting unconsciously. They are holding on tightly. Values are conflicting as the old bedrock gives way to new. As the foundation of relationships and situations change, the idea is to welcome it because it is bringing balance. People, places, and situations that have not had their proper credit or due are coming into their own. This is sweet relief.
Wise owls trust and observe the process today. The rearrangement of elements ultimately makes for a richer experience of life. Give things space to shift – this includes space inside you and space for others. The time of change is upon the world. Let your core be transformed.