Roger Drouin, Truthout: As the first official research is published that confirms water contamination by hydraulic fracturing, an alarmingly large array of hazardous chemicals and compounds – including arsenic, chloride, barium and radium – are found in Pennsylvania groundwater.
Toshio Meronek, Truthout: When Chevron launched its “community-driven news” site, the Richmond Standard, in January, locals were right to be skeptical. We are just entering the era when high-tech companies own, control and actively participate in mainstream media. Is that a good thing?
Ellen Brown, Web of Debt: Postal Loans and Postal Cards are only two of a suite of non-bank financial services that have been proposed that could result in substantial savings for the poor, while at the same time generating much-needed profits for the struggling Postal Service itself.
Sheila D. Collins, Truthout: Both John Wesley Powell in 1878 and FDR in the 1930s warned about the California and Colorado Basin droughts. Each proposed ecological solutions that Congress ignored. We are now beginning to reap the consequences.
Robert Jensen and Patrick Youngblood, Truthout: In Texas and everywhere else, when organizing around such critical issues as climate change, inequality and US foreign policy, a realistic politics should challenge not only obvious opponents on the right but untrustworthy allies in the center.
Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, Democracy Now!: The battle over charter schools is heating up after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio blocked three privately run charter schools from using rent-free space inside public schools.
Ellen Dannin, Truthout: Federal policies since 1966 have mandated privatizing public work under a rubric of saving taxpayer dollars and preventing government from “competing” with its citizens. But how much has this policy actually saved?
Susan Freinkel, The Nation: The pathbreaking Center for the Health Assessment of Mothers and Children of Salinas study has detected developmental problems in children born to mothers who toiled in California’s treated fields – but will anything change?
Nick Surgey, PR Watch: Hundreds of state legislators have been lining up in favor of the Keystone XL pipeline, seemingly just as passionate and as heartfelt as those opposed to the project. But many legislators have been tasked with promoting the project by oil industry lobbyists who provide them with model bills, talking points and draft op-eds.
Daniel Wagner, Center for Public Integrity: Debt collectors are targeting members of the Armed Services by calling their superior officers, threatening reduction in rank and even courts-martial, despite stepped-up efforts to protect them from abuse, according to a government report issued last week.
Laura Carlsen, Americas Program: Militarism is a classic expression of a patriarchal system. It strips us of our rights and agency in the name of fear, arguing the need for protection of the weak, among them women. It is antidemocratic and imposes a system of hierarchies, secrecy and social control.
Injustice: As BP Refuses To Pay Remaining Gulf Oil Claims, US Restores Its Privileges
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Even though it agreed to a court settlement detailing the claims procedure for the Gulf oil spill, British Petroleum is now trying to legally declare its own agreement invalid. The US government is rewarding BP by allowing it to once again bid on federal contracts and oil drilling rights.
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