Feeding the Hand That Bites Us
John MacMurray: If more of us vote with our wallets, and tell the ALEC companies and the right wing actors and the banks that we’re no longer paying them to ruin our air, our water, our standard of living, and our kids’ futures or to support people who do these things—we may get some actual progress toward a better life for us all.
Greatest Immediate Threat to Mankind
Lawrence Wittner: Today, some 17,300 nuclear weapons remain in the arsenals of nine nations, and their use would not only dramatically exacerbate climate disruption, but would create almost unbelievable horrors caused by their enormous blast, immense firestorms, and radioactive contamination.
The Folly of War: Europe 1914, Ukraine 2014
Walter Moss: This year marks the centennial of the beginning of World War I. Some observers believe we humans are close to beginning another war—in Ukraine.
Should Campus Rapes Affect College Rankings?
Tara Culp-Ressler: A group of lawmakers is pressuring U.S. News & World Report to update its influential college ranking system to indicate which universities have come under fire for failing to adequately handle sexual assault cases on campus.
Targeting the Black Jobs Crisis
Joe Rihn: Over the last 40 years the economy as a whole has seen a shift toward low-wage and part-time jobs. As a result, 30 percent of black workers in Los Angeles County are currently making less than $12 an hour.
Run Against the Supreme Court
Bill Fletcher Jr.: Progressive candidates need to make the McCutcheon decision their battle cry and use it to demonstrate the extent to which the 1% is moving at breakneck pace to derail any pretense of democracy.
The Psychic Pain Borne by the Rich
Jim Hightower: One thing about the tea party Republicans in Congress is that they do know who butters their biscuits. Several have recently rushed forward with an anguished plea in defense of Wall Street barons, CEOs, and billionaires: "Stop the vilification of wealthy people," is their cry.
Cecily McMillan Trial Update: Halfway Through Picking The Jury
Kevin Zeese: Cecily claims that she was aggressively grabbed from behind by someone clenching her right breast and she instinctively reacted swinging her elbow around and hitting the person in the face.
The Iranian Nuclear Weapons Program That Wasn’t
Gareth Porter: The Obama administration’s brazen suggestion that it was indicting an individual for exporting U.S. products to a company that has been involved in Iran’s “nuclear weapons program” is simply a new version of the same linguistic trick used by the Bush administration.
Los Angeles Issues
Caroline Heldman: Occidental College administrators have given conflicting explanations for the 27-case gap in its 2012 sexual assaults report, and some of their explanations are blatant violations of federal reporting requirements.
Dick Price: Six of seven candidates for the recently vacated Los Angeles County Sheriff’s seat struggled mightily this past Sunday afternoon to convince a respectful crowd of perhaps 150 local activists that there is more than a hair’s breadth of difference in their positions.
Rodolfo F. Acuña: Have we learned nothing from the sixties when report after report concluded that these alleged type of tactics disaffected and produced militancy rather than promoting collegiality.
Jim Hightower: One thing about the tea party Republicans in Congress is that they do know who butters their biscuits. Several have recently rushed forward with an anguished plea in defense of Wall Street barons, CEOs, and billionaires: “Stop the vilification of wealthy people,” is their cry.
Ellen Brown: Taxpayers are paying billions of dollars for a swindle pulled off by the world’s biggest banks, using a form of derivative called interest-rate swaps; and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has now joined a chorus of litigants suing over it.
Robert Reich: At a time in our history when 95 percent of all economic gains are going to the top 1 percent, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour isn’t just smart economics and good politics. It’s also the morally right thing to do.