Pavel Novák: It is fascinating, as well as disconcerting, that countries such as the Czech Republic and Slovakia, who have gained much from their membership in the EU and have been enjoying continuous growth and prosperity, endanger the integration and basic freedoms of the EU, and themselves.
Walter Moss: Putin distrusts democracy and believes that Russia and many other countries require a strong state government.
Marcy Winograd: Mobilizing to prevent Schumer’s Senate ascendancy may be the most practical way grassroots Democrats can channel their anger at a perceived rush to war on Iran.
Marcy Winograd: New York Senator Chuck Schumer’s statement opposing the Iran deal reads like a wishy-washy-wish-I-didn’t-have-to-write this Dear John letter to President Obama.
Janet Phelan: The front man for this anti-Constitutional piece of legislation is Texas Congressman Ted Poe. Poe, a former criminal court judge, ascended to the US House of Representatives in 2004, running on a “border security” platform.
Tad Daley: Is it time to begin devising architectures of global governance not “to avoid the mistakes of the 1930s,” but instead intended for our own unfolding 21st Century?
John Peeler: Syriza must now define an alternative within capitalism without submitting to the capitalist conventional wisdom that more austerity is the only way out.
Richard Wolff: If the Greek people vote no—their refusal to cooperate with capitalism’s plans—then a new political landscape will emerge.
Lila Garrett: And so, boys and girls, those 545 subjects—who, by the way, were elected by we the people to represent us—threw in the towel and handed our future, our health, our happiness to the master of all he surveys. Barack Obama.
Larry Wines: The furor over a piece of cloth in the form of a Confederate Battle Flag is the perfect diversion from institutionalizing secrecy that cripples American workers.
Joseph Palermo: He had a clear choice: either side with workers, environmentalists, consumers, and progressives – or side with Wall Street, Big Pharma, Wal-Mart, and the Koch Brothers.
Murray Polner: Obama was going to be different, or so we hoped. The hundreds of thousands who joyously hailed him in Grant Park and the 1.5 million who turned out for his first inauguration were ecstatic with anticipation. The policies of the past were dead and gone. Or so we innocents thought.
TPP has been widely criticized for effectively granting extraordinary legal rights to corporations and investors that it does not extend to unions, public interest groups and individuals.