Truthout / Buzzflash 26 January 2013
26 January 2013 – Truthout / Buzzflash
Zach Roberts, Truthout: Obama‘s second inauguration was not nearly as large, and it was a little bit more cynical. People seemed to understand that hope alone wasn’t going to get us to change.
Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company: Amgen – the world’s largest biotechnology firm – snuck a clause into the fiscal cliff bill to give itself two more years of relief from Medicare cost controls for certain drugs.
Jason Leopold, Truthout: Under the Freedom of Information Act, the Department of Defense (DoD) won’t release the diaries and sketches of accused terrorist Abu Zubaydah because the DOD claims it could taint his prosecution before a military commission.
In today’s On the News segment: CIA whistleblower, John Kiriakou, was sentenced to 30 months in jail for releasing classified information that exposed the agency’s use of waterboarding; Democrats dropped the ball on filibuster reform; austerity continues to cripple the British economy; and more.
Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout: The book I Still Believe Anita Hill: Three Generations Discuss the Legacies of Speaking Truth to Powerhighlights the continuing challenge of confronting sexual harassment despite the legacy of Anita Hill‘s testimony bringing the crime to light 20 years ago and the ensuing conflict over gender and racial loyalties.
Thom Hartmann and Sam Sacks, The Daily Take: Why on earth the March for Life movement would make an allegiance with a political party that’s seeped in the blood of numerous anti-life policies defies all logic.
Seth Freed Wessler, Colorlines: Obama cautiously addressed the relationship between mental health services and gun violence, but it’s not at all clear what psychiatric diagnoses, mental health care and gun violence have to do with each other.
Christie Thompson, ProPublica: As Aaron Swartz’s and other “hacktivist” cases demonstrate, you don’t necessarily have to be a hacker to be viewed as one under federal law. Are activists like Swartz committing civil disobedience, or online crimes?
Mikey Weinstein, AlterNet: West Point‘s Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) obsesses on skinheads and the most extreme fundamentalist Bible-wavers, but ignores the daily, relentless assault on freedom committed by those with stars on their chests and stripes on their shoulders.
Jen Chien, National Radio Project: Massive dams are being built and considered all over the world, despite mounting concern over their economic, environmental and human impacts.
Ira Chernus, AlterNet: The right wingers have been so convinced for so long that Israel can do no wrong, it hardly matters to them what Israel does. It’s Israel the symbol – not the reality – that the Republicans love.
The Buzzflash commentary for Truthout will return soon.
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