Truthout / Buzzflash Newslinks 2 February 2013
2 February 2013 — Truthout / Buzzflash
Mychal Denzel Smith, The Nation: Over the past few years, more than 3,800 former football players have sued the NFL over the issue of head injuries. The average fan justifies watching by telling himself that these men are being paid millions of dollars to play a game they know is dangerous.
Robert Reich, Robert Reich’s Blog: We are in the most anemic recovery in modern history, yet the government is heading in exactly the wrong direction: raising taxes on the middle class, and cutting spending. We’re following Europe’s sorry example of failed austerity economics.
Greg Guma, Maverick Media: The arguments against gun regulation tend to fall into three categories: the right to bear arms is constitutionally protected; gun control won’t reduce violence in society; and gun laws are a serious threat to freedom. But do these assertions hold up to scrutiny?
Laura Flanders, Truthout: New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof clearly cares about violence against women and girls. So why does the star sexual violence crusader irritate me so much?
In today’s On the News segment: The Obama administration is on track to deport more than 2 million undocumented immigrants by 2014; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie continues to screw over working people in his state; 234 college campuses around the US have taken up the fossil fuel divestment campaign; and more.
Bryan K. Bullock, Truthout: Beauty queens and cheerleaders have enjoyed apparently easy access to the US prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, while prisoners’ attorneys had to fight for access to their clients.
Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company: Is the Obama administration – in its fight against terror – functioning within the rule of law, or abusing presidential power when there has been no formal declaration of war?
Inés Benítez, Inter Press Service: The severe crisis crippling Spain is also sparking some creative responses, such the Okonomía project, a teaching initiative that helps individuals and communities to understand the workings of the economy and make more informed decisions to manage their finances.
Ronnie Cummins and Dave Murphy, AlterNet: United Natural Foods Incorporated, the largest wholesale distributor of organic and “natural” foods in the US, is currently under investigation for 45 violations of federal labor law.
Bo Cutter, Next New Deal: An obsession with the largest economic players distracts us from the smaller companies that should drive our future economy.
Jen Chien, National Radio Project: Artists and creative people have always used culture as a tool for social change. A panel discusses racial justice, culture and politics featuring some of today’s most insightful and outspoken artists.
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