Bombs strike Baghdad in 2003. According to a recent study published in the PLoS Medicine journal, almost 500,000 people were killed during the Iraq War. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
—Aaron Cantú focuses on the War on Drugs and mass incarceration, social inequality and post-capitalist institutional design.
“The Latest News in Fossil Fuel Addiction,” by Michael Klare. TomDispatch, October 15, 2013.
Part of the transition to a post-capitalist, locally based society involves reconfiguring our living arrangements so that we’re less dependent on fossil fuels to get around. It beggars the mind to think of what this would look like among the tentacled metropolises of highways, retail stores and suburbs like Houston and Phoenix, and the oil industry would prefer that we not try. In fact, they’ve begun singing a new chorus, heralding the coming of an American “industrial renaissance” thanks to surging levels of petrol production brought about by innovative drilling techniques. In his piece, Michael Klare kills the euphoria of the energy industry and their government stooges by reminding everybody that more drilling means more carbon emissions means a more hostile planetary environment.
—Owen Davis focuses on public education, media and the effects of social inequality.
“The Not-So-Hidden Cause Behind the A.D.H.D. Epidemic,” by Maggie Koerth-Baker. The New York Times, October 20, 2013.
It might be reductive to imagine an apparatus connecting the pharmaceutical industry with American public schools designed exclusively to deliver psychostimulants into children’s bodies. But if it does exist, Maggie Koerth-Baker’s op-ed on spiking ADHD identifies one of the system’s levers: standardized testing. Koreth-Baker relates how early adopters of No Child Left Behind, the federal education law that penalizes low-scoring schools, saw their ADHD rates jump to double that of states that signed on later; nationwide, ADHD diagnoses rose 22 percent within four years of the law’s enactment.
—Omar Ghabra focuses on Syria and Middle Eastern politics.
“New Study Estimates Nearly 500,000 Died in Iraq War,” by Courtney Subramanian. Time, October 15, 2013.