This week: Turkey’s citizens are uniting against an authoritarian state, the families of Guantánamo Bay hunger strikers are waiting for action and universities are becoming increasingly indistinguishable from corporations. On the bright side, Facebook has finally admitted that censoring pictures of breast-feeding women but allowing ones depicting violence against women is wrong.
— Darren Ankrom focuses on climate change.
“Why America’s Shale Oil Boom Could End Sooner Than You Think,” by Christopher Helman. Forbes, June 13, 2013.
A thorough economic analysis of potentially volatile future oil production and prices. Just more incentive to develop alternative energy sources, not to even mention the environmental impact of all this shale.
— Humna Bhojani focuses on the War on Terror and the Middle East.
“New York police sued over surveillance of Muslims,” by Chris Francescani. Reuters, June 18, 2013.
On Tuesday, the ACLU filed a lawsuit against the NYPD over its surveillance of Muslim communities. The surveillance by the NYPD combined with the metadata collection by the NSA is an unprecedented invasion into the private lives of Muslims in this country. Wait a minute, is that… is that… a drone outside my office window?
— Rick Carp focuses on media, psychology and environmentalism.
“Buzz Off, Monsanto,” PR Watch, June 19, 2013.
Pesticide corporations begin a tour to discredit the science that says their products are killing the pollinators that sustain the food system. On a related, slightly older note: while they go on tour trying to deflect attention away from the problems caused by the pesticides, they also are developing ridiculous so-called solutions like Robot Bees.
— Keenan Duffey focuses on Middle East national politics.
“Occupy Gezi: The Limits of Turkey’s Neoliberal Success,” by Cihan Tugal. Jadaliyya, June 4, 2013.
Turkey’s ruling AKP party has dealt with protests against its development policies for over a decade by marginalizing and dividing their opposition. Neoliberal economic policy has driven the ruling party to remake Istanbul in the image of the West, eliminating much of its public space in the process. In recent weeks, however, the government’s brutal tactics in trying to disperse protesters from Taksim Square’s last green space, Gezi Park, has united the previously disparate interest groups against police brutality and an increasingly authoritarian state.