Forecasts look gloomy from Chicago to Greece as politicians play on economic fears, but there are patches of sunlight in places like Chile and the soon-to-be "sanctuary city" of Toronto.
— Alleen Brown focuses on education.
“Meet the cross-subsidy, an increasingly painful way to pay for special ed,” by Beth Hawkins. MinnPost, February 25, 2013.
Minnesota reporter Beth Hawkins writes a powerful piece describing how a severely underfunded mandate that schools provide adequate services to all students with disabilities has become a "politically expedient place to hide the true extent to which funding for Minnesota schools has been cut over the last decade." The term "cross-subsidy" describes the deficit that forces districts to draw from general education coffers to fund special education services for the growing number of students with disabilities.
— James Cersonsky focuses on labor and education.
“Disaster Capitalism, Chicago-style,” by Kenzo Shibata. Jacobin, February 22, 2013.
Without humanitarian-crisis-inducing hurricanes in the Midwest, Chicago's Democratic machine has had to manufacture a budget crisis in order to legitimate the widespread takeover and transformation of the city's public school system. There are two things that make this article cool: (1) it's some edgy prose; (2) it—edgy prose—is written by a Chicago Teachers Union staffer for a popular audience.
— Catherine Defontaine focuses on war, security and peace-related issues, African and French politics, peacekeeping and the link between conflicts and natural resources.
“The rise of Europe's far-right voices,” by Mohammed Haddad and Ben Piven. Al Jazeera, February 24, 2013.
Rising unemployment, economic instability and social discontent have led to a nationalist surge in Europe. Indeed, far-right nationalist parties have gained prominence in recent years, attracting more voters at each election. Emphasizing Western as well as Christian values and opposing immigration, these parties express eurosceptic views and have a populist rhetoric that fuels racism and intolerance towards minorities. Geert Wilders in the Netherlands and Marine le Pen in France are the most well-known figures in Europe. In Greece, Golden Dawn is notorious for its use of violence against migrants and anarchists. This article reviews key far-right parties in Europe, their ideologies and results in national elections.