• BP: Four Years On, No Restoration in Sight

    By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

    (Photo: Erika Blumenfeld)(Photo: Erika Blumenfeld)

    For large numbers of fishermen and coastal residents living in the impact zone of BP's 2010 oil spill, encompassing Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, the disaster has never ended. Along with marine life and the broader ecosystem, they continue to show clear signs of the chronic impact of the largest marine oil disaster in US history. 



  • Economic Policy in a Post-Piketty World

    Economic Policy in a Post-Piketty World

    By Dean Baker, Truthout | Op-Ed

    Thomas Piketty’s new book, Capital in the 21st Century, has done a remarkable job of focusing public attention on the growth of inequality in the last three decades and the risk that it will grow further in the decades ahead. Piketty’s basic point on this issue is almost too simple for economists to understand: if the rate of return on wealth (r) is greater than the rate of growth (g), then wealth is likely to become ever more concentrated. This raises the obvious question of what can be done to offset this tendency towards rising inequality?

  • The Rhetoric of Violence

    The Rhetoric of Violence

    By Chris Hedges, Truthdig | Op-Ed

    At least nine people were killed and at least 35 others were wounded in shootings across Chicago on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On April 13 three people, including a child, were murdered at two Jewish-affiliated facilities in Overland Park, Kan., leading to the arrest of a white supremacist. In America, violence and the threat of lethal force are the ways we communicate. Violence - the preferred form of control by the state - is an expression of our hatred, self-loathing and lust for vengeance. And this bloodletting will increasingly mark a nation in terminal decline.