Why climate change is inherently racist / by Jeremy Williams

(Image credit: Andrew Lichtenstein/Getty) Climate change divides along racial lines. Could tackling it help address longstanding injustices?W When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, it was the city’s black neighbourhoods that bore the brunt of the storm. Twelve years later, it was the black districts of Houston that took the full force of Hurricane Harvey. In bothContinue reading “Why climate change is inherently racist / by Jeremy Williams”

Historical Pact Coalition Heads for Elections in Violence-Ridden Colombia / by W. T. Whitney Jr.

Campaigning in Colombia began January 15 for congressional elections on March 13, and for first-round voting for a new president on May 29. Gustavo Petro, leader of the progressive Humane Colombia movement, will likely be the Historical Pact coalition’s presidential candidate. A former urban guerrilla, congressional representative, mayor of Bogota, and now senator, Petro ranContinue reading “Historical Pact Coalition Heads for Elections in Violence-Ridden Colombia / by W. T. Whitney Jr.”

‘People feel unheard’: Lawmakers search for more answers to Maine’s housing crisis / by Dan Neumann

“It’s a horrible system that I got caught in,” said Lewiston resident Amy Sanchez, who spent three years on a waitlist for a federal Section 8 rental assistance voucher after leaving an abusive marriage. “I was on a waitlist for forever long.” After navigating a gauntlet of means testing and twice appearing before a judge, she finallyContinue reading “‘People feel unheard’: Lawmakers search for more answers to Maine’s housing crisis / by Dan Neumann”

The opioid crisis: Origins and humane solutions / by Sebastiano Porcu

Images: Pills, ajay_suresh (CC BY 2.0) The opioid crisis lies at the intersection of two public health challenges: reducing the burden of suffering from pain, and the rising toll of harms related to opioid use.—Report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 2017 Decriminalization is important, because it introduces a lot of coherenceContinue reading “The opioid crisis: Origins and humane solutions / by Sebastiano Porcu”

Maine shattered its annual record for overdose deaths in 2021 / by Randy Billings

Image credit: WMTW Fentanyl driving record drug overdose deaths in Maine The 636 deaths, a 23% increase over 2020, are largely the result of fentanyl being added to other drugs. Increased isolation and other pandemic challenges also were factors. Shortly before Christmas, Catherine Ryder received news that no mother wants to hear. Her son, ColinContinue reading “Maine shattered its annual record for overdose deaths in 2021 / by Randy Billings”

Report: Only a third of PPP money went to the workers it was intended for / by Dan Neumann

A new report shows that only about one-third of the money distributed to businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), co-authored by Republican Sen. Susan Collins, actually went to workers who would have otherwise lost jobs.  The study by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that instead most of the PPP moneyContinue reading “Report: Only a third of PPP money went to the workers it was intended for / by Dan Neumann”

U.S. government pays big money for bad news about Cuba / by W.T. Whitney, Jr.

Viral propaganda: In the social media age, the U.S.’ anti-Cuba efforts have to keep up with the way people get their information (and disinformation). Here, protesters in Key West, Fla., use their phones to photograph and video a flag reading ‘SOS Cuba’ from atop the Southernmost Point buoy, July 13, 2021. | Rob O’Neal/The KeyContinue reading “U.S. government pays big money for bad news about Cuba / by W.T. Whitney, Jr.”

Biden and NATO raise the stakes in deadly Ukraine war gamble / by C.J. Atkins

Two Ukrainian soldiers carry a recoilless rifle after conducting an air assault mission training in conjunction with the U.S. Army. | U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Tarr The war danger in Ukraine is escalating, and once more it is Washington and the NATO military alliance it controls which are raising the stakes inContinue reading “Biden and NATO raise the stakes in deadly Ukraine war gamble / by C.J. Atkins”

Maine governor supports agribusiness, vetoes farmworkers’ rights bill / by Audrey Huff

Photo: Activists with Migrant Justice protest outside a Hannaford supermarket. | Terry Allen via Migrant Justice, Facebook On Jan. 7, Maine’s governor, Janet Mills started off the year by vetoing LD 1711, a bill that would have granted farmworkers the ability to bargain for better wages, hours, benefits, and working conditions. It would also haveContinue reading “Maine governor supports agribusiness, vetoes farmworkers’ rights bill / by Audrey Huff”