Congress once again failed to lift a ban on federal funding for syringe exchange programs, despite overwhelming evidence that exchanging used needles for new ones can saves lives and millions of dollars in health care costs. Fortunately, activists on the ground have never waited for lawmakers to act.
There are several overlapping narratives in Rory Fanning's book, Worth Fighting For: An Army Ranger's Journey Out of the Military and Across America. He spoke to Truthout about his aims in writing the book, the meaning of Pat Tillman and how to engage with war resisters in the military.
New technologies like fracking - along with government subsidies - have ushered in an energy boom reliant on extreme extraction methods to produce oil and natural gas. Now the Uinta Basin is ground zero for what threatens to become the next phase in extreme energy extraction: strip mining for tar sands and oil shale.