• Defining a Federalist Approach to Immigration Reform: The Left Stands on Firmer Legal Ground

    By Simon Davis-Cohen, Truthout | News Analysis

    2014 823 farmFarm workers tending to the fields in a Central Valley near Stratford, Calif., March 15, 2014. Few groups are more eager for immigration reform than the agricultural interests that rely on migrant laborers, and now with much of the existing work-force aging past 50, farm managers see reform as a moral as well as an economic imperative. (Photo: Matt Black / The New York Times)

    With a federal floor of protections for noncitizens at their back, immigrant and refugee-friendly local laws and tactics are defining what it means to fight for human rights from the ground up.

  • "Less Lethal" Flash-Bangs Used in Ferguson Leave Some Feeling the Burn

    "Less Lethal" Flash-Bangs Used in Ferguson Leave Some Feeling the Burn

    By Abbie Nehring, ProPublica | Report

    Flash-bang devices are one of many military-style weapons being used in Ferguson, along with tear gas and beanbag munitions. While marketed as non-lethal, there have been instances in which flash-bangs have caused serious injury and sometimes death when used by police, prompting debate over their proper use.

  • It's Not Just a Job

    It's Not Just a Job

    By Jerome A. Popp, Truthout | Op-Ed

    When the federal government embraces policies and trade agreements that decrease the number and quality of jobs in the nation, many citizens will lose much more than income and the ability to support their families. When a nation exports its jobs to other countries, its citizens are depreciated as human beings because they are deprived of access to avenues of experience in which they discover and evaluate the significance of their own existence.