Monthly Archives: July 2019

Oppression and Exploitation News July 25 – 31

Opposing oppression, injustice 2019

The four ordinary people who took on big pharma Beth Macy New York Times July 20, 2019 (Opinion)
“They tried to warn us about the dangers of OxyContin. Almost two decades later, we’re finally listening.”

Struggle for control 2019

Turkey’s ruling party is splintering. Here’s why. Yunus Orhan and Ora John Reuter Washington Post July 18, 2019 (Analysis)
“Defections could be a bigger threat to Erdogan’s rule than the recent election losses.”

Philippine Vice President, a Duterte foe, is charged in plot against him Jason Gutierrez New York Times July 19, 2019
“The charges against the 36 people, including Vice President Leni Robredo, several senators and Catholic officials, are aimed at those who have been sharply critical of Mr. Duterte’s war on drugs and other actions, like his crackdown on the news media.”

Opioid harm

Opioids have an important role in relieving pain. Nonetheless, opioids can cause serious harm: addiction to them can ruin lives. Thus they are a “controlled substance” where safeguards are—or should be—in place so they may be used only for serious pain relief. When these safeguards are breached, harm can be done to many people. This harm, and the responsibility for it, is a current critical issue in the United States.

The Washington Post has recently published an excellent series of articles on the opioid crisis, several of which are cited below.

This is a good introduction to the issue covering the scale of the problem, lawsuits over the issue, and the Post’s efforts to make the DEA’s opioid distribution database available to the public.
76 billion opioid pills: Newly released federal data unmasks the epidemic Scott Higham, Sari Horwitz and Steven Rich Washington Post July 16, 2019

Drilling into the DEA’s pain pill database Washington Post July 21, 2019
“From 2006 to 2012 there were 38,269,630 prescription pain pills, enough for 203 pills per person per year, supplied to Mingo County, W.Va.”

Opioid death rates soared in communities where pain pills flowed Sari Horwitz, Steven Rich and Scott Higham Washington Post July 16, 2019

Drug company executives said they didn’t contribute to the opioid epidemic. Nearly 2,000 communities say otherwise. Robert O’Harrow Jr. and Scott Higham Washington Post July 20, 2019

Shows the Post’s opioid epidemic articles over the past three years.
Follow The Post’s investigation of the opioid epidemic Washington Post Staff July 19, 2019

Global Peace Index released

Global peacefulness improves but the world is less peaceful than a decade ago.
The world is slightly more peaceful than a year ago Laren Favre U.S. News and World Report June 13, 2019
The U.S. drops to No. 128 out of 163 countries studied due to increased violence, political instability and a weakening view of its leadership.

Oppression and Exploitation News July 18 -24

Discrimination 2019

Trump fans the flames of a racial fire Peter Baker New York Times July 14, 2019

The real meaning of send her back Editorial Board New York Times July 18, 2019
“The president is looking to divide Americans along color lines, to conjure a zero-sum vision of America in which whites must contend against nonwhites for jobs, wealth, safety and citizenship. He thinks this approach will win him another four years in the White House. At this point, does it much matter if he is acting purely out of political cynicism, with no element of personal prejudice? The rage he is nurturing and the pain he is causing are all too real. The damage he is doing will take years to undo. ”

‘It was a massacre’: 10 are killed in caste-driven land dispute in India Jeffrey Gettleman, Hari Kumar and Kai Schultz New York Times July 18, 2019

Struggle for control 2019

One part of the U.S. military-industrial complex in action. How two firms lobby Congress to support both U.S. firms whose bombs are used in Yemen, and also Middle East countries involved in attacking Yemen.
The hell we’ve unleashed on Yemen Mashal Hashem and James Allen Truthdig May 16, 2019

Discrimination against women 2019

In Pakistan, a feminist hero Is under fire and on the run Jeffrey Gettleman New York Times July 23, 2019

Opposing oppression, injustice 2019

Puerto Rico has turned on its governor as deep unrest reaches the surface Arelis R. Hernández Washington Post July 21, 2019
“Puerto Rico has reached a turning point, with hundreds of thousands of protesters demanding that a generation of corruption, graft and class warfare here come to an end.”

Oppression and Exploitation News July 11 – 17

Harm through the market 2019

The brutal psychological toll of erratic work schedules Daniel Schneider and Kristen Harknett Washington Post June 27, 2019
“Unpredictable hours and variable pay may cause even more distress than low wages.”

Violation of laws and norms that form and strengthen democracy

Trump fans the flames of a racial fire Peter Baker New York Times July 14, 2019 (News analysis)

Google, Facebook, internet companies and harm

How Google went from providing information about its users in the aggregate to collecting a vast number of bits of information about you from the use of its services, using this information to sell ads that focus directly on you, and selling the information to others as well which, in combination with other information, can provide others with specific information about you, including your name and address.
Google’s 4,000-word privacy policy is a secret history of the internet Charlie Warzel and Ash Ngu New York Times July 10, 2019 (Opinion)

Struggle for control 2019

Politicians don’t actually care what voters want Joshua Kalla and Ethan Porter New York Times July 11, 2019
“[For example] in the average legislative district in our experiment, seven out of 10 constituents support eliminating mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders. But when legislators were asked how many of their constituents they believed supported such a policy, they responded that fewer than two out of 10 constituents did — even if they’d seen their own constituents’ preferences. “

Trump needs his base to burn with anger Thomas Edsall New York Times July 3, 2019

Details about the Argentinian government’s program to assassinate dissidents in the 1970s. It also shows that the CIA was informed of these assassinations and other “details” as they occurred, without informing the U.S. public. Part of the U.S human rights record.
Declassified U.S. documents reveal details about Argentina’s dictatorship Ernesto Londoño New York Times April 12, 2019