This week's roundup of media content from OptOut's independent, trustworthy news network includes stories about the war in Ukraine, the Texas primary elections, police policy, and rightwing extremism in the U.S. and abroad.
Your Independent Media Roundup
For Jewish Currents, Alex Kane interviews Matt Duss, foreign policy adviser to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), about how progressives should respond to the war in Ukraine.
What progressives have on our side is that we approach these issues with some consistency, whether we’re talking about opposing Putin’s aggression in Ukraine, or we’re talking about opposing Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s obliteration of Yemen...Addressing this broader problem of authoritarianism, repression, and corruption cannot and should not stop with just going after Putin and his regime.
The Red Nation's Nick Estes offers an Indigenous perspective on the war in Ukraine and the U.S.'s role in it.
From an Indigenous perspective, we can look the diplomacy of the United States as being one of only a hammer. And if all you have is a hammer, then everything is going to look like a nail.
In Jacobin, Ukrainian-American Polina Godz proposes a global movement to support for refugees, support each other, and oppose war.
Discourse Blog's Jack Crosbie has been reporting from Ukraine about the conflict, and now he's on his way home.
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The Big Lie of widespread voter fraud, a lie that animates almost the entire Republican Party as it grovels before Donald Trump, did well in this week's Texas elections, reports Bolts. And don't forget—this was the first election after state lawmakers passed a highly restrictive voting law, justified, they thought, by their Big Lie.
Republican voters on Tuesday blessed an effort by GOP elected officials in a North Texas county to take over the local election administration process in the name of fighting fraud.
On the other side of the Dallas region, a rare Republican member of Congress who voted to certify the 2020 presidential election and create a January 6th commission found himself locked into a runoff against a badly underfunded candidate who thinks it’s too early to say who won in 2020 and cheers efforts to overturn the results.
The Humanist Report reviews several Democratic U.S. House primaries in Texas from Tuesday, including District 35, where Democratic socialist Greg Casar won in a landslide.
New York City mayor and former cop Eric Adams is bringing back plainclothes police officers. Tana Ganeva writes for New York Focus.
Despite a long history of documented abuses, virtually without consequences, bringing back plainclothes police units is a key factor in Mayor Eric Adams’ plan to combat violent crime in the city. It’s not clear how he plans to stop them from committing more violent crime than they solve.
In Prism, Kinjo Kiema argues that the police don't stop crime, despite what corporate and legacy media often claim.
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The right's favorite business lobbying group continues its troubling work as it collaborates with a notorious hate group to push anti-abortion policies, reports David Armiak for Exposed by CMD.
Listen to SH!TPOST for the latest on the rightwing U.S. "convoy" movement.
Sara Aniano is a graduate student at Monmouth University studying communication with a focus on the rhetoric of the far-right on social media. She joins SH!TPOST to talk about US activists’ attempts to replicate Canadian trucker-themed protests stateside. In this episode, Jared and Sara examine the “People’s Convoy”: the most put-together of such efforts. They discuss who is behind People’s Convoy, what journalists and pundits are getting wrong about the effort, and how we can glean lessons from what’s happened so far.
Yale professor Jason Stanley, author of How Fascism Works, explains Putin's fascist tendencies and antisemitic propaganda to justify his war on Background Briefing with Ian Masters.
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