Links to Start Your Week 3/9/14

Surveillance

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has asked the FBI to look into congressional staffers who have been working on a report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation practices. The move comes after CIA officials complained that they thought the staffers had accessed classified information somehow.

Democracy

Noam Chomsky comments on the inherently undemocratic tendencies of American politics. This includes the fact that most polling numbers and policy applications indicate that 70% of the population wield no influence on policy whatsoever.

War on Terror

The American Psychological Association did not take action against members who were complicit in torturing suspects in the War on Terror.

Also, Obama continues to suppress the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA’s torture programs.

Economics

We need to move to a new model of understanding global economies beyond the idea of developed and developing countries.

It turns out that giving workers a greater say in workplace decision-making leads to increased productivity.

Also, Washington, the state with the highest minimum wage in the U.S., also has higher job growth than the national average, which pretty clearly disproves the main argument against raising the minimum wage.

Feminism

Jezebel provides a much-needed guide to writing about female politicians “without being a sexist shithead.”

Also, yesterday was International Women’s Day. In celebration, my girlfriend sent me this list of books about female empowerment. I have added many to my Amazon wishlist of books that I will ultimately buy from an independent bookstore instead of Amazon.

Speaking of my girlfriend, she wrote a cool post about using music as a form of protest.

I loved this article and photo series about female poets in Afghanistan.

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