Weekend Reading List

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

For this weekend’s reading list, we have an AP investigation of the lack of accountability at the CIA, a story of three young Egyptian protesters, a profile of the mayor of an old Pennsylvania steel town that is trying to struggle back to life, an analysis of how the portrayal of climate change issues in the Simpsons reflects the awareness and apathy of climate change in our society, and a recommendation for a good book on grassroots organizing.

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At CIA, Grave Mistakes, Then Promotions – An Associated Press investigation of the lack of accountability in the CIA since Sept. 11, 2001.  Details how CIA agents who captured the wrong person, tortured prisoners, or even were involved in actions that led to the deaths of prisoners have not been disciplined and, in a number of cases, received promotions.

Three Young Egyptians Who Helped Make A Revolution – A McClatchy Newspapers article about the motivations of three of the hundreds of thousands of young Egyptians whose peaceful protests led to the toppling of Mubarak.

Mayor of Rust – A profile in the New York Times Sunday Magazine by Sue Halpern of John Fetterman, the Mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania, a struggling former steel town that has lost 90% of its population but is starting to show a few signs of life.

The Simpsons Take on Climate Change -An essay by Sara Peach at the Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media about how the treatment of climate change issues on “The Simpsons” television show closely reflects the awareness and apathy about climate change in American society.

The Progressive’s Guide to Raising HellA book by Jamie Court, the president of a consumer advocacy organization called Consumer Watchdog, about how to go toe-to-toe with powerful politicians and corporations–and win.  Those readers wanting to join our fight to win America’s future should check out this book, which does a good job of laying out Advocacy 101 and provides a how-to on taking a stand and making a difference.

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