In northern Minnesota this week, tensions are coming to a head over the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline — the latest pipeline project, like the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines before it, to unite indigenous people’s movements with environmentalists in opposition to more carbon-intensive infrastructure.

This week in OtherWords, Sonali Kolhatkar explains why the pipeline is controversial and interviews Nancy Beaulieu, one of the indigenous organizers who’s calling on all Americans to oppose the project.

Also this week, Medea Benjamin calls on President Biden to loosen the Cuban embargo that his predecessor dramatically tightened before it leads to a massive displacement crisis. Robert P. Alvarez looks at Arizona’s troubling bid to revive gas chamber executions and argues that we need to end the death penalty altogether. And Jim Hightower says there’s a wage shortage, not a labor shortage.

New This Week…

We Don’t Need Another Oil Pipeline | Sonali Kolhatkar
The fight over a northern Minnesota pipeline project could have global repercussions.

Make Normalization With Cuba a Priority | Medea Benjamin
If Biden doesn’t lift Trump’s harsh restrictions on the island, it may well cause the next migration crisis.

Killing to Show That Killing Is Wrong | Robert P. Alvarez
As Arizona’s push to revive Nazi-era gas executions shows, the death penalty is barbaric.

There’s No ‘Labor Shortage.’ There’s a Wage Shortage. | Jim Hightower
To find workers, there’s a free-enterprise solution right at employers’ fingertips: raise pay, improve conditions, and show respect.

The United States of Amnesia | Khalil Bendib
Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.

In Case You Missed It…

A Plan to End Poverty in the United States | Sarah Anderson
A new congressional resolution asserts it’s not only possible to end poverty, but morally necessary.

Biden’s Unconscionable Military Budget | Lindsay Koshgarian
With the Afghanistan War finally ending, we shouldn’t squander our “peace dividend” on costly weapons or military bloat.

Many Asian Americans Are Struggling Invisibly | Amy Yee
The pandemic struggles of many Asian Americans have been grossly overlooked.

If You Love Our Country, Don’t Ban Its History | Jill Richardson
Opponents of critical race theory don’t want us to ask what we can learn from the past. But that’s the whole point of studying history.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

OtherWords commentaries are free to re-publish in print and online — all it takes is a simple attribution to OtherWords.org. To get a roundup of our work each Wednesday, sign up for our free weekly newsletter here.

Peter Certo

Peter Certo is the editorial manager of the Institute for Policy Studies and editor of OtherWords.org.