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This Is What Insurgency Looks Like

Jeremy Brecher
Labor Network for Sustainability
The call to Break Free from Fossil Fuels envisioned "tens of thousands of people around the world rising up" to take back control of their own destiny; "sitting down" to "block the business of government and industry that threaten our future"; conducting "peaceful defense of our right to clean energy." That's just what happened.

Special to Portside: Austrian Election Report

Stan Nadel
Portside
Half the voters in one of the richest and most successful countries in the world, one with one of the highest standards of living and one of the best social welfare systems-universal health insurance and a strong safety net - have turned against the parties that have brought them those benefits - and done so in favor of a far right wing party with Nazi party roots that has built its success on promoting fear of immigrants and possible future economic decline....

Unions Split as Bitter U.S. Campaign Exposes Divergent Agendas

Tim Jones and Mark Niquette
Bloomberg
The split amid an unexpectedly contentious Democratic primary season has exposed contrasting agendas in organized labor. Trade unionists are exercised by international deals, which they blame for the loss of hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs. Service workers less affected by globalization advocate collective-bargaining rights and wage protection.

Vindication for Edward Snowden From a New Player in NSA Whistleblowing Saga

Jenna McLaughlin and Dan Froomkin
The Intercept
U.S. officials, including President Barack Obama and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, have insisted that Snowden should and could have gone through channels – and would have been heard. Crane brings unprecedented evidence from inside the system that ostensibly protects whistleblowers that the system isn’t working. And defenders of the system can’t accuse him of having an outside agenda.

Film Review: 'Kaili Blues' A New Language for Chinese Film

J. Hoberman
New York Review of Books
Kaili Blues, an eccentric, remarkably assured first feature by the young Chinese director Bi Gan, is both the most elusive and the most memorable new movie that I’ve seen in quite some time—“elusive” and “memorable” being central to Bi’s ambitions. - J. Hoberman

It Pays to Be White

Jeanette Wicks-Lim
Dollars and Sense
Assessing how White people benefit from race-based economic inequality.

Cooking With Cannabis

Jonathan Thompson
The Guardian
In the two years since Colorado legalised cannabis, chefs in the state have been finding new ways to make a meal of it.

Could Trump Help Democrats Gain Ground in Southern State Politics?

Chris Kromm
Facing South
With Donald Trump now the presumptive Republican nominee for president in the race against Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, attention is now turning to the impact the White House contest will have on down-ticket races, including state offices in the South.

Contamination at Largest US Air Force Base in Asia: Kadena, Okinawa

Jon Mitchell
The Asia Pacific Journal
Located in the center of Okinawa Island, Kadena Air Base is the largest United States Air Force installation in Asia. Documents obtained under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act reveal how years of accidents and neglect have polluted local land and water with hazardous chemicals including arsenic, lead, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), asbestos and dioxin.

Profile, Practices and Needs of California’s Domestic Work Employers

Saba Waheed, Lucero Herrera, Reyna Orellana, Blake Valenta
UCLA Labor Center
Based on 501 randomly-dialed phone surveys throughout the state, this study provides demographic and household details, as well as an understanding of the employment practices and needs of domestic employers.

Fervently Singing Timely History of Chicago’s ‘Haymarket’ Affair

Hedy Weiss
Chicago Sun-Times
“Songbook” frames its story through the memory of Lucy Parsons, the daughter of a slave who later becomes the widow of “anarchist martyr” Albert Parsons, a white man who had served in the Confederate Army, but then found his calling as a charismatic labor leader. There are unquestionably distant echoes of terrorist activity in our own time in this show, along with enduring issues of income inequality, police brutality, and a compromised judiciary and media.

Could the Left Finally Win in Spain This June?

Bécquer Seguín and Sebastiaan Faber
The Nation
A new progressive alliance could break the stalemate—but whoever wins will face a hamstrung economy and deep discontent with politicians.

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