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E.g., 2014-11-01

Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff Re-elected in Close Vote

October 28, 2014
http://peoplesworld.org/brazil-s-dilma-rousseff-re-elected-in-close-vote/
People's World
Rousseff won most of Brazil's 26 states including Minas Gerais, Neves' home state where she was the governor from 2003 to 2010. Neves did well in a band of states in the West and South of the country, where the population is wealthier and predominantly of European ancestry, while Rousseff did well in the East and North, where there is a higher proportion of people of African and mixed African and European ancestry.

Meet The Hedge Fund Wiz Kid Who’s Shrinking America’s Pensions

October 28, 2014
http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/10/28/3585128/arnold-pensions-retirement-manufactured-crisis/
ThinkProgress
Arnold’s spokespeople bristle at the suggestion that the billionaire is out to cut pensions, insisting that he only wants a realistic accounting of the under-funding problem. But the similarities between what Raimondo did in Rhode Island and what the Arnold Foundation advocates nationwide are striking.

The Syrian Labyrinth, Book Review

October 28, 2014
dispatchesfromtheedgeblog.wordpress.com
Dispatches From the Edge
Book Review: Inside Syria:” The Backstory of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect “ by Reese Erlich Forward by Noam Chomsky, Prometheus Press, New York 2014 The book covers Syrian history without bogging the reader down. This is, after all, a report on the on-going civil war. But Erlich does not glide over the important details, including how the U.S. camel first put its nose under the tent.

The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class

October 28, 2014
http://workingclassstudies.wordpress.com/
Working-Class Perspectives
Guy Standing argues that there is a new class in the global economy - the precariat. The precariat is growing, but fighting for democratic rights. Will the precariat be the vanguard of a new progressive era?

Indian Journalist Offers Harsh Critique of Globalization

October 27, 2014
http://www.progressive.org/news/2014/10/187893/indian-journalist-offers-harsh-critique-globalization
The Progressive
Free-market globalization is strengthening that which is barbaric and regressive and smashing what is beautiful,” Examples, are the death of traditional handicrafts, such as pottery, and the loss of languages. At the same time, horrible institutions such as caste-based village councils are being bolstered as a backlash against the rural displacement caused by globalization.

A Controversial Brand of Politics

October 27, 2014
http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-0c0a-A-controversial-Brand-of-politics
The People's Daily Morning Star
Russel Brand reminds us that all who grew up under Thatcher were taught that it is good to be selfish, that other people’s pain is not your problem, that pain is in fact a weakness and suffering is deserved and shameful.”

Evo Morales’ Victory Demonstrates How Much Bolivia Has Changed

October 27, 2014
http://www.telesurtv.net/english/opinion/Evo-Morales-Victory-Demonstrates-How-Much-Bolivia-Has-Changed-20141020-0074.html
Telesur
The MAS’ response to protests has been to follow an approach of seeking dialogue and consensus, retreating where necessary, but always attempting to continue to drive the process forward towards its goal. Morales constantly sums up this approach using the Zapatista slogan “to govern by obeying”.

Political Prisoners in the Sacrifice Zone of Empire

October 27, 2014
http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/10/27/political-prisoners-in-the-sacrifice-zone-of-empire/
CounterPunch
From the margins where injustice shapes the landscape of everyday life, individuals like Jeremy Hammond and Mumia Abu-Jamal expose the lies of the government and hypocrisy of the criminal justice system. From the darkness inside, they cast a light on what those in power don’t want us to see.

ISIS and the Cost of War

October 27, 2014
http://colorlines.com/archives/2014/10/isis_and_the_cost_of_wars.html
Colorlines
Before launching headlong into a third Iraq War it’s important to step back and review the costs of the past 13 years of combat. Not surprisingly, the sacrifice of war, monetary and otherwise are disproportionately borne by people of color and the young.

Danny Casolaro Died for You

October 26, 2014
As “now it can be told” theater, TimeLine’s Chicago premiere, the second coming of this angry work, works equally well as an exercise in conspiracy-theory paranoia, journalistic sleuthing at its most dangerous, and a cumulative plea for transparency in foreign policy, banking, and law enforcement (Edward Snowden anyone?).

FairPoint Workers Strike against Wall Street Wolves

October 26, 2014
http://www.labornotes.org/2014/10/fairpoint-workers-strike-against-wall-street-wolves
Labor Notes
Two thousand telecommunications workers walked off their jobs in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine on October 17 after FairPoint Communications imposed its final bargaining table proposal.

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