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Does the Verizon Strike Signal a Resurgence of Labor?

Arne L. Kalleberg
Newsweek
The actions by the Verizon workers show that it is possible to fight back against the power of employers to dictate the terms of the employment relationship. They remind us that the supremacy of big corporations, like technological changes and market forces, are not inevitable but reflect political and managerial choices. It appears workers are finally finding a way to counter the corporate strategies that have defined—and held back—the U.S. economy in recent decades.

Report from Honduras - Traveling in Honduras with Agricultural Missions, Inc.

Sarah S. Forth
¡Berta Cárceres Presente!
The government has not responded to repeated requests for an independent investigation of Berta's murder. Rather, they interrogated COPINH members repeatedly as suspects.. This outraged Marleny. "She was our mother, our sister! How could we turn against her!" Thousands turned out in Tegucigalpa on April 15 for a demonstration honoring Berta.

Updating the Party: Cuba’s New (and Not So New) Leaders

William M. LeoGrande
The World Post
Generational succession is high on the agenda of Cuba’s Communist Party leadership, still dominated at the highest level by “los historicos“ — the generation that fought together against the Batista dictatorship and founded the revolutionary regime.

Letter from Pakistan: Demanding Land Rights Is Not Terrorism

Farooq Tariq
Portside
A massive repression of the most militant but peaceful peasant movement--the Anjman Mozareen Punjab (AMP)--is underway. Most of its leadership has been arrested under false anti-terrorist laws. Dozens are missing while over 50 remain behind bars.

The Al-Qaeda Leader Who Wasn’t: The Shameful Ordeal of Abu Zubaydah

Rebecca Gordon
TomDispatch
In a stunning piece on an unforgettable set of American crimes, TomDispatch regular Rebecca Gordon catches the nightmarish quality of those years, now largely buried, in the grim case of a single mistreated human being. It should make Americans shudder. She has also just published a new book, American Nuremberg: The U.S. Officials Who Should Stand Trial for Post-9/11 War Crimes, that couldn’t be more relevant.

Are Sanders and Fair Trade a Threat to the Global Poor?

David L. Wilson
Monthly Review
The argument against Sanders is that the one "comparative advantage" poorer countries have is their supply of low-wage workers, so use of sweatshop labor to produce for export is the best way for these countries to expand their economies. And it works, global trade has been "the driving force behind historic declines in poverty," in Weissmann's words.

Toxic Teflon Chemical, C8, Found in Tap Water in Several States

Sharon Kelly
Earth Island Journal
"It is clear that [C8] contamination is not a state problem or a regional problem," the governors of New York, Vermont and New Hampshire wrote in a March letter addressed to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, "it's a national problem that requires federal guidelines and a consistent, science-based approach."

Entanglement Made Simple

Frank Wilczek
Quanta
Quantum entanglement is thought to be one of the trickiest concepts in science, but the core issues are simple. And once understood, entanglement opens up a richer understanding of concepts such as the “many worlds” of quantum theory.

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