For posts before June 2012, please follow these links to our archives.

E.g., 2014-10-24

Organized Labor Takes on Race and Michael Brown

October 16, 2014
Rebuilding labor means more than ticking off new non-white members, however, it also means transformation—and when it comes to workers of color that means integrating individual on-the-job concerns with “off-the-clock” community concerns like climate change, racial profiling, mass incarceration and, certainly, police violence. And therein lies the rub for organized labor as it looks toward the future.

In N.C., Populist Mobilization Buoys Democrat Kay Hagan

October 15, 2014
The Washington Post
Hagan presents herself as above the fray, but she is propelled by a populist mobilization that will help get out the vote, despite the voting changes and despite the off-year malaise afflicting voters generally and Democratic voters particularly.

CIA Finally Admits that Arming Rebels Does Not Work

October 15, 2014
In the context of the Cold War, there’s an argument to be made that this strategy worked—the Soviet Union collapsed, after all—but in the actual conflicts, the outcomes were ambiguous and the wars longer and bloodier than they might have been otherwise. (Angola’s civil war lasted 27 years.)

This Is Terrorism: Misogynist Shooting Threat Forces Anita Sarkeesian to Cancel Speech

October 15, 2014
This is terrorism. It is the use or implication of violence to achieve a political end. And as in so many other instances of terrorism (harassment of abortion providers, for instance), aimed at women, the government is not protecting its citizens.

The Making of Ferguson

October 15, 2014
The American Prospect
Long before the shooting of Michael Brown, official racial-isolation policies primed Ferguson for this summer’s events.

When the Guy Making Your Sandwich Has a Noncompete Clause

October 15, 2014
New York Times
American businesses are paying out a historically low proportion of their income in the form of wages and salaries. But the Jimmy John’s employment agreement is one small piece of evidence that workers, especially those without advanced skills, are also facing various practices and procedures that leave them worse off, even apart from what their official hourly pay might be.

Moroccan Unions Call National Strike To Protest Economic Reforms

October 15, 2014
Moroccan unions call for a 24 hour national strike on October 29 to protest cuts in pensions and subsidies for gasoline and fuel oil. These cuts have been demanded by the International Monetary Fund.

Investing in Junk Armies: Why US Efforts to Create Foreign Armies Fail

October 14, 2014
To put it bluntly, when confronting IS and its band of lightly armed irregulars, a reputedly professional military, American-trained and -armed, discarded its weapons and equipment, cast its uniforms aside, and melted back into the populace. What this behavior couldn’t have made clearer was that U.S. efforts to create a new Iraqi army, much-touted and funded to the tune of $25 billion over the 10 years of the American occupation had failed miserably.

Who Benefits from Billions Pledged for Gaza Reconstruction?

October 14, 2014;
The Electronic Intifada, Common Dreams
The international aid agency Oxfam warned last week that money pledged at the global donor conference “will languish in bank accounts for decades before it reaches people, unless long-standing Israeli restrictions on imports are lifted,” adding that “under current restrictions and rate of imports it could take more than 50 years to build the 89,000 new homes, 226 new schools, as well as the health facilities, factories and water and sanitation infrastructure people need.

Karen Lewis Has Brain Tumor, Not Running for Mayor

October 14, 2014
Chicago-Sun Times
Lewis has wanted Mayor Rahm Emanuel gone practically since he took office, but she will not be the one to unseat him in February, the head of her mayoral exploratory committee said Monday.

Globalization and NAFTA Caused Migration from Mexico

October 14, 2014
Political Research Associates
U.S. trade and immigration policy are linked. They are part of a single system, not separate and independent policies. Since NAFTA’s passage in 1993, the U.S. Congress has debated and passed several new trade agreements—with Peru, Jordan, Chile, and the Central American Free Trade Agreement. At the same time, Congress has debated immigration policy as though those trade agreements bore no relationship to the waves of displaced people migrating to the U.S.,...

People’s Veto of a Union-Busting Law Holds Lessons

October 14, 2014
Labor Notes
The people’s veto of SB 5 was a triumph of organization, and of labor’s ability to tell its story to ordinary people. I draw out its lessons for organizers in my book, Collective Bargaining and the Battle of Ohio: The Defeat of Senate Bill 5 and the Struggle to Defend the Middle Class. Worse than simply “right to work,” the 500-page SB 5 was designed to destroy public unions’ ability to operate—or even, in some cases, to exist.

National Nurses Union rallies in Oakland after Dallas nurse diagnosed with Ebola

October 13, 2014
Contra Costa Times
While healthcare workers in Liberia threatened to strike over the dangers of treating ebola patients, nurses in California rallied to demand better training and safety measures to protect nurses handling ebola in the United States.

A Historic Vote on Palestine in the British Parliament

October 13, 2014
Huffington Post
Gone is the rose-tinted vision of Israel as an island of democracy in a sea of irrational and violent Arabs. Gone is the belief that Israel wants to negotiate, if only it could find a partner to talk to. Gone, too, is the notion that there is symmetry in this conflict, that this is a battle between equal forces.