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Tidbits - January 22, 2015 - Iran War Demand; Martin Luther King; Social Security & Disability cuts, more...

January 22, 2015
Portside
Reader Comments- Jobs and Higher Wages; Boehner, Netanyahu, Israel, Iran; Martin Luter King - radical anti-capitalist; Charlie Hebdo - racism, nationalism, free speech; Broken Criminal Justice system; Social Security, Disability; Erosion of Collective Bargaining = Income Inequality; Podemos; Solidarity Forever; Selma; Guantanamo protest; Roe v. Wade Anniversary; Announcements- Forums- Ending the Embargo of Cuba; After The Greek Elections; March Delegation to Venezuela

Behind Obama's Back: How Netanyahu's U.S. trip Was Cooked Up

January 21, 2015
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.638396?utm_source=Facebook&utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social
Haaretz
Speaker Boehner's invitation was preceded by weeks of contacts between Republican leadership and Israeli ambassador Ron Dermer, who is pushing lawmakers for new Iran sanctions.

Understanding the Greek Communists

January 21, 2015
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/01/understanding-the-greek-communists/
Jacobin
Syriza is not the only left-wing party in Greece, and by some measures it’s not even the largest. In organizational terms, the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) is bigger. Ignoring it, as most of the Left is content to do, means ignoring a force with important roots in the trade union movement and the longest history of all surviving Greek parties.

The Forgotten History of How Automakers Invented the Crime of "Jaywalking"

January 21, 2015
http://www.vox.com/2015/1/15/7551873/jaywalking-history
Vox
It's strange to imagine now, but prior to the 1920s, city streets looked dramatically different than they do today. They were considered to be a public space: a place for pedestrians, pushcart vendors, horse-drawn vehicles, streetcars, and children at play. As cars began to spread widely during the 1920s, the consequence of this was predictable: death.

Faced With Land Seizures, Defiant Nebraskans Vow to Halt Keystone XL

January 20, 2015
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/20/faced-land-seizures-defiant-nebraskans-vow-halt-keystone-xl
Common Dreams
Landowners from Nebraska's York and Holt counties last week filed suit against TransCanada to stall or even stop construction of the Keystone XL pipeline through their state. On Tuesday, they continued to call on President Barack Obama to veto the project altogether.

MLK’s Radical Vision Got Distorted: Here’s His Real Legacy on Militarism & Inequality

January 20, 2015
www.salon.com/2015/01/19/mlks_radical_vision_got_distorted_heres_his_real_legacy_on_militarism_inequality/?
Salon
In the address, Dr. King implored the necessity for the nation to undergo a “radical revolution of values,” explaining, “We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives, and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.”

How Propaganda Conquers Democracy

January 20, 2015
https://consortiumnews.com/2015/01/19/how-propaganda-conquers-democracy/;http://www.nationofchange.org/2015/01/20/9502/
Consortium News; Nation of Change
America’s “managed democracy” has devolved into “inverted totalitarianism,” concentrating power and wealth in the hands of a small ruling class more efficiently and sustainably. Is this a basic test of democracy for the citizens of any country?

Recovery Delayed Is Recovery Denied: Austerity and Democracy in the EU

January 20, 2015
http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/28557-recovery-delayed-is-recovery-denied-austerity-and-democracy-in-the-eu
Truthout
Significant recovery has not arrived in the eurozone, and when it does, it will have been so long delayed that it will, in effect, be recovery denied, with a legacy of economic and political darkness across the European Union.

Can the U.S. Ever Fix Its Messed-Up Maternity Leave System?

January 20, 2015
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2015-01-15/maternity-leave-u-dot-s-dot-policies-still-fail-workers
BloombergBusinessWeek
According to the United Nations’ International Labour Organization, there are only two countries in the world that don’t have some form of legally protected, partially paid time off for working women who’ve just had a baby: Papua New Guinea and the U.S. The U.S. is also way behind the 78 countries that also offer leave to fathers.

Can the U.S. Ever Fix Its Messed-Up Maternity Leave System?

January 20, 2015
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2015-01-15/maternity-leave-u-dot-s-dot-policies-still-fail-workers
BloomberBusinessWeek
According to the United Nations’ International Labour Organization, there are only two countries in the world that don’t have some form of legally protected, partially paid time off for working women who’ve just had a baby: Papua New Guinea and the U.S. The U.S. is also way behind the 78 countries that also offer leave to fathers.

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