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Film Review: The Brilliance of 'Birth of a Nation"

Eric Kohn
After premiering to prolonged standing ovations and plenty of critical acclaim, the slave revolt drama, Birth of a Nation, set off the fiercest bidding war Sundance has ever seen. Fox Searchlight has come out on top, landing the drama in a record-breaking $17.5 million deal, the biggest purchase in Sundance history.

Global Sweatshops, Solidarity and the Bangladesh Breakthrough

Eric Dirnbach
Public Seminar
After decades of campaigns, the global movement against sweatshops had a few modest (but important) victories. However, a recent breakthrough in Bangladesh in encouraging, and may show the way for making more dramatic changes in the garment industry.

Guacamole and the Super Bowl

Twilight Greenaway
Smithsonian Magazine
Guacamole and the Super Bowl: this off-season penchant for guacamole is an industry creation.

End All U.S. Support for the Government of Saudi Arabia Sign-On Statement by the Campaign for Peace and Democracy January 15, 2016

Campaign for Peace and Democracy
Campaign for Peace and Democracy
If you wish to add your name to the statement, see the emerging list of signers and their affiliations, and/or make a tax-deductible donation to publicize the statement, please go to the Campaign for Peace and Democracy website. Individuals having difficulty signing on should contact CPD directly at; organizations that wish to endorse the statement should also contact CPD by email.

Why the B-52 Failed: Dispatch from Hanoi

David Bacon
David Bacon: Reality Check
On the plane to Hanoi last December, I opened my copy of the NYT to find an article by Dave Philipps: "After 60 Years, B-52's Still Dominate the U.S. Fleet." The piece stuck with me as I traveled through north Vietnam, trying to unravel U.S. amnesia towards the people of this country and what they call "the American war." Philipps ends with a quote from a former South Vietnamese Navy officer, Phuoc Luong.

Canoas: A Government of, for and by the People

Ruth Needleman
Here in the states, we know what it means to see our democratic rights attacked. But do we have a vision of what an expansion of democracy and popular participation in government might look like?

Time’s (Almost) Reversible Arrow

Frank Wilczek
Quanta Magazine
The laws of physics work both forward and backward in time. So why does time seem to move in only one direction? One potential answer may also reveal the secrets of the universe’s missing mass.

The Silvertown Strike - A Partisan History

John Tully
Monthly Review
The bourgeoisie does not rule by force alone; it does so by inculcating its ideas and values—its ideology—into the population at large. It follows, then, as the GMB’s John Callow argues in his preface to Silvertown, that “history, like politics…is a fiercely contested ideological space.” Historians who claim to be impartial and “value-free” are not to be trusted—or they are simple.

Chicago Police Hid Mics, Destroyed Dashcams To Block Audio, Records Show

Mark Konkol and Paul Biasco
DNAinfo Chicago
Chicago Police Department officers stashed microphones in their squad car glove boxes. They pulled out batteries. Microphone antennas got busted or went missing. And sometimes, dashcam systems didn’t have any microphones at all, DNAinfo Chicago has learned. Police officials last month blamed the absence of audio in 80 percent of dashcam videos on officer error and “intentional destruction.”

Homeland Withdrawal? This Series From Norway Is Your New Favorite Geopolitical Thriller

In a not-so-distant future, Norway has elected a radical branch of the Green Party, and its charismatic new prime minister shuts down the country’s supply of oil and gas to continental Europe. Despite an impending climate crisis, the EU is none too pleased with this overnight weaning from petrol, and invites Russia to offer Norway “technical assistance” in restoring its fossil fuel production. Russian gunships descend on Norway’s oil platforms.

Major Nevada Union, Sanders Campaign Resolve Dispute

Dan Merica
Nevada's powerful Culinary Union and the Bernie Sanders campaign say they've resolved their issues after a kerfuffle earlier Thursday had the group at odds with the Vermont senator's presidential operation in a key early voting state.