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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.

National Nurses Union Rallies in Oakland after Dallas Nurse Diagnosed with Ebola

October 13, 2014
Contra Costa Times
Are hospitals prepared for dealing with Ebola? The National Nurses Union took a survey of nurses. So far, they say, the data received in the union's survey of more than 1,900 registered nurses at more than 750 hospitals in 46 states and the District of Columbia wasn't encouraging.

"Poster Child for Tenure" : Why Teacher Agustin Morales Really Lost His Job

October 13, 2014
Last February, Morales and some of his colleagues, as well as parents whose students attend Holyoke public schools, spoke at a school committee meeting (the equivalent of a school board) and protested a directive from higher-ups to post students’ test scores on the walls of their classrooms, complete with the students’ names. Morales thinks his standing up to the administration has cost him his job. And a preliminary finding from the Ma. Department of Labor backs him up.

Bolivia's Morales claims re-election victory

October 13, 2014
Morales, who became Bolivia's first indigenous leader in 2006, will now be able to extend his "indigenous socialism", under which he has nationalized key industries such as oil and gas to finance welfare programs and build new roads and schools.

Ill Winds Drove Columbus

October 13, 2014
Weeks after his 1492 landing in the Americas, Columbus thought he had found a large enough supply of gold and slaves to persuade the Christian "Sovereigns within three years [they] would undertake and prepare to go and conquer the Holy Places."Pope Urban II had launched the first Crusade four hundred years before. He hoped the current Pope would ask him to lead "50 thousand foot soldiers and five thousand horsemen" to march on Jerusalem.

That's Got Shall Get

October 12, 2014
The American Prospect
Two years after we last investigated the the foreclosure crisis in most affluent black county in America, things aren't exactly looking up—except, maybe, for the banks.

Snowden Speaks

October 12, 2014
The Nation / The Guardian
Katrina vanden Heuvel and Stephen F. Cohen of The Nation offer a peek at their recent interview with Edward Snowden. Spencer Ackerman of The Guardian reviews Citizenfour, Laura Poitras' new documentary on Snowden.

NewLink Genetics, of Ames Iowa, Implicated in African Ebola Genocide?

October 12, 2014
Greg Laden's Blog
According to those intimately involved in the response to the West African Ebola outbreak, NewLink Genetics owns the rights to a piece of the puzzle needed to quickly test and deploy one of two likely Ebola vaccines and they are holding up the entire process because they are not entirely sure they are going to get rich on it. Others suggest it is incompetence. NewLink seems to be claiming it is just a lot of paperwork.