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Inside DuPont and Monsanto's Migrant Labor Camps

Robert Holly / Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
In These Times
An in-depth investigation reveals that multibillion-dollar Big Ag corporations—including DuPont Pioneer and Monsanto—as well as small-scale farmers routinely use labor recruiters who crowd migrant workers in housing riddled with health and safety violations, such as bed bug infestations and a lack of running water. When state inspectors visit migrant labor camps, they find violations as much as 60 percent of the time.

Doctors Have Toxic Reaction to Valeant Pricing for a Lead Poisoning Drug

Ed Silverman
“This is a drug that has long been a standard of care, and until recently it was widely accessible at an affordable price,” said Dr. Michael Kosnett, “There’s no justification for the astronomical price increases by Valeant, which limit availability to children with life-threatening lead poisoning.”

The Arctic Voyage of the Crystal Serenity

J. F. Conway
Socialist Project
Celebrating the Beginning of the "End Times"? "Global warming presents a clear and present danger to civilization." -- Lonnie G. Thompson, expert on glacial melt, 2010.

Chicago Teachers Avert a Strike by Forcing the Mayor to Dig Deep

Samantha Winslow
Labor Notes
After striking for a day April 1 and coming to the brink of a long strike this fall, Chicago teachers are mulling a tentative agreement that won something unprecedented. They pressured the mayor into pulling money out of Chicago's treasure chest of diverted property taxes, the Tax Increment Finance program.

To Stop Bloodshed in Yemen, Obama Must End Saudi Support

Mohamad Bazzi
On Oct. 13, the U.S. carried out its first direct military action against Houthi targets in Yemen, in alleged retaliation for two failed missile attacks on a U.S. ship. The Obama Administration thus underscored its position as a co-belligerent in the Saudi-led war, even as calls mount for an international investigation into Saudi war crimes following the Oct. 8th bombing of a funeral that killed 140 people and wounded hundreds of others, the deadliest attack of the war.

Friday Nite Videos -- October 14, 2016

Michelle Obama Calls Out Donald Trump. A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall (Live at Town Hall 1963). The Trump Electoral Drag. The Universe: Now With 10 Times More Galaxies. as Donald Trump.

Inequality Is Still the Defining Issue of Our Time

Robert L. Borosage
The Nation
Don’t take down the barricades. Inequality remains extreme and continues to widen. And the populist uprisings that have roiled American politics have clear opportunities to tackle the core problem after the election.

Can Great Apes Read Your Mind?

Christopher Krupenye
The Conversation
In past research, apes consistently failed on tasks designed to assess their understanding of others’ false beliefs. They did’t seem to know when someone has an idea about the world that conflicts with reality. But in a new study involving 40 bonobos, chimpanzees and orangutans the apes were able to anticipate that an actor would behave in accordance with a false belief.

I am Khanga

Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo
ZAM Africa Magazine
On May 8, 2006, the South African Judge Willem van der Merwe ruled that ANC leader Jacob Zuma was not guilty of the rape of Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo. Zuma did not deny having sex with her, but claimed since the victim wore a khanga, a wraparound cloth, she had “asked for it.” Here is her poetic response.

A New Cold War? - Gorbachev Calls for Peace: Is there a way forward?

Ellen Powell
The Christian Science Monitor
Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet leader, called for peace and a de-escalation in tensions between the US and Russia. What is the future for dialogue between the two countries under current circumstances? Gorbachev spoke in Reykjavik on Monday, calling for increased dialogue between the US and Russia

Its' Not Just Racism, but also Militarization at the Heart of Police Brutality

Jeremy Kuzmarov
Huffington Post
The militarization of American police forces goes back a long way. During the Cold War, American police advisers tasked with training their proteges in clandestine surveillance and to assist in counterinsurgency operations in countries like Vietnam came back to advance methods domestically that devalued civil liberties, contributing to the trend towards militarization.