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Friday Nite Videos | May 25, 2018

Trump Cancels NK Summit, Pushes Crazy Spy Claim. Teach Your Children | Playing For Change. The Break With Michelle Wolf. The Truth About the Money Bail Industry | John Legend. How Researchers Are Teaching AI to Learn Like a Child.

What's Wrong With University Secret Donor Agreements

Once courts resolve whether university-linked foundations are subject to disclosure requirements, the public might finally see whether their state schools are offering academic influence to all big donors – not just the Koch brothers.

What Was So Remarkable About That Royal Wedding Sermon

Michael Curry delivered a homily both impassioned and erudite. Based on the faces of the assembled British royals, aristocrats, and celebrities, it was also clearly something that hadn’t quite been heard at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle before.

The NFL’s “Take a Knee” Ban Is Flatly Illegal

There is a serious free speech problem with the owners’ rule. They believe that if they do not ban the protests, the president will continue to make the protests a national issue and damage the league’s income.

The Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America

The Orwellian use of language is central. “Liberty,” “individual rights” and a “free society” are code terms for discriminatory and anti-democratic legislation.

NFL Owners Seek to Outlaw Protest

Billionaire NFL owners seek to outlaw protest and civil liberties. The move comes after players across the league have locked arms, raised fists, and knelt during the national anthem to protest racial injustice.

Iran Sanctions Are an Obvious Prelude to War

Maybe Trump really thinks sanctions will produce a "better" Iran deal. More likely, they're designed to justify conflict - an unwinnable conflict that will destabilize the Middle East and the world’s economy, and pour more of this country’s resources into yet another quagmire.

Why Are Democrats Afraid of Impeachment?

Party leaders need to make clear that impeachment is always valid when there is evidence of presidential wrongdoing, cover-ups, and corruption of justice. Openly discussing the impeachment power, and clearly stating when and how it must be applied, puts the president on notice.

Nine Stops on a Long Road: One Jew’s Journey

I am the Jewish teenager who wore the Star of David to make sure everyone knew she was a Jew. I am my mother, who taught her children that no one is free unless everyone is free... For all those Jews, for Israeli Jews, for Palestinians, and for the world, I am the anti-Zionist Jew.

Tidbits - May 24, 2018 - Reader Comments, Resources

Reader Comments: Thoughts and Prayers Don't Work; Kelly Clarkson Speaks Out; Junot Diaz, Working Families Party; PA Machine Candidates Defeated; Mideast War Danger; Korean War History; Palestine; Mapping The Resistance: Insurgence and Polarization; Memorial Day, more...
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Lake Michigan, Scene 6

Daniel Borzutzky Lake Michigan
Chicago poet Daniel Borzutzky blends the surreal with all-too reality in depicting environmental pollution and political corruption.


Tariq Ali on 1968 and Today

(Interview with David Edgar) London Review of Books
Tariq Ali, a key figure in the British New Left of the 1960s and a well-regarded Marxist writer and activist, offers an extended take on the politics and culture of the1968 anticapitalist movements and their echoes in today’s resistance worldwide.


Two Coming-of-Age Films: New York in the ’70s, Paris Today

Eric A. Gordon Hollywood Progressive
Two films depicting a young person’s coming of age are showing on screens now: Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and Le Brio about a young Arab woman in Paris who achieves her dream of becoming a lawyer by overcoming the toxic racism of her law school professor.


Is Television Ready for Angry Women?

Sophie Gilbert The Atlantic
Producer Marti Noxon has two shows about women’s pain and rage debuting this summer—and the timing couldn’t be better.



By Joyce Peseroff AGNI
An egg is an egg is an egg but in Joyce Peseroff’s subtle poem, an egg is a marker of a person’s social conscience.


Cursing Cortes

Álvaro Enrigue The New York Review of Books
The simple story of Cortés's evisceration of the the Aztecs is not so simple. In letters to Spain's King Carlos I, justifying morally Mexico’s occupation, Cortés distorted what was in fact a messy and confusing war involving several armies from already competing European nations. His lies linger.



Amazon Bows to the Unions: New Shifts and Higher Wages

Antonio Sciotto Il Manifesto Global
After several short strikes and on-going organizing, workers at Amazon in Italy signed a contract that improves conditions and pay. This is the first time in Europe that Amazon has been forced by worker pressure to sign a union contract.


At Outside In, An Overwhelming Vote to Unionize

Don McIntosh
The Outside In unit will consist of about 125 workers in about 50 separate classifications. Alongside the vote to unionize, Outside In employees who hold advanced degrees also voted 21 to 7 to be in the same AFSCME bargaining unit.


'Roll Up Your Sleeves': At a Dark Time for U.S. Unions, This Woman Sees Hope

Mike Elk The Guardian
“If you look at the strongest unions today, they are our public sector education unions and these are unions that by and large are made up of women with women leaders,” says Lily Eskelsen García, the National Education Association president. “We aren’t not sitting by and accepting the status quo.”


What’s Behind the Teachers’ Strikes

Ellen David Friedman Dollars and Sense
To understand the insurgency, we need to look at economics, and at political economy specifically. But we especially need a labor-movement analysis.


Craft Beer’s Moral High Ground Doesn't Apply to Its Workers

Dave Infante Splinter
For his work as a production manager at Falling Sky overseeing a team of brewers and working up to 65 hours a week, Timms made what came out to a little over $40,000 a year. Frustrated, he quit his brewing job in early 2018, convinced that craft brewers were getting shorted across the industry.

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The Break with Michelle Wolf

She's one woman tough enough for the boys club. The Break with Michelle Wolf is a weekly half-hour series with jokes, sketches (like this one!), celebrity guests, and more. Streaming every Sunday beginning May 27.


The Biggest Myths About Socialism

Why are Americans so afraid of socialism? Because its powerful detractors have been lying to the American people about it for decades.


Black Eyed Peas - Street Livin'

Prison Industrial Complex. Immigration. Gun Violence. Police Brutality. These issues are critical for our families, friends, communities, and world. Stay Woke, Take Action Now.