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Europe’s Decelerating Drift

How serious is the continuing appeal of the far right?

Air in Cancer Alley’ More Toxic Than Previously Thought

Ethylene oxide, a carcinogenic gas, is nine times more prevalent than the EPA estimated, a study shows. And inside petrochemical plants, workers are likely subjected to much higher concentrations, an author said.

The Fallacy of the ‘Wrong Side of History’ Narrative

Waiting on history to deliver karmic justice for war crimes is a useless exercise, especially at a time when urgent action is needed.

A Democrat Is Removing Limits on Political Cash

An ascendant new bloc of three Republicans and one Democrat is voting together to roll back limits on how politicians, political parties and super PACs raise and spend money.

Media Bits and Bytes – June 11, 2024

A crisis moment for media

Big Food, Big Profits, Big Lies

While blaming inflation for rising prices, the country’s biggest food and restaurant companies are raking in billions and showering shareholders with payouts.

This Week in People’s History, June 11–17

Colorado National Guard troops on duty in Cripple Creek, Colorado
A Very Unusual Strike (1894), A Bad Day for the African National Congress (1964), Nazi Germany’s Secret Weapons (1944), Sticking it to Robert E. Lee (1864)

How Israel Became a Model for the Global Right

Israel maintains a system of unequal citizenship system for Jewish and Palestinian Israelis. This version of democracy has long prevailed in Israel, and the Jewish state’s supporters now offer it as a blueprint for the right around the world.

Far-Right Surge in European Parliament Elections

Far right gains means European policies will likely shift in direction of security, austerity, and migration restrictions, despite hundreds of thousands of people across the region taking regularly to the streets in support peace and social justice.

Time for the Fed To Meet the FTC

The real source of too many price hikes is concentrated market power, not macroeconomic overheating.
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Sonic Seasoning

Andrew Coletti Atlas Obscura
A developing field called “sonic seasoning” suggests a possible link between our experience of sound and taste. In a Oxford University study, subjects consistently connected the “5 basic tastes” with various musical instruments, pitches and melodies.


Welcome to the Era of Garbage Film and Television Streaming

David Moscrop Jacobin
Private equity and monopoly capitalists will destroy anything to make a buck, and they’ve turned their sights on TV and film. If you hated cable’s high prices, endless ads, and copycat programming, you’re going to loathe the future of streaming.



Waffle House Is Raising Servers’ Pay Across the Country

Dave Jamieson HuffPost
After nearly a year of organizing for raises, an end to mandatory meal deductions & safer working conditions, thousands of Waffle House workers at over 1,500 stores across the South have won an increase in base pay of more than $3/hour plus more.


From the Community | Freedom of Speech Is a Labor Issue

Jason Beckman, Sophie Jean Walton and Chloé Brault The Stanford Daily
The right to protest and just cause for discipline are fundamental principles that unions seek to protect. Recent arrests and suspensions of graduate workers at institutions across the United States highlight the importance of this right.

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Following Harry the Film

Following Harry” is an intimate documentary film that follows 96-year-old civil rights icon Harry Belafonte as he continues his mission of social justice