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Signs of Science

CyberTracker, software developed in collaboration with Indigenous trackers, is enabling almost anyone to collect complex biodiversity data

U.S. Imperial Ambitions May Doom Palestine

The Biden administration’s efforts to normalize relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia may make it impossible for Palestinians to achieve a viable state.

A Legacy of Plunder

In its reexamination of entrenched narratives about the expropriation of Native land, Michael Witgen’s work is changing how Native people are situated in the arc of North American history.

Whistleblower: Microsoft Chose Profit Over Security

Former employee says software giant dismissed his warnings about a critical flaw because it feared losing government business. Russian hackers later used the weakness to breach the National Nuclear Security Administration, among others.

Chiquita Liable for Funding Human Rights Abuses

Landmark verdict against Chiquita marks first time major US company held liable for funding human rights abuses abroad

Weapons, Fossil Fuels, Illegal Settlements

UMass’ Investment Portfolio: As UMass backs out of a commitment to consider divestment, a Shoestring investigation reveals its endowment has millions indirectly invested in defense contractors and other entities targeted by student activists.

President in Mexico To Accelerate Energy Transition

Claudia Sheinbaum’s resounding victory in Mexico’s presidential election on June 2nd, 2024, has been welcomed by two of the country’s main energy unions, UNTyPP and SME.

Focus on Solidarity and Solutions at Sanders Institute

Too often when covering advocacy work, the corporate media focuses on "the controversy," O'Meara Sanders told Common Dreams. "What's the controversy as opposed to what's the plan?" The Gathering set out to offer an antidote to that dynamic.

Biden’s Border Restrictions Stranding Climate Migrants

Many people seeking asylum are fleeing climate disasters. Biden's latest border move puts them even more at risk.

Uncommitted Voters Sending a Clear Message to Biden

Uncommitted voters, tens of thousands of students protesting in encampments, millions more protesting in the streets and in the halls of Congressare sending a powerful message to Biden that his actions are not acceptable.
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Culture

poetry

Juneteenth

Peter Neil Carroll
Enslavers typically insisted that Africans lacked "civilization," culture, religion until scholars like P. Sterling Stuckey showed beyond doubt the rich complexity --and survival-- of African traditions among African Americans.

books

Israel’s Descent

Adam Shatz London Review of Books
Exterminationist violence is almost always preceded by other forms of persecution, which aim to render the victims as miserable as possible, including plunder, denial of the franchise, ghettoization, ethnic cleansing and racist dehumanization.

books

Inequality Without Class

Simon Torracinta Dissent
This book surveys how leading economists, over the last two and a half centuries, have accounted for wealth and income inequality.

food

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.

tv

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.

Labor

labor

Unions Must Seize the Moment To Organize the South

Ben Carroll Jacobin
After a victory in Tennessee and a loss in Alabama, the UAW is pressing onward in its fight to organize the notoriously anti-union South. The fate of Southern workers — and all workers — depends on the movement’s willingness to think big.

labor

Why Has Trump Stopped Attacking Big Business?

Matt Stoller The Big Newsletter
In 2016, Donald Trump went after CEOs so often that the Wall Street Journal set up a tracker of stocks whose leaders he insulted. No longer. What happened?

labor

Power Lines—Building a Labor-Climate Justice Movement

Steve Early Convergence Magazine
This anthology gathers “spark stories from the front lines of the climate crises that can help organizers figure out how to bring workers and communities together to build ‘the movement and power we need to win a just transition’ that will benefit u

labor

The Stakes of the 2024 Election

UE General Executive Board UE News
Given who will be on the ballot in November, we urge all working people to hold their nose and vote for Biden, in order to live to fight another day — the cost of re-electing Trump would be too high.

labor

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.

Friday nite video

video

Deep-Sea Mining | John Oliver

John Oliver discusses deep-sea mining, whether or not it’s worth doing, and which undersea creature he most wants to eat.

video

Hitler and the Nazis: Evil on Trial | Documentary

Told through the Nuremberg trials and eyewitness testimony of American journalist William L. Shirer, this six-part documentary series explores the shocking rise and fall of Hitler and his enablers