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US is World’s Biggest Perpetrator of Financial Secrecy

"That isn't a prize the U.S. wants to claim for itself," said one critic. "The combination of secrecy and size of our financial system puts the U.S. ahead of other notorious secrecy havens like the Cayman Islands and Switzerland. That's a shameful distinction."

Ukraine, An Antiwar Dilemma

I find it strange that today — and this takes nothing away from the misery of the Ukrainian people or the ruthlessness of Vladimir Putin’s invasion — that the public seems vastly more engaged in a war its country is not officially fighting than in the ones we did fight over the past two decades.

The Deep Roots of the Racial Wealth Gap

The growing divide between White wealth and Black wealth is a product of economic systems designed to extract wealth from Black, Indigenous, and other people of color and redirect it to the wealthy, almost uniformly White elite.

Fox News Goes Quiet on ‘Great Replacement’ Theory

Suspect was allegedly motivated by the theory, but network has barely mentioned gunman’s reasoning, even after Tucker Carlson pushed the concept in more than 400 of his shows

Media Bits and Bytes – May 17, 2022

Millions for misinformation, and the death toll for journalists

American Racism and the Buffalo Shooting

The gunman seems motivated by a vision of history, pushed by the right, in which American racism never existed and Black people are undeserving takers.

While Afghanistan Starves, the Taliban Target Women

There is an unprecedented economic and humanitarian crisis as the Taliban, divided and without a strategy, rely on edicts against women and repression. Afghans want change: ‘They are doing terrible things ... Do we leave things as they are?’

Left-Wing Populism Can Win in Trump-Voting Areas, Too

Progressives write off Republican-leaning counties across America to their own detriment. With working-class candidates, populist messaging, and effective organization, we can make major inroads in “Trump country” that will pay dividends for years to come.

Anger on Buffalo’s East Side After Racist Shooting

Residents said it was tough to separate the burst of extreme violence from prior decades of pain. One sign placed next to a memorial of white candles and flower bouquets seemed to encapsulate the emotion: “There are no words for this heartache.”

Emphysema Missed Among Black Men in US

Poorly supported assumptions about typical levels of lung function among Black men in the US are leading medics to miss cases of emphysema
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The Image Machine of Alfredo C. - Serving Two Masters: Mussolini’s Moviemaker and His Red Reels of Albanian Agitprop

Ed Rampell Hollywood Progressive
For almost two decades before 1939, Alfredo Cecchetti worked as a cameraman documenting the rise of the Fascist Party in Italy and its leader Il Duce, Benito Mussolini. Alfredo C. helped to immortalize the great machine of the Italian Fascist Regime – both in Italy covering countless public appearances of Mussolini and after 1939, the Italian invasion of Albania, as he followed the Italian troops and then filmed the new Italian settlers. Embedded in the archive are many films that were part of the Italian Fascist propaganda machine.

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Let’s Call It Assimilation Food

Soleil Ho Taste Cooking
When immigrants adapt to their new surroundings, the most immediate way this happens is through the food they make: They look around at what’s available and try to make it into something they can recognize.

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Ideas To Postpone the End of the World

Aileen Cassinetto, et al Speak Poetry
California poet Aileen Cassinetto, Laureate of San Mateo, brings ecopoetry to youth activists fighting to save the living planet Earth.

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Olga Dies Dreaming

Chris Brooks Facebook post
It’s a surreal experience to read a work of fiction that literally takes everything happening in my neighborhood and turns it into a sweeping epic about Zapatista-inspired guerrilla movements fighting for Puerto Rican liberation

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Radical Justice

Dana Dunham The Chicago Review of Books
This 2022 Pulitzer Prize winner in history is a tale of crime, racism, power, and the conflict between punitive and restorative justice in settler-colonial North America.

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Northman Is an Honorable Failure

Eileen Jones Jacobin
The Northman is about a glowering, muscle-bound man-mountain named Prince Amleth (Alexander Skarsgård, son of Stellan) who as a boy witnesses the killing of his father, King Aurvandill (Ethan Hawke), and the abduction of his mother, Queen Gudrún (Nicole Kidman), by the king’s betraying half-bastard brother Fjölnir (Claes Bang). Amleth vows revenge.

Labor

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Power, Wages, and Inequality

Arthur Macewan Dollars and Sense
The American labor market is characterized by high levels of employer power.

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We Failed To Protect Abortion Rights. We Need a Labor-Based Strategy.

Lillian Cicerchia Jacobin
Despite majority support for abortion rights, we failed to build a majority coalition to defend reproductive freedom. We should honestly assess our failures — and then build a movement that ties together labor, feminists, and health care organizing.

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Revolutionary Grounds

Jana Silverman The Forge
The main thing that I would say to comrades is: don't just do the propaganda. Don't just be in the campus group. Go and meet workers in your local high street and unionize them. That is the best thing a socialist could do: help to organize the working class where we find them today and fight the issues that they're facing today.

Friday nite video

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Hakeem Jeffries Dismantles Clarence Thomas

Congressman Hakeem Jeffries takes Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to task after Thomas’s criticism of pro-choice activists outside his home came up in a committee hearing.

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Waterman | Documentary w/ Jason Mamoa

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This documentary about five-time Olympic medalist and native Hawaiian Duke Paoa Kahanamoku explores his journey and legacy as a legendary swimmer, trailblazer, and father of modern-day surfing.

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Abortion Ruling | John Oliver

John Oliver discusses the leaked draft opinion that looks set to overturn Roe v. Wade, how we got to this point, and where we may be headed.

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Alyssa Milano | Roe v. Wade and Abortion Rights

'[Roe v. Wade] is the only thing standing between us and a world where women are criminalized for bodily autonomy.' Alyssa Milano breaks down the history of abortion rights in the U.S. and what's at stake