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Big Pharma’s Democrats

Three House Dems working to kill drug price legislation raked in roughly $1.6 million from pharma donors

We Need a Shorter Workweek to Free Us From the Tyranny

Being able to relax, spend time with loved ones, have freedom from a boss, and do whatever the hell we want are essential parts of what it means to be human. Workers need more time off.

German Elections: Who With Whom Elections

Debate on the national scene revolves around one key question; who with whom? If the SPD with Olaf Scholz wins first place, it will still need partners to form a government.

UN Critical of Mass Expulsion of Haitian Asylum-Seekers

"Anyone who... claims to have a well-founded fear of being persecuted in their country of origin, they should have access to asylum and to have their claim assessed before being subjected to expulsion or deportation."

Media Bits and Bytes - September 21, 2021

Bitcoin takes El Salvador, anti-vaxx hate radio guys are dying... a good time to get on Marxists Internet Archive!

Trump, Texas, and the MAGA Drive for Power

When we demonstrate on the ground that radicals are the most reliable and effective fighters against the mortal threat of Trumpism, we maximize our chances of gaining support for our perspective and our organizations.

Expanding the Military Draft Is Not Feminism.

The U.S. invaded Afghanistan by leveraging concerns about women’s rights under Taliban rule. Women’s rights will never be achieved through military occupation and bombing.

Universal Housing Vouchers: A Promise or a Pipe Dream?

President Biden promised to expand the Housing Choice Voucher program so that everyone who qualifies for a voucher gets one. What exactly would that change entail, and how long could it be before we see it happen?

Norway Turns Left

It was evident by about midnight on Monday, September 13, that the Left bloc, spearheaded by the Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet), was comfortably bagging an important victory in Norway’s parliamentary elections.

Carpenters’ Union Halts Work in Seattle Area

Construction work on several major tech company expansion projects, including those by Amazon, Microsoft, Google and Facebook, slowed to a crawl today as the region largest carpenters’ union halted work over a wage dispute.
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Culture

food

On Salt and The Impossible Pursuit of Food Sanctity

Alicia Kennedy From the Desk of Alicia Kennedy
Alicia Kenned who writes a weekly newsletter on food culture, politics, and media, says it’s no exaggeration that nostalgia can drive our food lives or that watching how someone salts their food tells quite a bit about their entire cooking philosophy

poetry

Happy Hour

Jerry Dyer
California poet Jerry Dyer captures the crazy rush for the good old days: “voices mix wisdom with the lies./ Bars are filling their pulpits and their pews.”

books

United States of Amnesia. The Tulsa Massacre

Eric Foner London Review of Books
A noted historian digs deep into the latest work by an equally eminent scholar who spent much of his career fruitfully exposing the 1921 massacre of thousands of black Tulsa citizens. The book and the review coincided with the mass-murder’ centennial

books

The Kremlin Letters

Jonathan Steele The Guardian
This newly published edition of this exchange of letters between the leaders of the three major countries of the anti-fascist alliance sheds new light on an almost forgotten aspect of the World War II years.

Labor

labor

Four Million Jobs

Economic Policy Institute Economic Policy Institute
Budget reconciliation package and bipartisan infrastructure bill would support more than 4 million jobs per year

labor

Can Unions Turn the Covid Crisis Into a ‘1945 Moment’?

Dave Ward interviewed by Ben Chako Morning Star
Identifying allies to build labour movement power in localities is a key part of making the New Deal a success. “Who can we work with to build collectivism and rebuild our movement from the ground up, renewing our connections with working people?"

Friday nite video

video

My Name Is Pauli Murray | Documentary

They are one of the most influential human rights advocates in American history. Told largely in Pauli’s own words, My Name is Pauli Murray is a candid recounting of a unique and extraordinary journey. Coming to theaters Sept 17, streaming on PrimeVideo Oct 1.