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Global Left Midweek - August 5, 2020

Workers, youth, women and communities in action, in likely and unlikely places - reports from all over

US Left Needs Humility to Understand Politics of México

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's (AMLO) recent visit to the US stirred a great deal of media reaction in the US and México. To appreciate what AMLO and Morena are attempting to do, here are factors the Left, needs to consider.

US Cold War China Policy Will Isolate the US, Not China

The U.S. must stop pursuing its counterproductive effort to undermine China, and instead work with all our neighbors on this small planet.

Dispatches From the Culture Wars - Antisemitism: The En

"Antisemitism from left and right" has become a common expression - but is it accurate? How is it understood?

Okinawa: Will COVID-19 Transform U.S. Military Bases?

demonstrators in Okinawa
Japanese media reported 100 cases of COVID-19 among U.S. military personnel following “reports of troops taking part in parties in downtown areas and beaches around July 4 to celebrate Independence Day.”

Why Does Essential Work Pay So Little And Cost So Much?

bus driver waering mask and gloves
Students tend to measure fair compensation on two scales. How many years of training and/or dollars of tuition did a worker have to invest to become “qualified” for the job? And how important is that worker’s labor to the rest of society?

ALEC Bill: Protect Companies From COVID-19 Lawsuits

The American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative Koch-backed group that held its 47th annual meeting in July, is working to develop a model bill for state legislatures to create corporate liability protections related to the COVID-19.

A Poll Tax By Any Other Name

face photo of Black man
Robert Peoples remembers when African Americans won the right to vote in Alabama back in 1965. More than 50 years after the passage of the Voting Rights Act, Robert Peoples cannot vote in the state of Alabama.

Examining the Wreckage

What does a decolonization movement look like, and how is it informed by both Black and Indigenous traditions of resistance?

‘Amazing, Isn’t It?’ Long-Sought Test for Alzheimer's

Scientists say such tests could be available in a few years, speeding research for treatments and providing a diagnosis for dementia patients who want to know if they have Alzheimer’s disease.
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Culture

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Red Legacies

Michael Terry The Brooklyn Rail
This book, first published in 2011, remains useful in this time of renewed popularity for socialist ideas. As reviewer Terry pointed out when the book was first published, it is an informative treatment of its topic, despite its weaknesses.

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Gymnasts Worldwide Push Back on Their Sport’s Culture of Abuse

Juliet Macur New York Times
On Instagram and other social networks, gymnasts have tagged posts with #GymnastAlliance to share their own experiences in the wake of a Netflix's new documentary 'Athlete' A that highlights verbal and physical abuse by coaches.

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Quarantine

Quinn Lewis Southern Review
Months before the public became aware of Covid-19, the poet Quinn Lewis used the word to depict a chosen escape from normal life and the ensuing comforts “inside/the walls.”

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How to Save the World from Financialization

Gregory N. Heires Portside
Long before the 2008 financial collapse rocketing, debt and financial wizardry masked the deep underlying fragility of finance-led growth, with wages and productivity stagnating, inequality exploding and ecological systems teetering.

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The Corporation, Law, and Capitalism

Bill Bowring Marx & Philosophy Review of Books
This book argues "against ‘cause-lawyering,’'' writes reviewer Bowring, "and attempts to hold corporations criminally liable."

Labor

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MTA Calls for Remote Learning Until Building Safety Is Ensured

Massachusetts Teachers Association MTA
Decades of economic policies have allowed the 1 percent to prosper — even increasing their net worth by billions of dollars during the pandemic — while disinvesting in the public good has left almost everyone else behind.

Friday nite video

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Morgan Freeman Reads Rep. John Lewis’ Last Words

In a special Last Word, Morgan Freeman reads the words of John Lewis’ final essay, which he requested be published in the New York Times on the day of his funeral: “Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation.” 

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Audion | Playing For Change

“The melody is inspired by some of my favorite musicians such as Furrey Lewis, Blind Willie Johnson, and many others,” says composer Nico Bereciartúa. With musicians in the USA, India, Italy, and Jerusalem.

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The Man Who Knew Infinity

The true story of a friendship that forever changed mathematics. In 1913, Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel), a self-taught Indian mathematics genius, traveled to Trinity College, Cambridge, where over the course of five years, he forged a bond with his mentor, the brilliant and eccentric professor, G.H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons), while fighting against prejudice to reveal his mathematic genius to the world.

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Line Rider - Beethoven's 5th Symphony

On Beethoven's 250th anniversary, the intrepid Line Rider cruises the musical themes of Fate, announced by perhaps the most famous four notes in music.