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Fifty Years Later, Pentagon Papers Still Speak Loudly

A half-century later, the publication of the Pentagon Papers has both less and greater significance than it did on June 13, 1971.

Joseph Almudéver, the Last International Brigadesman

Almudéver was a fighter with his whole being, a man unable to give up because he doesn’t know how to surrender, because it’s not right to surrender to oppression.

NYT's Poor Coverage of Africa

The New York Times, by portraying Africa as a place of failure and no leadership, participates in the White Savior Industrial complex and the NGO pyramid scheme in keeping the Global North in position of dominance over their “former colonies."

David Olusoga on Race and Reality

The professor and broadcaster discusses writing black Britishness back into history, the backlash this provokes – and why he’s so proud of his heritage.

America’s Gun Obsession is Rooted in Slavery

A series of slave revolts terrified white residents and helped fuel the rationale for gun ownership.

Friday Nite Videos | June 11, 2021

How Radical Gardeners Took Back New York City. Mdou Moctar | Chismiten. “Takeover”: New Doc Chronicles Historic 1970 Young Lords Occupation of Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx. Is Most Published Research Wrong? Jordan Klepper Solves Guns.

Billionaires Don’t Pay Inheritance Taxes Either

Rich Americans pay only about 2 percent on inherited fortunes, “less than one-seventh the average tax rate on income from work and savings.”

Booster Shots? Probably. But When? And Which Ones?

Scientists are asking a lot of questions about Covid-19 booster shots, but they don’t yet have many answers. Here’s what they know so far.

The Case for Prosecuting Donald Trump

Trump’s presidency made clear that our institutions are currently incapable of holding presidents accountable for breaking the law. Unless he faces consequences, the message to future corrupt leaders is that they will not face consequences either.

The Fog of History Wars

History is politics by other means, and we who care about it have to fight this war better and more strategically ourselves. We need history that can get us marching but also render us awed by how much there is to learn.
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Culture

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Poem with an Ear Pressed to the Ground

Kindra McDonald Rattle
“So much of this last year has been about breath and breathing,” writes the poet Kindra McDonald, referring to respirators and the words “I can’t breathe.”

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The Railway: An Adventure in Construction

Dragan Plavšić Counterfire
E. P. Thompson a leader among British youth in constructing a Yugoslav railway in 1947. The reviewer faults the book, for boosting the communist regime while exaggerating the role played by the nation’s workers, even as he lauds Thompson’s later work

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After Homosexuality

Kate Redburn Dissent
This book is "an ambitious retelling of the history of capitalism through the politics of gay sex, arrives just in time to help dissuade us of the idea that we have reached the end of gay history."

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The Lesbian Bar Project

Anna Hezel TasteCooking
Socioeconomic divisions meant that a lot of women couldn’t afford to go out, or they had children and didn’t have the time to. So how they gathered was through food, and through community. Filmmakers Street and Rose explore the idea of queer food.

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Crack

Rebecca Foust New Letters
Rebecca Foust’s poem “Crack” speaks to vulnerability—"just a nick/to break the skin”—that encapsulates the era of pandemic.

Labor

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A Backroom Deal To Kill Single Payer

Julia Rock The Daily Poster
Under pressure from labor leaders and insurance execs, NY Dem leaders are blocking a vote on health care legislation even though it has majority support in the legislature.

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Trump-inspired Death Threats are Terrorizing Election Workers

Linda So Reuters
Flag that says stop the steal Election officials and their families are living with threats of hanging, firing squads, torture and bomb blasts, interviews and documents reveal. The campaign of fear, sparked by Trump's voter-fraud falsehoods, threatens the U.S. electoral system.

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Paid Sick Leave is a Women’s Health Issue

Cecille Joan Avila Prism
A woman’s ability to take the time they need to care for their health should never come at the expense of lost income, nor depend on the income they make or the industry they work in.

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Fighting for Coal Country

UMWA Journal
Working to preserve what we have now is what’s important. That’s what started the labor movement. Keeping the union strong and alive is about securing the jobs we have now and finding real solutions to transitioning to new ones.

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Behind the Virtuous Façade

Mateo Crossa and James M. Cypher Dollars and Sense
On July 1, 2020, NAFTA was replaced by the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. The new labor provisions require Mexico to restructure its labor relations system with US oversight. Mexican workers will most likely continue to suffer.

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On Police Reform, the AFL-CIO Has a Lot of Catching Up to Do

Alex N. Press Jacobin
The AFL-CIO’s new report on police reform doesn’t come anywhere close to what’s needed. Written largely from the perspective of police officers, it rejects calls to defund the police, embracing the failed approach of trying to weed out bad apples.

Friday nite video

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Is Most Published Research Wrong?

Mounting evidence suggests a lot of published research is false. But it's a lot better than denying published science.

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Why the US Government Murdered Fred Hampton

This is the story of an assassination, and a coverup. But Fred Hampton's story is about much more than the raid that took his life: the movement he helped create was unique, and revolutionary.