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Will Betelgeuse Explode?

The star in the constellation of Orion has been visibly dimming since late 2019, and now stands at just 36% of its normal brightness. Astronomers are talking about the chance of the star becoming a supernova.

The Torture Machine, Racism and Violence in Chicago

Takes the reader from the 1969 murders of Black Panther Party chairman Fred Hampton and Panther Mark Clark—and the historic, thirteen-years of litigation that followed—through the dogged pursuit of commander Jon Burge, leader of CPD torture squad.

There Have Been 10 Black Senators Since Emancipation

Elected 150 years ago, Hiram Revels was the first.

Maternal Mortality Rate Fails to Capture Many Deaths

Since 2007, the government had held off on releasing an official estimate of expectant and new mothers who died from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. It waited for the data to get better. But the new, long-anticipated number falls short.

Unprecedented Effort to Kill Massive Locust Swarms

In recent months, the Horn of Africa has been invaded by desert locusts that have consumed food crops and pasture. For Kenya, it is the worst infestation in 70 years.

Environmental Protection Rises on the Public’s Agenda

Partisan gap on dealing with climate change gets even wider

The History of Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing

Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing is a reminder of the solidarity, commitment and community that African Americans forged to not merely survive in this nation, but to create beauty in the face of persistent injustice.

Election 2020: Alternative Strategies

Whether a Democrat beats Trump or not, we are going to need a movement of people who recognize their common interests, and join together to fight for them. It’s the only way we will save what’s left of our planet, our civil society, and ourselves.

Advance College Athletes’ Rights, Don’t Roll Them Back

Michael Krzyzewski and Derryck Thornton, one of his student athletes. .
Ramogi Huma, is the Executive Director of the National College Players Association and a former football player at UCLA. What follows is his testimony, February 11, 2020 before US Senate Subcommittee on Manufacturing, Trade, and Consumer Protection.

‘Man Camps” and Violence Against Indigenous Women

Hanging red dresses signify missing and murdered Indigenous women.
Canada’s National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women found “substantial evidence” natural resource projects increase violence against Indigenous women and children and two-spirit individuals. Yet, British Columbia ignored this link.
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Culture

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We Didn’t Need the High Fidelity TV Show

Jillian Mapes Pitchfork
A generous reading might consider the show a corrective to the original, particularly because women, people of color, and queer folks now work the stacks at Championship Vinyl. A more skeptical take is that even this is morally suspect.

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Nancy Pelosi tore up Trump's Speech

Beau Beausoleil
San Francisco Poet Beau Beausoleil answers the mysterious question, why did Nancy Pelosi tear up the State of the Union speech?

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Can Journalism Be Saved?

Nicholas Lemann The New York Review of Books
The evolution (or devolution) of journalism from reporting of facts through investigatory exposes to today's spread of Internet chatter.

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The Difference Between Yams and Sweet Potatoes Is Structural Racism

Margaret Eby Food & Wine
Yams and sweet potatoes have different origins as well as different meanings In the United States, the terms “yam” and “sweet potato” are used interchangeably, but they are completely different vegetables. The mix-up between yams and sweet potatoes originated from the Trans- Atlantic slave trade.

Labor

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Why Would A Union Oppose Medicare For All?

Rolando Jackson Current Affairs
The Culinary Union’s stance on Medicare for All raises serious questions for the immigrant labor movement. It is in Labor’s interest to back M4A.

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Why Is Nevada’s Most Powerful Union Turning on Bernie Sanders?

LUKE ELLIOTT-NEGRI JACOBIN
Workers in UNITE HERE teeshirts rallying Top leaders in Unite Here Local 226 in Las Vegas have been circulating attacks on Bernie Sanders and his Medicare for All proposal. They should listen to their membership and stop slandering the most pro-worker candidate in the race.

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More Americans Are Going on Strike

Sarah Jones New York Magazine
Strike activity surged in 2018 and 2019, marking a 35-year high for the number of workers involved in a major work stoppage over a two-year period.

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Hasan Minhaj Sits Down With Bernie Sanders

Hasan and Bernie talk presidential campaign, foreign policy in the Middle East, student loan forgiveness, and how Bernie plans on working with Republicans if he becomes president