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Don’t Forget: Nuclear Weapons Are an Existential Threat

There’s a growing awareness now that climate change is an existential threat to humanity. But there’s another existential threat that gets a lot less attention: nuclear war.

'Work Or Go To Jail': How LA Courts Force Unpaid Labor

people hauling trash out of LA River
UCLA Labor Center study finds county relies on laborers – largely people of color – threatened with debts and jail to do work that would otherwise be paid.

Black Southern Mayors: Endorsement “Roadmap”

Some of the South’s most prominent Black mayors, in four states with the earliest and most competitive primaries, are telling presidential candidates seeking endorsements that they’ll first have to show how they plan to invest in their communities.

The Left Needs A United Front In Every State

There has been a growing movement of grassroots state power building independent political organizations (IPOs). Drawing lessons directly from this experience, the authors share three specific state-based strategies for organizers and activists.

New Survey: Americans Want Progressive Foreign Policy

“Over 18 years, the United States has spent $4.9 trillion on wars, with only more intractable violence in the Middle East and beyond to show for it,” points out Koshgarian.

Chicago’s Teachers Are Making History. Again.

Rank-and-file workers are finally taking back their unions, and strikes are spreading across the country as a result.

In a Strong Economy, Why Are So Many Workers on Strike?

Last year, the number of workers who participated in significant strikes soared to nearly 500,000, its highest point since the mid-1980s, while the total duration of such strikes reached a 15-year high.

PKK Letter to the American People and President Trump

We are not guilty of terrorism; we are victims of state terrorism. But we are guilty of defending our people”, said the PKK in its letter addressing to the American people and president.

Now Retired, Top Scientist Feels Free to Speak Her Mind

I think there’s been a chilling impact on certain kinds of research …

Without Encryption, We Will Lose All Privacy

The US, UK and Australia are taking on Facebook in a bid to undermine the only method that protects our personal information
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What Will Humans Eat on Mars?

Andrea Michelson Smithsonian Magazinem
Scientists at the University of Central Florida have modeled a path toward self-sufficiency for one million settlers of Mars over the course of 100 Earth years. Planetary scientist Kevin Cannon talks about the logistics of feeding a population of one million on the Red Planet.


Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen Is A Reckoning Worth Waiting For

Danette Chavez AV Club
HBO's Watchmen's writing presents through-lines from slavery to Reconstruction to the so-called “alt-right”; from, as Rage Against The Machine once put it, those who work forces to those who burn crosses.


Three Flats

Philip C. Kolin
Mississippi poet Philip C. Kolin traces the evolution of his childhood neighborhood in Chicago that went from Czech to Hispanic.


Insular, Controversial Picks for Nobel Literature Laureates

Jennifer Wilson The Nation
Next year, says the reviewer, the Nobel Committee for Literature should look beyond Europe. Despite the differences between awardees Olga Tokarczuk and Peter Handke, they both reflect a divided Europe as viewed only from within its borders.


'The Irishman": The Ghost of Jimmy Hoffa Won’t Go Away

Steve Early Jacobin
Martin Scorsese’s new film The Irishman continues Hollywood’s obsession with the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa. We’re more concerned with what happened to Teamster working conditions under his son, James P. Hoffa.



Chicago Teachers Go Out On Strike Again

Barbara Madeloni Labor Notes
This time the union has extended its demands: it wants to tackle student homelessness and affordable housing for low-income Chicagoans.


The G.M. Strike Was the Best and the Worst of the Labor Movement

E. Tammy Kim The New York Times
On picket lines around the country, from Wyoming, Michigan to Rochester, N.Y. to Langhorne, Pennsylvania ---G.M. workers made the strike their own. Their fight is one that all of us, regardless of the work we do, should claim as our own.


Government-Sponsored Retirement Plans for Private-Sector Workers Fall Short

The government-promoted plans let employers completely off the hook and put the entire burden of retirement savings and investment management on workers. They put another nail in the coffin of traditional plans in which employers share the expense.

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John Oliver | Weather

John Oliver discusses the tension between the public and private worlds of predicting the weather


Rising Up | Bernie 2020

The corporate media covers Bernie's campaign while millions of people around the country rise up


Glory to Hong Kong: A New Protest Anthem

After months of peaceful marches and clashes, Hong Kong protesters have begun staging a different type of demonstration - mass singalongs of a new song called Glory to Hong Kong.


The Irishman | Movie

Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci star in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, an epic saga of organized crime in post-war America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran, a hustler and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th century. Full review.