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Biden to Support Waiving Patents for COVID-19 Vaccines

As vaccination rates increase in the U.S., developing nations — which have sought the patent waiver for months — are facing massive coronavirus outbreaks.

Military Spending Reached Highest Level in Decades

World military expenditure in 2020 is estimated to have been $1981 billion, the highest level since 1988 — and world military expenditure in 2020 was 2.6 per cent higher in real terms than in 2019 and 9.3 per cent higher than in 2011.

‘New Redlining’ Decides Who Lives in Your Neighborhood

If you care about social justice, you have to care about zoning. Taking on exclusionary zoning also begins to address two other challenges the Biden administration has identified: the housing affordability crisis and climate change.

An Offshore Wind Industry to Rival Europe’s

Having fallen a decade behind in developing the renewable energy, the U.S. is priming itself for a space race-style comeback.

May 6, 2021-Reader Comments, Resources, Announcements

Reader Comments: Biden Recovery Plan; US History, Racism and Struggle for Racial Justice; Heroes But Not Saints; Myanmar; Yiddish, Immigrants, U.S. left; Book Sale; Puerto Rican Socialist Party; Climate Change; Pensions; Labor and Media; Zoom events

How Socialism Started Winning Elections Across America

In Democratic primaries across the country, DSA candidates ran to replace older, centrist, white incumbents with young leftists who promised to fight for peoples' needs.

Another Nakba: 'This Is My House, You Are a Thief'

In 2020, 140 Palestinian families lost their homes, about double the number in 2019, a surge in Israel's ethnic cleansing many see as part of a "100 year Zionist project" to appropriate "Jerusalem whole and united."

Fidel Not the Target of CIA's 1st Anti-Castro Plot

New details have emerged of the first such plan, which was actually directed against Castro's brother Raúl Castro, in July 1960.

Here's How to Force Biden to Cut the Pentagon Budget

Get organized. Ask for meetings with your representatives or their foreign policy staffers. Be fierce; be relentless. Channel the grit of a Pentagon lobbyist.

Global Left Midweek - May Day 2021

Reports and messages from far and wide, and 50 years of the pathbreaking Italian daily il manifesto
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Culture

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Epidemic Empire: Colonialism, Contagion, and Terror 1817-2020

Joshua Moufawad-Paul Marx & Philosophy Review of Books
This book offers an examination of how the language of imperialism portrays anti-imperialism and rebellion as infection and pestilence, and how that language is "central to the management of empire and neoimperial formation."

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My name [Inaudible.]

Patricia Mona Eng Rattle
Responding to the shootings in Atlanta’s Gold Spa, poet Patricia Mona Eng uses online quotes of the shooter against the 911 recordings of the Asian woman calling for help.

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The Gatekeeper: Charting Paul Krugman’s Economics Turn for the Better

Adam Tooze London Review of Books
A systemic look at the evolving intellectual career of New York Times economics writer and Nobel laureate Paul Krugman in his shift from herald of neoliberal globalism to an emphasis on class and the public policies that address social inequities.

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The Labor Battle for the Right to Pee

Luis Feliz Leon TNR
App delivery workers for DoorDash, Grubhub, Uber Eats, and other tech giants are fighting for a living wage, employment status, and the simple right to pee in privacy.

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Can the Decline of Unions Be Reversed?

Arthur MacEwan Dollars&Sense
The decline of unions and the difficulties that unions face in 2021 are not simply a result of some sort of inexorable forces, which is often how globalization and technological change are presented.

Friday nite video

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The Present | Movie

This Oscar-nominated short movie centers around a Palestinian man and his young daughter who set out in the West Bank to buy his wife a gift, showcasing the struggles they go through between soldiers, segregated roads, and checkpoints. Now streaming on Netflix.

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Why Is America's Justice System So Unfair?

Ari Melber traces the origins of injustice in America's justice system by explaining everything from the racist Jim Crow framework to the bipartisan 1994 crime bill.