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Ultra-Processed Food May Have 32 Harmful Health Effects

World’s largest review finds direct associations with higher risks of cancer, heart disease and early death

Private Equity Has Its Eyes on the Child-Care Industry

As states and the federal government pour money into early education, how will they keep a public good from becoming a private cash cow?

Mercedes-Benz Workers in Alabama Move To Join UAW

"We're here to tell you that we are the majority. Mercedes workers are ready to stand up."

Michigan’s Primary: Biden Courting Political Suicide

The “uncommitted” vote in Michigan way outperformed expectations last night, reflecting Democratic unhappiness with Joe Biden’s support for Israel’s brutal war. He should change course on Gaza immediately.

Global Left Midweek – February 28, 2024

Unrest worldwide, and what it means

Public Ownership of Housing - Closer Than You Think

Forget private developers—cities and states could just build their own housing to solve the crisis. In New York, now there’s a bill to do it.

Making It Work From the River to the Sea

For Israel and Palestine, security depends on equal treatment now that the ‘land for peace’ formula has failed

World Court Hearing on Israeli Occupation Wraps Up.

Over 50 nations presented testimony to the ICJ on the legality of the Israeli occupation, with the majority offering stirring arguments for Israeli accountability and justice for the Palestinians. An Advisory Opinion is expected sometime this summer.

Elon Musk Flees to Billionaires’ New Court

Burned by legal decisions, Elon Musk is relocating his rocket company to Texas — where he’ll enjoy a new, separate justice system controlled by his ally, Gov. Greg Abbott

Dispatches From the Culture Wars – February 27, 2024

Beyoncé vs Nashville
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Culture

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Toxic Debt: An Environmental Justice History of Detroit

K.C. Compton Early Learning Nation
Over a period of the five years, beginning in 2014, the City of Detroit cut of water services for over a quarter million residents. This book, writes reviewer Compton, is a "dense, deeply researched history of Detroit’s water disasters."

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Dior and Chanel Square Off in the Messy the New Look

Eileen Jones Jacobin
Largely set in occupied France during World War II, the new Apple TV+ series The New Look zeroes in on Christian Dior’s rivalry with Coco Chanel — but it falls flat when it tries to handle Chanel’s infamous Nazi sympathies.

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1619

Philip C. Kolin White Terror Black Trauma
Mississippi poet Philip Kolin traces the history of enslavement since 1619, this extract from his new book White Terror, Black Trauma (Third World Press).

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Strangely Lenin

Paul Buhle Portside
This may be the funniest book about Lenin ever published, a generalization difficult to prove because there have been thousands of books about Lenin in hundreds of languages.

Labor

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DC37 Retirees Association Taken Over by AFSCME

Chrystal Lewis Chief
The DC37 Retirees Association President said the trusteeship by AFSCME was a result of their opposition to being forced into a Medicare Advantage Plan and their support for the lawsuit brought by the NYC Organization of Retired Public Servants.

labor

The Auto Workers Go All In

Harold Meyerson The American Prospect
By devoting $40 million to its campaign to organize non-union auto plants, the UAW is challenging not just corporate America but also labor’s status quo.

labor

No Union Democracy, No Union Revitalization

Chris Bohner Jacobin
Union democracy shouldn’t be seen as an abstract good separate from more important strategic considerations about rebuilding labor. Without democratizing labor, we can’t rebuild labor.

labor

The 2023 UAW Strike: A Turning Point in Labor History?

Nelson Lichtenstein New Labor Forum
Should the UAW's southern organizing drive succeed, then its 2023 work stoppage will stand with the great strikes of 1937 and 1946 as a social and political achievement of epic proportions.

Friday nite video

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Supreme Court Ethics | John Oliver

It's really legal!!! John Oliver offers Clarence Thomas $1 million a year for life if he'll resign from the Supreme Court.

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American Fiction | Movie

Cord Jefferson's hilarious directorial debut confronts our culture’s obsession with reducing people to outrageous stereotypes. His outlandish “Black” book propels him to the heart of hypocrisy and madness.

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Gaza

Demand a ceasefire and an end to U.S. military aid to Israel. Video by Historians for Peace and Democracy's Israel Palestine Working Group.