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The Trump Administration’s Parting Outrage Against Cuba

The last-minute designation of Cuba as a state sponsor of terror will make it harder for the incoming Biden administration to lift sanctions and renormalize relations with the island nation.

The Rosenberg Orphans and the Power of Radical History

Orphaned after their parents were executed for espionage, the story of the Rosenberg boys is one all Americans should know.

A Jim Crow Relic That Must Be Abolished

"Do Senate Democrats want to keep the filibuster or do they want to pass comprehensive democracy, anti-corruption, and voting rights legislation to realize the promise of a multi-racial democracy?"

A White Supremacist Coup Succeeded in 1898 NC

The Wilmington coup, when white supremacists overthrew the city’s legitimately elected bi-racial government, could not have happened without the involvement of white news media. The same is true of the Capitol siege on Jan. 6, 2021.

Trump as Citizen Kane

Trump as Citizen Kane, and the challenge to the Left to prove to workers that it, not right-wing populists, truly represents them and will fight neoliberalism

Erik Prince: Barbaric Mercenary

We went to Iraq thinking this shooting was some form of innocent civilians caught in the crossfire between Blackwater guards and insurgents. After only one week, we determined that this incident was a massacre similar to My Lai in Vietnam.

Pompeo’s Last Days: More “Counterterrorism” Abuse

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at President Trump’s announcement last October that Sudan will normalize relations with Israel.
Counterterrorism tools have been misused for decades, but no administration has abused them more than Trump’s. Last week outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo used the Foreign Terrorist Organizations list to attack Cuba, Iran, and Yemen’s Houthis.

District of Columbia Statehood: More Urgent Than Ever

A District resident demands statehood.
It’s disenfranchisement on a monumental scale. For more than 200 years the District of Columbia, with more people than Wyoming or Vermont, has been denied the right to voting representation in the US Congress. D.C. has the right to statehood now.

Resistance in Nigeria

In October 2020, thousands of Nigerian youth from across the country chose to take a stand against the extra-judicial killings committed by the Nigerian police branch known as SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad).

Friday Nite Videos | January 15, 2021

Bernie Sanders on America's Way Forward. Documentary: MLK/FBI. New Footage Shows What It Was. Like Inside the Trump Mob at the Capitol. How QAnon Addicts Its Followers. How Trump Has Incited Violence for Years.
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Culture

poetry

Never Again

David Alpaugh Verse Daily
For California poet David Alpaugh, despite the promises of peace or justice, the violence of war lives on.

books

The Post-Trump Future of Literature

Viet Thanh Nguyen New York Times
What will writers do when the outrage is over? Will they go back to writing about flowers and moons?

books

Strongmen

Charles Kaiser The Guardian
Ruth Ben-Ghiat delivers a superb examination of how close the US came to fascism – and how it has propped it up before.

food

The Customer Is Not Always Right

Khushbu Shah Food & Wine
Customer entitlement at restaurants is at an all-time high, making work unsafe and unbearable for many in the industry. The way we think about hospitality needs to change.

Labor

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Amazon Warehouse Workers to Vote on Union

Annie Palmer CNBC
A National Labor Relations Board hearing officer ruled Friday that Amazon warehouse workers in Alabama can hold a union vote starting on Feb. 8.

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Google’s New Union Is Already Addressing Political Issues

Aarian Marshall WIRED
The Alphabet Workers Union said YouTube’s response to the insurrection was “lackluster” and inadequate. In a statement, the group said Google was not enforcing its own policies, while the platform was being used to “spread hatred and extremism.”

labor

Building Class Power by Fighting for the Common Good

Stephanie Luce Organizing Upgrade
"Mapping for the Common Good" is a tool for unions to map contracts and line up contract campaigns for more leverage. Bargaining for the Common Good combines union power with community demands in a way that can build class power.

Friday nite video

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Documentary: MLK/FBI

Award-winning editor and director Sam Pollard lays out a detailed account of the FBI surveillance that dogged King’s activism throughout the ’50s and ’60s, fueled by the racist and red-baiting paranoia of J. Edgar Hoover. Full review.

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How QAnon Addicts Its Followers

VICE News investigates the who, what, and why behind the QAnon conspiracy movement to understand its radicalizing impact on society, in the wake of the Capitol riots.

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How Trump Has Incited Violence for Years

'Knock the crap out of 'em, would you? I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees' — Trump has been inciting violence from his supporters for years.