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Global Left Midweek - June 26, 2019

Interviews with Enzo Traverso (antifascist historian), Seif Da'na (Egypt), Sybelle Kaczorek (Germany), Richard Seymour (UK), Radha Gyawali (Nepal), Sudanese comrades, Hernan Vargas (Venezuela), João Pedro Stedile (Brazil)

A Brief History of US Concentration Camps

“The US ran concentration camps before, when we rounded up Japanese people during World War II,” she tweeted. “It is such a shameful history that we largely ignore it. These camps occur throughout history.”

The Hybrid War Against Iran

Sanctions, the information war, and the American sabotage

Wayfair Workers Plan Walkout

Boston, MA Hundreds of employees of online home goods company call on it to end partnership with government contractor.

Soaring Insurance Deductibles and High Drug Prices

I guess I understand why they do it,” she said. “But there is absolutely no help for people who have to go to the doctor because they’re sick.… I’m being charged an incredible amount of money just to live. It somehow doesn’t feel fair.”

Dispatches From the Culture Wars - June 25, 2019

Confronting the camps; Assange case; Far right raids the GOP; Naming the far right; Trump cult; Teachers take on white nationalism; Suing neo-Nazis; Knitters take a stand

Toward a Movement 40 Million Strong

immigrant rights protest sign
The battle over ideas (both in form and content, and as measured by PAC, party, and candidate spending) is breeding cynicism and driving down voter turnout.

3M Knew About PFAS Food Contamination in 2001

Last week, we learned that the Food and Drug Administration had detected PFAS compounds in pineapple, sweet potato, meat, and chocolate cake.

Bombs Made by Chicago Company Killed Gaza Civilians

man looking at devastated building
Israel used “bunker buster” bombs made by a US arms company in two attacks on Gaza in which civilians were killed last month.

No War with Iran

older woman holding protest sign
We must demand Congress prevent the Trump Administration from going to war with Iran. To that end, United for Peace & Justice has partnered with Veterans For Peace, a UFPJ member group.
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Radical Happiness

Garrett Pierman Marx & Philosophy Review of Books
"The pursuit of happiness," said the writers of the Declaration of Independence, is one of our basic "unalienable rights." What can that possibly mean in contemporary capitalist society? This book inquires into what "happiness" might mean today.


The Other Red Meat: What The New York Times Missed

Miles Nolte The Meat Eater
Meats traverse different narratives from field to plate, and the texture of those journeys emerges in their related greenhouse gas emissions as much as their flavor profiles.


To a Stranger

Walt Whitman Whitman Archive
Pride Flag Waves Over San Francisco's Gay Pride Parade In this season of gay pride and the varieties of love, Walt Whitman speaks to us on the 200th anniversary of his birth.


The Impossibility of Impeachment

Michael Kazin The New Republic
For reviewer Kazin, the failure of the effort to remove President Andrew Johnson from office, a story that is brilliantly recounted in this book, deserves careful study as we review today's political environment.



Reparations Economics 101

Bob Hennelly Salon
Once we start mapping the brutality - always an organizing principle of capitalism - it will be difficult to stop.


IKEA Workers Vote To Join Machinists union

Staff Fightback News
A group of 186 distribution center workers at IKEA distribution centers in Joliet and Minooka, Illinois voted June 19 and 20 to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM).


Portside Labor Awarded Labor Communicator of the Year

Carl Ginsburg; Kurt Stand; Jay Schaffner Portside
Metro New York Labor Communications Council held its annual convention on May 10 at IBT Local 237. The Communicators of the Year award was presented to the Portside Labor collective. Portside Labor has been a vital resource for the labor community.

Friday nite video


Impeachment | John Oliver

With a national conversation underway about the possibility of impeachment, John Oliver discusses whether the benefits outweigh the potential risks


Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Opening Statement on Reparations at US House Hearing

Author Ta-Nehisi Coates told lawmakers at a House committee hearing that the debate over reparations is “a dilemma of inheritance.” Coates called out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for saying a day earlier that reparations were not “a good idea” because no one who is currently living is responsible. Coates told lawmakers that many of the inequalities created by slavery persist today, including in the form of economic and health disparities.


Our Ignorance About Gravity

This video is about how little we know about the behavior of gravity at short length and distance scales and constraints on Newton's inverse square law at the human and microscopic and atomic scales. Only on solar system scales or larger do we have good constraints on Newton's law of gravitation.


When White Supremacists Overthrew a Government

In November 1898, in Wilmington, North Carolina, a mob of 2,000 white men expelled black and white political leaders, destroyed the property of the city’s black residents, and killed dozens--if not hundreds--of people. For decades, the story of this violence was buried, while the perpetrators were cast as heroes.


Protest Music in the Era of Trump

From Woody Guthrie to the tumultuous 1960s, musicians have responded to the times with music. Musicians across multiple genres are once again responding to the political climate.