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Global Left Midweek - September 18, 2019

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The Real Reason General Motors Workers Are On Strike

It’s not that complicated. GM has been highly profitable, and workers haven’t forgotten the sacrifices they made to prop up the company.

Building on the Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty

Two trains are running in opposite directions. One is racing toward a nuclear weapons-free world. The other is spending unimaginable fortunes to upgrade their omnicidal nuclear arsenals and making "mad man" threats to use them.

Single Payer Health Care - First Step to Revolution

Timothy Faust’s new book is part history, part manifesto, and part irreverent tour guide to America’s deeply flawed health insurance system.

Model Citizen José Samuel Solis Lopez Now a ICE Prisone

He neither expected nor asked much of his adopted country—basically just the chance to earn a paycheck and be free from government and employer intimidation.

Dispatches From the Culture Wars - September 17, 2019

How elections are stolen; Austin turns the tables on abortion funding; Arnautoff Murals; Progressive prosecutors; Ecofascism; Brutality at the camps; Sotomayor sounds the alarm

The Case for Public Option in Pharmaceutical Industry

shelves of prescriptions is the time for bold long-term solutions that can help secure the future health and well being of our communities. Public pharmaceuticals can play an important role in constructing that future we so desperately need.

While the Amazon Burns, Cuba Increases Forested Areas

Sierra MAestra Mountains in Cuba
The socialist island Cuba is a rare example of large scale reforestation, whereas the rest of the world moves in the opposite direction.

The Legacy of Israel’s First Refuser

man sitting in chair outside home
Appearing in a Haifa court a few months after Israel was founded in 1948, the violinist made clear that he would play no part in the war Israel was then fighting against its neighbors. He regarded Arabs as his brothers, not his enemies.

A Green New Deal for Decarceration

people with picket signs
To save the planet, a Green New Deal has to transform our entire society. Part of that transformation must include the deconstruction of our system of mass incarceration.
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How To Think Freely

Jennifer Wilson The New Republic
In their encounters with Western art, Soviet audiences found ways to reimagine themselves.


Once Upon a Time in Tarantino’s Hollywood

J. Hoberman NY Review of Books
Tarantino succeeds in superimposing two meta-narratives: the end of the Western and the self-destruction of the counterculture. Both stories are symptomatic of the war in Vietnam, though here Vietnam is little more than background.


José Andrés Serving Free Meals In The Bahamas

Mikaela Lefrak WAMU American University Radio
Chef and restaurant owner José Andrés spoke at the National Book Festival in D.C. last month about his humanitarian work. Celebrity chef José Andrés and his nonprofit humanitarian relief organization, World Central Kitchen, have served more than 200,000 free meals in the Bahamas and distributed food in the Carolinas and Florida since Dorian hit.


Vietnam: Terror Was Absolute

Chris Mullin London Review of Books
Decades after the US retreat from Vietnam, the causes of the war and the outcome are still controversial if not murky, its lessons still not understood by US foreign policy makers. A comprehensive new book aims to clear away much of the detritus.


“Sitting Around Singing Kumbaya”

Arielle Greenberg Poetry Northwest
"Come by here": Listen as the Maine-based poet Arielle Greenberg takes you to the radical roots , the heritage and legacy of the oft-maligned song, Kumbaya.


Insurgent universality

Samir Gandesha Radical Philosophy
The argument that's usually framed as "identity politics" versus "class politics" is one of the animating features of today's insurgent left. Both this book and reviewer Gandesha seek to unpack this argument's complexities.



GM Strikers Have One Chance: Vote No

Jane Slaughter Labor Notes
With top leaders discredited but refusing to step away, GM strikers have just one tool to use between their rock and their hard place: their right to vote no. Chrysler workers did it in 2015.


The Human Cost of a Cheap Manicure

Kim Kelly Teen Vogue
Teen Vogue runs an op-ed column, No Class, dedicated to worker struggles and the American labor movement. This week's column focuses on the troubling working conditions at nail salons and the organizing efforts to change them.

Friday nite video



John Oliver explains why filibusters exist, why they shouldn't, and why it's stupid to drink coffee like a cat.


How Black Americans Were Robbed of Their Land

Over the course of the 20th century, black Americans have lost approximately 12 million acres of land. This mass land dispossession—a war waged by deed of title, which has affected 98 percent of black farmers—can only be called theft, says Atlantic writer Vann R. Newkirk II in a new documentary.


Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird | "Freedom Is A Verb"

It's a verb, it's a verb, freedom is a verb,
Something never finished, never done.
It's something you must make, 
It's something you must take,
It's something you must constantly become


Raise Hell: The Life & Times Of Molly Ivins

The story of media firebrand Molly Ivins, six feet of Texas trouble who took on the Good Old Boy corruption wherever she found it. Her razor sharp wit left both sides of the aisle laughing, and craving ink in her columns. She knew the Bill of Rights was in peril, and said "Polarizing people is a good way to win an election and a good way to wreck a country."