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The 2019 UN Vote Against the US Blockade of Cuba

"The United States government does not have the least moral authority to criticize Cuba or anyone else in the area of ​​human rights. We reject the repeated manipulation of this issue for political purposes," Bruno Rodriguez

And the Armies That Remained Suffer'd

The only way to prevent veterans from killing themselves is to prevent them from going to war.

Rich Americans Are Interfering in Our Elections

Amazon's efforts to manipulate Seattle's city council race show that wealthy individuals and companies are threats to democracy.

The Bolivian Coup: The Mainstream Media Won't Tell You

Bolivia’s oligarchy launched an orgy of racist and fascist violence to oust president Morales

Dispatches From the Culture Wars - November 12, 2019

Understanding the Bolivia Coup, Trump's Violent Movement, Flipping Red States, Left Electoral Discussion, How the GOP Courts Black Voters, Processing the Disaster, Scabs and Scabbing, Trumpified Courts, The Winning Finger

This is a Coup

Yesterday elected Bolivian President Evo Morales, the only indigenous president ever in Latin America, resigned under duress due to a coup d’état orchestrated by right-wing opposition and the Organization of American States, and supported by the US.

“Other Than Honorable?” Veterans With “Bad Paper”

“At no point in history,” the report notes, “has a greater share of veterans been denied basic services intended to care and compensate for service-related injuries. (See https://www.swords-to-plowshares.org/2016/03/30/Underserved/)

November 11: Remember Tragedy and Legacy of World War 1

troops from WW1 in a trench
As a country, the US has moved from being a reluctant, late entrant into World War 1 to being the premier merchant of death in weapons sales and premier militarist nation, engaged in a perpetual state of war waged from an empire of military bases.

Reclaim Armistice Day!

November 11 was proclaimed Armistice Day after World War I. But during the Korean War, the Congress rebranded it “Veterans Day” and turned the meaning on its head.

Trump Order to Defy Subpoenas: Grounds for Impeachment

Trump signing documents
We’re headed for a separation of powers showdown between Congress and the president that will ultimately end up in the Supreme Court.
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Culture

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The Stunning Achievement of Kasi Lemmons’s “Harriet”

Richard Brody The New Yorker
"It’s a freedom movie; it’s not a slavery movie. It exists in a very perilous and conflicted time in our country, but it’s really about freedom and what you’re willing to do for it—not just for you, but for others." - Kasi Lemmons

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Hitler: Still Messing With Our Heads

Christopher Clark London Review of Books
Two new books on the fascist leader walk different paths; one identifying Hitler as key to virtually every juncture of the party’s rise and fall while the other looks more toward his racial worldview as profoundly preoccupied with ‘Anglo-America.

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New Left Memories

Paul Buhle Portside
Two new memoirs portray the activist left over the last half-century.

Labor

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Bernie Sanders Wins Endorsement of Nurses' Union

Alice Miranda Ollstein and Holly Otterbein Politico
Sanders will accept endorsement at a rally in Oakland, Calif. on Friday. "Bernie Sanders is, and has been, leading on Medicare for All through his advocacy and Senate legislation,” says Bonnie Castillo, the executive director of the nurses' union.

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"We're the Sacrificial Lamb": On the UAW Plant Closures

Carter Eugene Adams Organizing Work
Carter Eugene Adams visited workers on the picket line at the Lordstown, OH plant where they had worked for decades. The plant is now permanently closed as part of the deal between GM and the UAW.

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Delta’s Flight Attendants Are Organizing

Sarah Jones Intelligencer
AFA’s new drive is separate from a preexisting one organized by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. IAM has been organizing Delta flight attendants and ramp attendants since 2010, the year of AFA’s last loss.

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New Threats Put Wildfire Fighters' Health on the Line

Julie Turkewitz The New York Times
In the last three years, California has seen a record number of devastating fires, and thousands of firefighters have been exposed to chemicals they had not previously encountered in such high volumes.

Friday nite video

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AI Learns to Play Hide and Seek

Agents discover progressively more complex tool use while playing a simple game of hide-and-seek. This suggests that multi-agent co-adaptation may one day produce extremely complex and intelligent behavior.

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Voting Machines

John Oliver discusses how voting machines work, how they don’t, and how we can fix them.

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Nancy Pelosi With Stephen Colbert

Following the House of Representatives' adoption of rules for the impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump, Speaker Pelosi has a candid conversation with Stephen