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Republicans Reject Attempts to Tighten Vaccine Laws

The stakes are high: The U.S. is experiencing its worst measles outbreak in decades.

Judge Treats Prostitution Arrestees as Human Beings

New film, "Blowin Up," documents unique, caring approach to these cases.

Stripping the Value from Food Labels

New regulations allow the food industry to hide important information from consumers, and it could get worse.

The Toxic Lure of “Guns and Butter”

Top Democrats keep aiding and abetting what Dr. King called “the madness of militarism.”

Global Left Midweek - April 17, 2019

Sudan * Algeria * Indonesia * Islam and the Left * Cuba and Venezuela * UK Labour Leader Remembered * Turkey * Auto Strike Wins in Hungary * Showdown for the Amazon * Global Bern

On the Universalism of Notre Dame

My heart goes out to all my French friends at this cultural catastrophe. It is a great shame, however, that the loss is being commemorated in some quarters in a nativist way. The significance of Notre Dame is universal, not racial.

Threats Against Muslim Americans Are Rising

The overall number of recorded hate crimes against all groups has grown in recent years, but Muslims have been disproportionately targeted...

The Stop & Shop Strike- There's Still Power in a Union

The striking Stop & Shop workers have received solidarity from faith groups, other unions and local lawmakers.

Workers of the World Unite (At Last)

Emerging transnational unionism, if it perseveres, contains the seeds of a new global movement, a new international that extends beyond labor to embrace all forces working toward a Great Transition.

Media Bits and Bytes - April 16, 2019

Net Neutrality victory; Assange bust and free speech; Front page smear; Means TV; RIP Johnson Publishing; Must-have app; GPS surveillance of school kids
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Culture

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Appeasing Hitler

Susan Pedersen The Guardian
This study, published as Appeasing Hitler in the UK, focuses on a vain, narrow-minded prime minister, and on how few Britons understood the Third Reich. The book will be published in the USA in June under the title Appeasement.

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Koji is Transforming How American Chefs Think About Food and Flavor

Kate Leahy Plate on Line
Spaghetti and Clams Koji is a fungus believed to have been domesticated in Asia. As the spores grow, they release enzymes that break down proteins and starches into sugars. This reaction is also why koji mold is used to turn soybeans into miso, and rice into saki.

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The Authoritarian Heroes of Game of Thrones

Parker Richards The Atlantic
As with many epic fantasies, the show’s heroes are framed as liberators and defenders of the common people—despite holding absolute power.

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Mexican American Disambiguation

José Olivarez Hyperallergic
The son of Mexican immigrants, the poet José Olivarez explores the ambiguities (and realities) that determine who labels whom in the discourse of ethnic identity.

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A Grim Take on the State of the News Business

Maria Puente USA Today
A look at the state of investigative reporting and long form journalism, a former New York Times editor details threats to an informed public coming from the decline of newspapers and the rise of social media gimmicks that beggar fact-based writing.

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Why Hannah Arendt is the Philosopher for Now

Lyndsey Stonebridge New Statesman America
The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951), by Hannah Arendt, has much to teach us in our troubled times. In this essay, Lyndsey Stonebridge offers a fine overview of Arendt's life and times, and puts her classic study in its proper context.

Labor

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Rutgers Faculty and Grads Win Historic Contract!

Rutgers AAUP-AFT Rutgers AAUP-AFT
Nearly 5,000 full-time faculty and graduate employees at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, won a tentative agreement on the brink of a strike.

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As Strike Goes on, Impact on Stop & Shop is Increasing

Katie Johnston Boston Globe
Inside stores, shortages are evident. Meat and produce are rapidly disappearing from shelves, and aren’t being replaced because truck drivers in the Teamsters union are refusing to cross the picket line.

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California Teachers on the March: An Interview with Joel Jordan

Johanna Brenner Solidarity
Joel Jordan is a retired teacher activist who spent many years organizing with the Los Angeles teachers’ union (UTLA) before relocating to Oakland where he helps coordinate the California Alliance for Community Schools.

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UAW Announces New Election at Volkswagen

Chris Brooks Labor Notes
On Tuesday, the United Auto Workers (UAW) filed for an election to represent all 1,709 of the plant’s hourly employees, requesting that the election be held on April 29 and 30.

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The Silent Death of Workers in India

Víctor M. Olazábal Equal Times
India's labor market primarily operates within the informal sector and is fraught with the most precarious of conditions, but in an environment where workers can lose their jobs for speaking out, most keep quiet to survive.

Friday nite video

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Indian Elections | Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj

Hasan analyzes the current state of politics in India and what it means to him as an Indian-American, with a focus on the country’s upcoming elections. Hasan discusses how recent conflicts with Pakistan, widespread economic issues under current Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a resurgence of Hindu nationalism, and corruption scandals amongst major political parties in the country will play a role in determining the future, and the identity, of India.

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Gaza | Sundance World Premiere Trailer

Gaza brings us into a unique place beyond the reach of television news reports to reveal a world rich with eloquent and resilient characters, offering us a cinematic and enriching portrait of a people attempting to lead meaningful lives against the rubble of perennial conflict

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Behind the Doodle: Celebrating Johann Sebastian Bach

Google celebrated the renowned German composer and musician Johann Sebastian Bach with their first ever AI-powered Doodle. The Doodle is an interactive experience that encourages players to compose a two measure melody of their choice. The Doodle then uses machine learning to harmonize the custom melody into Bach’s signature music style. More on the promise and risks of AI.