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Women Who Performed Illegal Abortions Decades Ago

Over the years, the team, made up of 20 to 30 women, in Chicago, at any given time, ended up facilitating at least 11,000 abortions before Roe v. Wade was passed in 1973 and made abortion a constitutional right. We're now facing an assault on women.

Trump's Trade War Is Waged to Make the Rich Richer

Donald Trump seems determined to double down and keep pressing forward on his trade war with China. He promises more and higher tariffs, not realizing that U.S. consumers are the ones paying these taxes - not China's government or corporations.

Donald Trump's Sneak Attack on Social Security

"Chained CPI" might sound technical and boring, but anyone who has closely followed the Social Security debate knows better. It has long been proposed as a deceptive, hard-to-understand way to cut our earned Social Security benefits.

Rhiannon Giddens and What Folk Music Means

Rhiannon Giddens's multicultural background has presented particular challenges of self-definition. She is an artist of color who plays and records what she describes as "black non-black music," reviving a forgotten history.

Tidbits - May 23, 2019-Reader Comments, Announcements

Reader Comments: Italy Unions Refuse to Load Saudi Ship; Eyewitness Report: Venezuela Up Close; The Strange Workings of Identity and Adolph Reed Jr.; Boeing Allowed to Decide What Planes Are Safe?; Socialism; Announcements - Chicago, New York, DC

How Congress Came Together to Screw the Poor, Again

The roots of the recent TurboTax debacle go back to another bipartisan rip-off.

Coalition-Building in the Era of Educator Activism

The enemies of public education are organizing. It's time to fight back

How the U.S. Media Could Help Prevent War with Iran

The big question is whether or not journalists have learned any lessons whatsoever from the Iraqi WMD debacle of 2003.

Economist Letter to Congress Endorses Medicare for All

"The time is now to create a universal, single-payer, Medicare for All healthcare system in the United States," the economists wrote

Global Left Midweek - May 22, 2019

Elections: India, Philippines, South Africa, EU * Europe's Social Democrats * Gay Marriage in Taiwan * Brazil vs Bolisaro * Iran's Working Class
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Culture

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No Waverers Allowed: Looking Back on The Northern Ireland "Troubles."

Clair Wills London Review of Books
The reprinting of a classic book on the Northern Irish "Troubles" of 50 years ago is the occasion for a relook at warring nationalisms, armed violence and ethnic oppression that divided a population, leaving capital and British imperialism unscathed.

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Maoism: A Global History

Ben Margulies LSE Review of Books
Julia Lovell’s fascinating new history of the international career of Maoism reveals the resonance of the ‘Great Helmsman’ in a populist age.

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Lawsuit claims Post falsely advertises 'real cocoa' in its cereals

Jessi Devenyns FoodDive
False cocoa? A lawsuit filed last month accuses Post Consumer Brands of misrepresenting the ingredients in its products. The case argues that highlighting the ingredient for its simplicity wrongly implies that it is "nutritionally and organoleptically superior."

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Elexxxion

John Paul Davis Rattle
New York poet John Paul Davis reflects on the multitude of political candidates, their promises, their lies.

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Los Angeles: City of Segregation

Adam Tomes Counterfire
The book under review documents a century of struggle against the partitioning of groups on the basis of race through property markets, constructions of community, and the scourge of neoliberalism, revealing racialist ideology and means to end it.

Labor

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Elder Care Homes Rake in Profits as Workers Earn a Pittance

Jennifer Gollan Associated Press
Residential senior care homes profit handsomely by paying their workers poverty wages. The profit margins can be huge and, for violators of labor laws, hinge on the widespread exploitation of thousands of caretakers, many of them poor

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Sara Nelson: “People Are Ready to Fight”

Sara Nelson Jacobin
On May 10, 2019, Assoc. of Flight Attendants president Sara Nelson gave a speech to the Chicago Democratic Socialists of America’s annual Eugene Debs–Lucy Gonzalez Parsons–A. Philip Randolph Dinner. Here is the speech, lightly edited for publication.

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Sara Nelson: “People Are Ready to Fight”

Sara Nelson Jacobin
On May 10, 2019, Assoc. of Flight Attendants president Sara Nelson gave a speech to the Chicago Democratic Socialists of America’s annual Eugene Debs–Lucy Gonzalez Parsons–A. Philip Randolph Dinner. Here is the speech, lightly edited for publication.

Friday nite video

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Green New Deal

 
With the Green New Deal sparking a national conversation about all the ways to combat climate change, John Oliver looks at a few potential solutions. Guest Bill Nye the Science Guy literally torches complacency about global warming.

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Nothing Happened

How many excuses for not holding Donald Trump accountable for his many, very public and thoroughly documented high crimes and misdemeanors?

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Trailer for George Clooney's Catch-22

George Clooney brings Joseph Heller's classic but unfortunately relevant novel about the inherent insanity of war to the small screen. A vivid, frenetic, violent and deeply impactful short series streaming on Hulu, starting May 17.

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New Unredacted Information Re: Obstruction

Former head of the Office of Legal Counsel Walter Dellinger tells Lawrence O'Donnell that there is already enough evidence to find that "the president obstructed justice in the worst of high crimes and misdemeanors." 

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Lethal Injections | John Oliver

John Oliver discusses the lethal injection process, which is definitely not as pleasant as talking about a squeaking frog

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Walking Blues | Keb' Mo'

In honor of blues legend Robert Johnson's birthday, Playing for Change shares "Walking Blues," featuring Keb' Mo' along with musicians from six countries. Originally written and recorded by Son House in 1930. The PFC version starts in Argentina with Roberto Luti and Nico Bereciartua playing slide guitars, and adds friends to create a blues jam around the world.