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Why Do White People Like What I Write?

Pankaj Mishra London Review of Books
Writers once busy in prestigious magazines rationalizing war and torture are now confronting the obdurate pathologies of American life that stem from America’s original racial sin. Coates wonders why those once fierce in defending bloody imperial missions now embrace him for describing American power from the rare standpoint of its internal victims. Yet the danger for Coates is not so much seduction by power as a distorted perspective caused by proximity to it.


“Up to Their Necks in Fuel”: On Patricia Smith’s Incendiary Art

Jonathan Farmer Kenyon Review
This poet and this book have just won the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award based at Claremont Graduate University. The prize is given to a mid-career poet, and is one of the top literary prizes given in the United States. It is a significant testament to the power of Smith's work. This review shows wide-ranging and powerful art that Patricia Smith practices.


Natalie Portman Acknowledges Annihilation Whitewashing is ‘Problematic’

Jordan Crucchiola Vulture
Portman and her co-star Jennifer Jason Leigh say they only learned about the race of the characters in the film’s source material this week. When asked to comment on the controversy, Portman said, “Well, that does sound problematic, but I’m hearing it here first.” Leigh added, “It’s probably a valid criticism. I didn’t know that.”


Name That Orange! The Modern Farmer Guide to Orange Varieties

Dan Nosowitz Modern Farmer
These are a very few of the many varieties of oranges. Oranges were likely first cultivated in southern China (references to the fruit can be found in region’s literature as far back as 314 BC). They’ve since been hybridized, re-hybridized, and altered so much that there are hundreds of orange varieties throughout the world. Can you tell the difference between varieties?


Dispatches from Barbed Wire

Abigail Carl-Klassen Huizache: The Magazine of Latino Literature
The Wall goes on, but as the El Paso poet Abigail Carl-Klassen announces: “We’re still here. In protest. In Pachanga. Fists raised.”


Marxism as ‘Organized Sarcasm’

Richard Seymour Salvage
Saying Marxism is a science is preface. Add organized sarcasm and we come closer to mocking not so much intimate feelings associated with worldly illusions but their form in a particular perishable world. It aims to give new form to certain aspirations, the better to regenerate them. Yet if Marxist movements are to be effective, they must create new tastes and a new language for struggles to be born. Sarcasm then is about what outrages our sense of what should be.



Massive Labor-Rights Rally Set for Feb. 24

Mark Toor The Chief
Leaders from the women’s and civil-rights movements, labor unions, environmental-justice groups, the religious community and others announced plans to mobilize in Foley Square on Feb. 24 during a massive, nationwide day of action. The Working People’s Day of Action, convened by the workers’-rights organization Jobs With Justice, will include events in dozens of cities across the country, according to the New York State AFL-CIO.


“If Lula is Arrested, Civil Disobedience is the Way” Calls MST Leader Joao Pedro Stedile

Denise Assis O Cafezinho / The Dawn News
Power depends on correlation of strength. The bourgeoisie and its minions use the judicial power to suit their interests as if this was a monarchy, with no oversight by society. They trampled on the Constitution in order to reach their goals. The working class has only one space where it can exert its political power: mobilization on the streets.


Airbnb Finds a Union It Can Work With After Failed Efforts

Josh Eidelson Bloomberg
The United Auto Workers won a union contract covering nearly 150 cafeteria workers at four Airbnb facilities. It’s the latest development in a unionization trend among tech companies’ sub-contracted staff. Share Better, a group backed by Unite Here, the hotel industry, housing groups and elected officials, said Thursday that the new Airbnb effort doesn’t go far enough.


Statewide Walkout Announced for W.V. School Teachers and Employees

Caity Coyne Charleston Gazette-Mail
Teachers and public employees have been demonstrating for weeks, including a massive all-day protest at the Capitol on Friday, asking lawmakers to fully fund the Public Employees Insurance Agency and increase pay.


In Uganda, Unions Are Helping to Drive Transport Workers Into Decent Work

Diana Taremwa Karakire Equal Times
The Uganda transport workers strategy for organising informal economy workers was based on understanding that these workers are often already organised, not within unions, but through credit and savings cooperatives, self-help groups, community-based organisations and associations.

Friday nite video


Florida Shooting: Students Walk Out to Call for Gun Control

Students across the US are walking out of their schools to protest against gun violence and to demand a ban on assault rifles, in solidarity with the survivors of the second deadliest public school shooting in US history.


How Some Democrats Aided The NRA-GOP Agenda

Controversial historical footage implicates key Democrats in the gun lobby efforts to stop any gun control in congress. Ari Melber’s special report.


How Tech Giants Feed Off Capitalism's Failures

Uber, Lyft, Airbnb and other successful tech giants are disrupting our everyday lives ... but is all that disruption a good thing? Are they fixing holes in our economy, or just digging a bigger one that's six feet deep?


Russia Hacks Voter Rolls & Rob Porter Resigns

A top-secret report finds that Russia hacked U.S. voter rolls in the 2016 election, and White House staffer Rob Porter steps down amid domestic abuse allegations.