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Jobs, Jobs Everywhere, But Most of Them Kind of Suck

Eric Levitz New York Magazine
Gallup asked 6,600 U.S. workers what they saw as the defining characteristics of a “good” job, then used their answers to construct a “job-quality index.” As measured by the index only 40 percent of Americans currently have “good” jobs.

A Canadian Mining Company Intensifies a Culture War in Oaxaca

Samantha Demby NACLA
Protest against Fortuna Silver Mines.
Local Oaxacan representatives accuse Fortuna Silver Mines, a Canadian corporation, of appropriating their culture to whitewash a record of environmental crimes and incitement to violence that has killed local activists and divided their communities.

Dreamers With Shovels

Nelson Lichtenstein American Prospect
How the first New Deal remade America

Iraqis Rise Up Against 16 Years of 'Made in the USA' Corruption

Nicolas J S Davies OpenDemocracy
An Iraqi anti-government protest.
With massive protests embroiling Iraq, Western media casts Iran as the chief foreign player in Iraq today. While Iran is one of the targets of the protests, most of those ruling Iraq now remain former exiles the US flew in with its occupation forces.