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HR Has Never Been on the Side of Workers. #MeToo Is More Proof.

Sarah Lazare Working In These Times
“Human resources departments exist primarily to keep the employer from being sued,” author and longtime labor organizer Jane McAlevey tells In These Times. “While they may play functional bureaucratic roles, the chief purpose of HR departments in my experience—after a lifetime in the labor movement—is to protect the company, not workers. Obviously they will be totally ineffective to address the sexual harassment crisis in this country.”

Trump to Call on Pentagon, Diplomats to Play Bigger Arms Sales Role

Mike Stone, Matt Spetalnick Reuters
“We want to see those guys, the commercial and military attaches, unfettered to be salesmen for this stuff, to be promoters,” said the senior administration official, who is close to the internal deliberations and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The Polluter Is Not Paying

H. Patricia Hynes Portside
Wars may end, bases may close, but our toxic military footprint remains as a poisonous legacy for future generations.

Why Has Israel Banned Jewish Leftists But Not Members of Nazi-Linked Groups?

Natasha Roth Lobe Log and Common Dreams
"But the formality of this step — banning outright leaders and key members of a Jewish organization — is yet further concrete evidence of what has been apparent for some time: that even as the Israeli government makes crystal-clear its commitment to having as few non-Jews as possible within its borders, it is also becoming increasingly blatant about possessing criteria for the types of Jews it considers kosher."

Donald Trump Goes to the Movies

Frank Bruni The New York Times
"I can’t think of a previous batch of statuette-season contenders so politically on point and of the moment, and I credit — although that’s not quite the right word — Donald Trump. His rise and presidency have brought so many of the cancers of American life to the surface, where we can no longer avoid them, and the movies reflect that. He’ll be at the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards not just as the butt of a gazillion jokes. He’ll be there as an inspiration."