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Why the Palestinian-Israeli Talks Bubble Burst

April 12, 2014
Redress Information
POOR John Kerry. This week he emitted a sound that was more expressive than pages of diplomatic babble. In his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations committee he explained how the actions of the Israeli government had torpedoed the "peace process". They broke their obligation to release Palestinian prisoners, and at the same time announced the enlargement of more settlements in East Jerusalem. The peace efforts went "poof".

Why Do Bosses Want Their Employees’ Salaries to Be Secret?

April 12, 2014
The Nation
In a narrow vote this week, the Senate politely smothered the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would have protected workers’ rights to compare and discuss their wages at work. Aimed at dismantling workplace “pay secrecy” policies, the legislation built on the 2009 Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which strengthens safeguards for women and other protected groups against wage discrimination.

Seymour Hersh Gasses Turkey

April 12, 2014
The Daily Beast
In 2011 Barack Obama led an allied military intervention in Libya without consulting the US Congress. Last August, after the sarin attack on the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, he was ready to launch an allied air strike, this time to punish the Syrian government for allegedly crossing the 'red line' he had set in 2012 on the use of chemical weapons.

Paul Robeson, A Life - Book Review

April 12, 2014
“Paul Robeson: A Watched Man” A book by Jordan Goodman. “Paul Robeson,” historian Joseph Dorinson ruefully wrote in the 2002 introduction to his co-edited collection of essays about him, “is the greatest legend nobody knows.”

An Emerging Solidarity: Worker Cooperatives, Unions, and the New Union Cooperative Model in the United States

April 12, 2014
International Journal of Labour Research
The current issue of the "International Journal of Labour Research," which is published by the ILO, is concerned with the relationship of unions and worker cooperatives. It is titled, "Trade Unions and Worker Cooperatives: Where are We at?" Rob Witherell, of the United Steel Workers Union has an article in this issue, " An Emerging Solidarity: Worker Cooperatives, Unions, and the New Union Cooperative Model in the United States".

Friday Nite Videos -- April 11, 2014

April 11, 2014
Snowden: Take Back the Internet. McDonald's Steals From Employees. Joy Behar Roasts Chris Christie. White Rabbit, Live from Woodstock. If Walmart Paid a Living Wage ...

How Heartbleed Broke the Internet — And Why It Can Happen Again

April 11, 2014
The sad truth is that open source software — which underpins vast swathes of the net — has a serious sustainability problem. Money doesn’t necessarily buy good code, but it pays for software audits and face-to-face meetings, and it can free up open-source coders from their day jobs.

If Walmart Paid a Living Wage, How Much Would Prices Go Up?

April 11, 2014
Think Progress
Walmart employees consume billions in food stamps each year, but raising their wages to a point where they wouldn’t need them anymore would only increase prices by about 1.4 percent

Big Brown Waves White Flag

April 11, 2014
Labor Notes
Last month, UPS in New York City fired 250 drivers who had rallied in support of a fired union member. Teamsters Local 804 gained massive public support in favor of the fired workers, and this week UPS agreed to rehire all 250 workers.

Impacts of Climate Change – Part 2 of the New IPCC Report Has Been Approved

April 10, 2014
Real Climate
The second part of the new IPCC Report has been approved ... the situation is no less serious than it was at the time of the previous report 2007. There is a better understanding of observed impacts worldwide and of the specific situation of many developing countries and there is a new assessment of “smart” options for adaptation to climate change. The report clearly shows that adaptation is an option only if efforts to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions are strengthened.