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How The Labor Movement Is Thinking Ahead To a Post-Trump World

Rachel M. Cohen The Intercept
Just over 10 percent of workers are unionized, down from 35 percent in the mid-1950s. Potentially, though, a wave of Democratic victories in 2018 and 2020 could give labor groups a chance to turn things around. With an eye toward that moment, labor’s leading strategists are coming together to build a program that avoids the mistakes of the past.

Banning Nuclear Weapons: The Beginning

H. Patricia Hynes Portside
Against all odds, 122 countries agreed in July to ban nuclear weapons. At the heart of the United Nations treaty is an explicit ethical goal: to protect peoples of the world from the humanitarian catastrophe that would ensue if nuclear weapons were employed. Once 50 states ratify the treaty, it will enter into international law. The United States, the only country to use nuclear weapons, dropped the first atomic bomb on Aug. 6, 1945 at Hiroshima, and Aug. 9 on Nagasaki.

Gaza Blockade Must End

Jimmy Carter and Mary Robinson The Guardian (UK)
The UN should mandate an end to the siege of Gaza as a first step towards a settlement.

Hugo Chávez Kept his Promise to the People of Venezuela, and to Latin America

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Oscar Guardiola-Rivera
The late Venezuelan president's Bolívarian revolution has been crucial to a wider Latin American philosophy - "History will affirm, justifiably, the role Hugo Chávez played in the integration of Latin America, and the significance of his 14-year presidency to the poor people of Venezuela" former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
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