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How US Foreign Policy Spawned Terror and Trump

Rod Such The Electronic Intifada
book cover The Management of Savagery: How America’s National Security State Fueled the Rise of Al Qaeda, ISIS, and Donald Trump by Max Blumenthal, Verso Books (2019)

The New ICE Age: An Agency Unleashed

Tina Vasquez Rewire.News
police arresting immigrant Trump is giving ICE the tools, financial resources, and presidential backing to go after immigrant communities as never before. Among its most important and powerful supporters is the labor union that represents ICE’s agents.

Issa Rae on Blackness

Jane Mulkerrins The Guardian
The creator of Insecure, Issa Rae, talks about blackness as season two begins.


How Trump Made Wage Theft Routine

Eric Cortellessa The American Prospect
“The Trump administration’s rhetoric on immigration and its approach to enforcement have made immigrant communities obviously fearful in a new way,” says Laura Huizar, a staff attorney with the National Employment Law Project. “This is going to prevent a lot people from filing wage complaints that they otherwise would have.”


How Obama Has Tilted the Workplace for Unions

Sean Higgins Washington Examiner
As far as labor leaders are concerned, former Labor Sectary Hilda Solis and her successor, Tom Perez, have delivered. "President Obama has been a good president for working people," AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says. Since his days as a community organizer in Chicago, Obama has had close relations with labor unions, and organizations such as the Service Employees International Union were among his earliest and most vocal supporters when he ran for president in 2008.

Why Obama and Putin are Both Wrong on Syria

Juan Cole Informed Comment
So Obama wants al-Assad to stand down as a prerequisite for effective US action against Daesh in Syria (a few air sorties and even fewer air strikes are ineffectual). Putin thinks al-Assad is key to defeating Daesh and that everyone should ally with Damascus. Putin is blind to the ways that al-Assad and his military brutality is prolonging the civil war. Backing his genocidal policies will just perpetuate that war.

Guantánamo Closure Remains Elusive

Jennifer Fenton Aljazeera America
The status of the controversial facility, along with its inhabitants, remains mired in delays, appeals and political dramas that make shutting the prison increasingly difficult to imagine.
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