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Against the Normal

Scott McLemee Inside Higher Ed
December 10 was International Human Rights Day, making the book under review a timely, sobering take on the uphill struggle for human rights at home and abroad in the face of rising nativism, racism, xenophobia - paeans to alleged traditional values.

It’s Never ‘Just the Immigrants’

Harry Blain Foreign Policy in Focus
protest in front of White House in 1922 The targeting of immigrants is intimately linked to a long record of labor repression and civil liberties violations — which eventually target the native-born, too.

The New Attack on Linda Sarsour Is With Vile Lies

Linda Sarsour; Bend the Arc; Allison Kaplan Sommer (in Haaretz) Haaretz (Israel)
Linda Sarsour: The constant defamation of my character is more than any one human being can bear. Bend the Arc: We are disgusted by concerted efforts to spread lies about Linda Sarsour’s sincere support for the victims of the Tree of Life shooting...

Donald Trump’s Takeover of the Republican Party is Now Complete

Zach Carter Huffington Post
A Neo-Confederate victory in Tuesday’s primary indicates a frightening direction for the GOP. Stewart isn’t just a Virginia problem. He’s an American problem. Unabashedly pro-Confederate, he allied with violent white nationalists in Charlottesville.

Why Europe's Center-Left Keeps Losing Elections

Conn Hallinan Foreign Policy in Focus
Voters can't tell the difference between the center left and the center right, and they don't want either. As the center-left accommodated itself to capital, it eroded its trade union base. Where center-left parties embraced unabashedly progressive policies, on the other hand, voters supported them
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