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Climate Profiteering Will Dwarf Coronavirus Windfall

From testing for coronavirus to treating the health impacts of climate change, universal healthcare and publicly owned medicine production are critical components for adapting to the coming crisis.

Saudi Women Pull Back Curtain on Crown Prince MBS

The fact that MBS lifted the driving ban and simultaneously put in prison those who had campaigned and suffered for such reforms makes clear his actual motive: to silence dissent and prevent these women’s voices from being heard.

Global Left Midweek - Perspectives on Health Crisis

How Covid-19 Affects Capitalism, How We Cope, and How We Can Respond

The Workers Our Coronavirus Debate Is Leaving Out

The media and the Democratic Party establishment’s singular focus on paid sick leave leaves out millions of contract and informal workers. We need to think much bigger — now.

What Keeps America from Getting Medicare for All

Forget politics or money. Racism explains why the country lacks the safety net its citizens deserve.

Single-Payer Systems Coping More Effectively With Virus

"Having a healthcare system that's a public strategic asset rather than a business run for profit allows for a degree of coordination and optimal use of resources."

Jack Welch Was a Bitter Foe of American Workers

Jack Welch, who died this month at the age of 84, changed the trajectory of American capitalism, however the obituaries left out or downplayed Welch’s greatest impact in shaping the unequal and unfair America of today: unionbusting.

Dispatches From the Culture Wars - COVID-19 Dispatches

New social divisions, new atrocities, new challenges for humanity

Oil Claims Halting Fossil Fuel Production 'Criminal'

A new oil and gas industry ad pushes back against growing calls to hold the fossil fuel industry accountable for the climate crisis — by making the bold statement that it would be criminal not to produce oil and gas.

A Case Study of Corporate Media Disinformation

Over the 60 years of the Cuban revolution, the corporate media has implanted in us a negative image of Cuba through their distortions of the country’s political and economic system, their discounting the revolution’s achievements...
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Growers of New, Pricey Strawberry Are Selling a Sweeter Experience

Michel Martin npr
The "new" strawberry has twice as much sugar content compared to the average American variety; it's bigger, and has an airier texture and unexposed seeds. Although it thrives in the mountains of Japan, a New Jersey farm is now growing it here.

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Tracking the Enemy

Kim Shuck Sidewalk NDN
“Donated clothes” from California, the woman who sewed meets the wearer, “a Bosnian woman/Hiding in London”—the global coincidence that inspires “Tracking the enemy.”

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Her Struggle

Christian Lorentzen Book Forum
Hilary Mantel concludes her Thomas Cromwell trilogy, preceded by Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies , brilliantly and exhaustively charting the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell, the powerful minister in the court of Henry V!!!

Labor

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New York Times features Worker Rights

NYT editorial board; Lazaro Gamio; Julie Rotham & Shaina Feinberg New York Times
Count me in The New York Times has put together three useful articles with graphics over the past week, highlighting worker rights and worker safety. Two pieces focus on COVID-19 and worker safety. The third is about the dangers of construction work.

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“We’re Not Going to Work Through Coronavirus”

David Broder Jacobin
Italian mechanics pictured at their garage. The European country hit hardest by coronavirus, Italy has announced a near-total shutdown of shops and public venues, but many nonessential workplaces are still running. Refusing to let bosses risk their safety, workers are now going on strike.

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A More Perfect Union: Can Organized Labor Win in 2020?

Steven Greenhouse The New York Review of Books
Trump is a conman nonpareil who has fooled millions of workers into believing he is their champion. No institution in society is better positioned than organized labor to disabuse workers of that demagogic notion.

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Six Key Issues Where Sanders Continues to Fight

A defiant Bernie Sanders has rejected pressure to end his presidential bid. Here is a look at where the senator stands on key issues including the economy, the climate crisis, healthcare, immigration and gun control

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Sorry We Missed You | Movie

From director Ken Loach, writer Paul Laverty and the award-winning team behind I, Daniel Blake, comes Sorry We Missed You - a powerful exploration of the contemporary world of work, the gig economy and the challenges faced by one family trying to hold it all together. Full review here.

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Coronavirus | John Oliver

As coronavirus spreads, John Oliver discusses what’s being done to fight it, what’s gone wrong, and how to stay safe

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Rock Me Baby | Beverly "Guitar" Watkins

Beverly "Guitar" Watkins performing with the Rick Fowler Band at the Foundry in Athens, Georgia. The energetic 78-year-old blues legend has been performing since the '50's when she was a member of Piano Red's band.