‘We are witnessing a crime against humanity’: Arundhati Roy on India’s Covid catastrophe

It’s hard to convey the full depth and range of the trauma, the chaos and the indignity that people are being subjected to. Meanwhile, Modi and his allies are telling us not to complain by Arundhati Roy Wed 28 Apr 2021 From: https://www.theguardian.com/news/2021/apr/28/crime-against-humanity-arundhati-roy-india-covid-catastrophe During a particularly polarising election campaign in the state of Uttar Pradesh inContinue reading “‘We are witnessing a crime against humanity’: Arundhati Roy on India’s Covid catastrophe”

May Day and the Haymarket Martyrs, by Tom Whitney

(Source: Labor Standard, Vol1, No3, 1999) (Image Credit: Stock Montage/Getty Images) Jose Marti, author of “A Terrible Drama”, which is cited in the present article, lived in exile in the United States for 15 years until 1895. Having organized Cuban rebel forces fighting in Cuba’s Second War for Independence, Marti died in battle early inContinue reading “May Day and the Haymarket Martyrs, by Tom Whitney”

Venezuela Border Conflict Mixes Drug Trafficking and Regime-Change Ambitions , by Tom Whitney

1182 words Since mid-March Venezuelan army units have been attacking and expelling Colombian operatives active in Apure state, in western Venezuela. Colombians have long used the border regions to prepare cocaine arriving from Colombia and ship it to the United States and Europe. Fighting has subsided; eight Venezuelan troops were killed. Seeking safety, 3,500 VenezuelansContinue reading “Venezuela Border Conflict Mixes Drug Trafficking and Regime-Change Ambitions , by Tom Whitney”

MAINE LABOR NEWS: UPDATES

Thanks to the Maine AFL-CIO and communications director Andy O Brien for these news briefs, selected from the many appearing on the Federation’s website at https://maineaflcio.org/ PMA Workers and Allies Demand Museum Cease Attacks on Workers’ Rights (April 1) Museum workers and fellow union members with the Southern Maine Labor have been handing out leaflets toContinue reading “MAINE LABOR NEWS: UPDATES”

Settling with Our Past, by Greg Godels, from ML Today

As the Empire declines, as the myths binding together US economic power, social harmony, and international prestige dissolve, many people want answers. Why is the US political system dysfunctional? Why does inequality of wealth and power march to ever greater heights? Why does the US government assume unwanted governance beyond its borders, while turning aContinue reading “Settling with Our Past, by Greg Godels, from ML Today”

BOOK REVIEW: A SINGLE OHIO HOSPITAL REVEALS ALL THAT’S WRONG WITH AMERICAN HEALTH CARE, by Mona Hanna Attisha, from ML Today

The business of sickness is perverse. In too many instances, medical interventions are ineffective Band-Aids. Other factors, like where you stand in the social, racial and economic pecking order — and what ZIP code you were born in — determine far more about your health. As Bertolt Brecht said so well, in his “Worker’s SpeechContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: A SINGLE OHIO HOSPITAL REVEALS ALL THAT’S WRONG WITH AMERICAN HEALTH CARE, by Mona Hanna Attisha, from ML Today”

Maine’s Labor Historian, Charles Scontras (1928-2021): His Contribution / by Chris McKinnon

Historians had long neglected Maine’s diverse working class. That changed in the 1960s when Charles A. Scontras, a young historian at the University of Maine, set out to rescue the State’s laboring classes from what the legendary British Historian E.P. Thompson once called, “the enormous condescension of posterity.” In the 1950s, British and other EuropeanContinue reading “Maine’s Labor Historian, Charles Scontras (1928-2021): His Contribution / by Chris McKinnon”

Stopgap Methods Won’t Fix Migration Challenge, by Tom Whitney

The continuing press of migrants from Mexico and Central America arriving at the U.S. southern border has forced the Biden administration to send Vice President Kamala Harris south on a negotiating mission. According to The New York Times, “She will work with the leaders of Central American governments.” Armed with “billions of dollars,” she willContinue reading “Stopgap Methods Won’t Fix Migration Challenge, by Tom Whitney”

‘Lighting a fuse’: Amazon vote could spark more union pushes by Joseph Pisani and Bill Barrow from ‘People’s World’

What happens inside a warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, could have major implications not just for the country’s second-largest employer but the labor movement at large. Organizers are pushing for some 6,000 Amazon workers there to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union on the promise it will lead to better working conditions, better pay,Continue reading “‘Lighting a fuse’: Amazon vote could spark more union pushes by Joseph Pisani and Bill Barrow from ‘People’s World’”

Universities Now Need Govt Approval for Online International Events on India’s ‘Internal Matters,’ from The Wire.

Revised guidelines issued by the MEA and education ministry appear to extend rules applicable to physical events – for which foreigners require visas to come to India – to online conferences and seminars that don’t involve any travel to India. New Delhi: In a new restriction on academic freedom at the country’s publicly-funded universities, professorsContinue reading “Universities Now Need Govt Approval for Online International Events on India’s ‘Internal Matters,’ from The Wire.”