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.”

There Are So Many Lessons to Learn from Kerala: The Eleventh Newsletter (2021), Tricontinental

Dear friends, Greetings from the desk of the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research. Indian farmers and agricultural workers have crossed the hundred-day mark of their protest against the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. They will not withdraw until the government repeals laws that deliver the advantages of agriculture to large corporate houses. This, theContinue reading “There Are So Many Lessons to Learn from Kerala: The Eleventh Newsletter (2021), Tricontinental”

Recurring Political Crisis in Haiti Connects with US Racism, by Tom Whitney

Haiti faces serious political crisis. The country has experienced great political difficulties ever since gaining independent nationhood in 1804. Impaired governance stems in large measure from U.S. meddling over many years.  We examine the current crisis and the basis for U.S. zeal to curtail Haiti’s future. Mass demonstrations have continued intermittently since mid-2018, when twoContinue reading “Recurring Political Crisis in Haiti Connects with US Racism, by Tom Whitney”

ICE, Migrant Children, and Maine, by Raina Overskride

The Biden administration is opening up a facility near Carrizo Springs, Texas where the U.S. Immigrations, Customs, and Enforcement Agency (ICE) will be holding unaccompanied migrant children. The facility, formerly a camp for oil field workers, was used briefly by the Trump administration in 2019 for the same purpose. The news is depressing and disappointing.Continue reading “ICE, Migrant Children, and Maine, by Raina Overskride”

Maine Medical Center Nurses Want a Union, Need Support, by Sheila Malone RN

Nurses at Maine Medical Center (MMC) in Portland, the region’s preeminent referral center, have taken steps to organize a union.  On their behalf, the Maine State Nurses Association (MSNA) in January petitioned the National Labor Relations Board to authorize a secret vote on forming a union for the hospital’s 1600 nurses. Ballots mailed to MMCContinue reading “Maine Medical Center Nurses Want a Union, Need Support, by Sheila Malone RN”

Cuba’s COVID-19 Vaccines Serve the People, Not Profits, by Tom Whitney

Cuba’s socialist approach to developing vaccines against COVID-19 differs strikingly from that of capitalist nations of the world. Cuba’s production of four vaccines is grounded in science and dedicated to saving the lives of all Cubans, and to international solidarity. The New York Times’s running report on the world’s vaccine programs shows 67 vaccines havingContinue reading “Cuba’s COVID-19 Vaccines Serve the People, Not Profits, by Tom Whitney”

To Normalize US-Cuban Relations, Restore Working Embassies, by Tom Whitney

The new Biden administration may soon ease regulations enforcing the U.S. economic blockade against Cuba.  However, if Oregon Senator Ron Wyden’s new bill, the U.S.-Cuba Trade Act of 2021, becomes law, the blockade itself will disappear. Meanwhile, the two countries’ embassies in Havana and Washington are dysfunctional. No normal relations will obtain until they areContinue reading “To Normalize US-Cuban Relations, Restore Working Embassies, by Tom Whitney”