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‘Amazing, Isn’t It?’ Long-Sought Test for Alzheimer's

Scientists say such tests could be available in a few years, speeding research for treatments and providing a diagnosis for dementia patients who want to know if they have Alzheimer’s disease.

The End of the Filibuster—No, Really

Many activists will not tolerate a Democratic-controlled Senate that allows Republicans to block civil-rights legislation next year.

Did the Atomic Bomb End the Pacific War?

The use of the atomic weapon must be seen as a continuation and a start: the nuclear continuation of the conventional terror bombing of Japanese civilians, and the start of a new “cold war.”

Tearing Down Black America

Policing is not the only kind of state violence. In the mid-twentieth century, city governments, backed by federal money, demolished hundreds of Black neighborhoods in the name of urban renewal.

Chicago Maternal Health Desert Poses Added Risks

The planned closing of Mercy Hospital underscores the dramatic loss of maternity services in Chicago over the past year — reflecting the failure of local government agencies to adequately fund critical services in vulnerable communities.

How Jared Kushner’s Secret Testing Plan “Went Poof"

This spring, a team working under the president's son-in-law produced a plan for an aggressive, coordinated national COVID-19 response that could have brought the pandemic under control.

Israeli Settlers Occupy Palestinian World Heritage Site

Sixty-year-old Mariam Bader waters her crop in the Palestinian village of Battir.
Israeli settlers, hoping to beat Trump’s “Deal of a Century” plan to the punch, occupied the West Bank village of Battir. Under Trump’s plan Battir would remain Palestinian, so armed settlers are moving to create irreversible “facts on the ground.”

The Silent Power of America’s Caste System

Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife Coretta, visiting India in 1959.
More than a century and a half before the American Revolution, a human hierarchy had evolved on the soil of the future United States. To comprehend the current upheavals one must understand the human pyramid encrypted into us all: the caste system.

The Long March Through the Institutions in Labour

The long march is a strategy to abolish existing structures and the institutions that reproduce them. It is a process of working politically from within, pushing boundaries through agitation not negotiation, and creating a counter public-sphere.

BDS -- 15 Years of a Movement

Even campaigns that may not reach their objective can contribute to explaining what is happening on the ground and what the Palestinian people are calling for, and to raising awareness about Israel’s regime of disposession and colonization.
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Quarantine

Quinn Lewis Southern Review
Months before the public became aware of Covid-19, the poet Quinn Lewis used the word to depict a chosen escape from normal life and the ensuing comforts “inside/the walls.”

books

How to Save the World from Financialization

Gregory N. Heires Portside
Long before the 2008 financial collapse rocketing, debt and financial wizardry masked the deep underlying fragility of finance-led growth, with wages and productivity stagnating, inequality exploding and ecological systems teetering.

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The Corporation, Law, and Capitalism

Bill Bowring Marx & Philosophy Review of Books
This book argues "against ‘cause-lawyering,’'' writes reviewer Bowring, "and attempts to hold corporations criminally liable."

Labor

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MTA Calls for Remote Learning Until Building Safety Is Ensured

Massachusetts Teachers Association MTA
Decades of economic policies have allowed the 1 percent to prosper — even increasing their net worth by billions of dollars during the pandemic — while disinvesting in the public good has left almost everyone else behind.

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Morgan Freeman Reads Rep. John Lewis’ Last Words

In a special Last Word, Morgan Freeman reads the words of John Lewis’ final essay, which he requested be published in the New York Times on the day of his funeral: “Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation.” 

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Audion | Playing For Change

“The melody is inspired by some of my favorite musicians such as Furrey Lewis, Blind Willie Johnson, and many others,” says composer Nico Bereciartúa. With musicians in the USA, India, Italy, and Jerusalem.

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The Man Who Knew Infinity

The true story of a friendship that forever changed mathematics. In 1913, Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel), a self-taught Indian mathematics genius, traveled to Trinity College, Cambridge, where over the course of five years, he forged a bond with his mentor, the brilliant and eccentric professor, G.H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons), while fighting against prejudice to reveal his mathematic genius to the world.

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Line Rider - Beethoven's 5th Symphony

On Beethoven's 250th anniversary, the intrepid Line Rider cruises the musical themes of Fate, announced by perhaps the most famous four notes in music.