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Brecht’s Poetry: Angry or Evil?

Michael Wood The London Review of Books
An extended ode to the revolutionary German playwright-genius Bertolt Brecht, whose exhaustive new collected poems exalt combating injustice while keeping faith in his fidelity to dissent.

Around the Globe, 1.4 Million Climate Strikers Raise a Single Demand

Libby Rainey The Indypendent
Young people across the U.S. and globally walked out of school Friday in an international strike for climate action — reportedly the largest protest against global warming in human history. An estimated 1.4 million people in 123 countries took part.

Class Struggle at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

John Bruce Yeh, Youming Chen, Clara Takarabe interviewed by Isaac Silver Jacobin
Classical musicians aren’t associated with picket lines, but the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is now on strike. We spoke to three strikers about their grueling work, recent attacks on orchestra members’ pensions and salaries, classical music and labor.

UAW Must Resist Strategy to Divide Members, NAACP Leader Says

Phoebe Wall Howard Detroit Free Press
“Are you going to be able to keep what you have? Are you going to be able to sit at the table as one?” NAACP National President Derrick Johnson asked UAW members, as he urged them to avoid division based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender.

“Speaking Truth to Power” Is No Substitute for Taking Power

Norman Solomon Truthout
Progressives often applaud the idea of “speaking truth to power.” But this concept is hazardous. If taken literally and deployed as a single-minded strategy, it can divert attention from the crucial need to take power away from those who abuse it.

Global Left Midweek - March 20, 2019

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Worldwide Climate Protest, Algiers Upsurge, Stédile on Venezuela, Philippines Strike, Yellow Vests, Remembering Marielle, Ukraine Elections, Pakistani Women's Movement Under Attack