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ILWU President's Message: Response to Massive Fine

William E. Adams ILWU Dispatcher
The ILWU was fined $93.6 million over a labor dispute in Oregon, a sum which could bankrupt the union. Union President Adams explains that the ILWU will fight the judgement in court and will continue to defend its members, no matter the outcome.

Brexit Backlash Hits Labour Hard; What Next For Labour Movement?

Morning Star editorial; Martin Kettle in The Guarian Morning Star
Early exit polls have suggested a Tory landslide, with Leave-voting areas switching away from Labour according to predictions. Two completely contrasting visions for our future were on the ballot paper. Labour’s offer went further than two years ago

Tidbits - Dec. 19, 2019 - Reader Comments: Impeachment Matters; 2020 Elections as Anti-War Vote; Trump Jobs are Low-Wage; Free Public Transit; Family Separation-Nativity Scene; Greta Thunbeg: TIME Person of Year; Resources; Announcements

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Reader Comments: Impeachment Matters; 2020 Elections and Anti-War Vote; Trump Jobs Creation are Low-Wage; Free Public Transit - Kansas City Sets Example; Family Separation as Nativity Scene; Greta Thunbeg: TIME Person of Year; Resources; Announcement

What’s Wrong With the Republicans?

Rebecca Gordon Tom Dispatch
The Trump Republican Party has inherited, and continues to make use of, the legacies of this nation’s twin evils: slavery and imperial expansion. Today's Republicans are very different from those of the Nixon era.

In Marseille, the French Left is Finally Uniting

Cole Stangler Jacobin
Divisions on France’s left have helped Macron and le Pen dominate the political terrain. In the country’s second city, grassroots pressure has forced them to put aside differences — ahead of March 2020’s elections, promising a “Marseille Spring.”

Both Sides Now: The Myth of Media Objectivity

Marissa Brostoff BookForum
Objectivity may be tricky; fairness in reporting is not. The book author blasts the media for using a rhetoric of neutrality to marginalize insurgent POVs. Truth may be contingent on time and place, but leading news venues only serve power.