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Special Report | The Verizon Strike

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  • Verizon strikers are fighting against the oppression and indignity of the American workplace.
  • A labor strategy of workplace action and bold political vision is more necessary than ever.
  • Part 1: Chronicle of a Strike
  • Part 2: The Verizon Strike Is a Reminder That Improving Workers’ Lives Will Always Require Workplace Action

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Part 1: Chronicle of a Strike

 

Verizon strikers are fighting against the oppression and indignity of the American workplace.

Alex Gourevitch, Jacobin Magazine

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5.18.16 | Bruce has worked construction for Verizon for nearly thirty years and he is on strike. Walking a picket outside a Verizon Wireless store, he explains why: “I love this job. It’s outdoors, you get dirty, you get to do things. You see that island over there, I can tell you where each of the manholes are. I’ve been in every one of these buildings here,” he says, pointing to a café, then some office buildings, a travel agency, and a few restaurants. “I don’t like not working, just standing around here. But we gotta do this. I mean, I love this job but I don’t want it for my children.”

Only a few Verizon workers are picketing this Massachusetts location, standing calmly in the signature red shirts of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) holding placards emblazoned “On Strike!”

Alex Gourevitch is an assistant professor of political science at Brown University and the author of From Slavery To the Cooperative Commonwealth: Labor and Republican Liberty in the Nineteenth Century.

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Part 2: The Verizon Strike Is a Reminder That Improving Workers’ Lives Will Always Require Workplace Action

A labor strategy of workplace action and bold political vision is more necessary than ever.

Elizabeth Mahony, Jacobin / In These Times 

http://inthesetimes.com/images/made/images/working/cwastrike_850_593.jpg A Verizon picket line on May 19, 2016 in Washington, DC.   (Stand up to Verizon / Flickr)

Monday, May 23, 2016 | On Tuesday, news broke that Verizon would return to the bargaining table with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). The renewed negotiations could bring to a close the largest US strike in five years, which has seen nearly forty thousand workers—mostly landline technicians but also some call-center and retail employees—walk out for more than a month.

At stake are the potential outsourcing of call-center jobs to the Philippines and Mexico, the implementation of forced overtime, the assignment of employees to other cities for months at a time, and the increased use of non-union contractors.

Elizabeth Mahony is an assistant editor at Jacobin.

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Clinton’s Anti-Trump Rant Ignored Her Own High Crimes*

  • “Anyone rising to presidential material in America isn’t fit for any public office. The prospect of Clinton or Trump succeeding Obama should scare everyone.”
  • Related: Special Report | Selected Articles: Hillary, Donald and the Criminalization of Politics*

Stephen Lendman, Greanville Post

http://theantimedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/clinton.jpg June 3, 2016 | On Thursday, touting her foreign policy record without explaining its lawlessness, Clinton delivered a 30-minute anti-Trump rant – a demagogic litany of misinformation and Big Lies, devoid of substance, more proof of the danger humanity faces if she succeeds Obama next year. 

“I’m proud to run on my record,” she said. As first lady, US senator and secretary of state, she was and continues to be militantly pro-war.

Stephen Lendman's new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”  He lives in Chicago.

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Special Report | Selected Articles: Hillary, Donald and the Criminalization of Politics*, Global Research News

 

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Feds cover up police killing of Jamar Clark, community renews fight for justice.

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  • Family and community were shaken, but not surprised, by Thursday’s announcement. They are responding with action.
  • Related: Jamar Clark case - Freeman played dog-whistle politics in communicating the narrative

Jess Sundin, Fight Back! News

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Pavel%20Constantin%20%7C%20Corrupted%20Justice.jpgJune 3, 2016 | Anger at the police killing of Jamar Clark will fuel more protests, as demands for justice are renewed by the June 2 announcement that there will be no federal charges against the police who killed him last November. U.S. Attorney Andy Luger announced the results of a federal investigation in this case, speaking for 20 minutes at a closed-door press conference at the FBI headquarters in Brooklyn Park, a suburb of Minneapolis.

He and Minneapolis FBI director Richard Thornton claimed that hundreds of hours of investigation failed to produce evidence that the killing of the unarmed African American 24-yea- old man was unlawful. This press conference, much like that of Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman’s at the end of March, was dedicated to all the ways a defense attorney could work to exonerate the police who killed Clark 61 seconds after arriving on the scene.

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Jamar Clark case: Freeman played dog-whistle politics in communicating the narrative, Steven L. Belton, Miinneapolis (MN) Star-Tribune

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  • Whether intentional or unintentional, the county attorney's presentation was peppered with gratuitous coded language designed or defaulted to dehumanize Clark. 
  • Related: The Talk
  • Related: American Crossroads: Reagan, Trump and the Devil Down South

 

Brandon Weber | George Carlin "Euphemisms / www.facebook.com

Such a classic from George Carlin — especially as we watch candidates spew them ... "Euphemisms."

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The Press Meets the Drumpf

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  • I still believe the pen is mightier than the sword. And in these conflicted and troubled times, we should reward the bravery of the men and women not afraid to ask the hard questions of everyone in power. Our nation’s future depends on it.
  • Media critics and observers have warned against normalizing Trump’s statements and opinions, particularly his racism and sexism. Earlier this month, Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne wrote a piece titled, “Please Don’t Mainstream Trump,” urging politicians and the media to avoid “strong temptations to go along” with Trump.
  • Part 1: Legendary News Anchor Dan Rather Tears Trump's Head Off and Shits Truth Down His Neck 
  • Part 2: Edward R. Murrow ‘Would Have Skewered’ Donald Trump, Media Critic Says

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Part 1: Legendary News Anchor Dan Rather Tears Trump's Head Off and Shits Truth Down His Neck 

I still believe the pen is mightier than the sword. And in these conflicted and troubled times, we should reward the bravery of the men and women not afraid to ask the hard questions of everyone in power. Our nation’s future depends on it.

Charles Topher, Winning Democrats

http://winningdemocrats.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/rather.jpg02 Jun 2016 | Nobody knows better than Dan Rather the kind of crushing blow a politician can have to a journalist’s career. In 2004, Rather ran with a story on the CBS Nightly News about George W. Bush going AWOL from his air national guard unit. The Bush administration pushed back, showing that the methods CBS used to obtain the documents that proved their story may not have been quite up to “journalistic standards.” Rather has admitted that they made mistakes at CBS investigating the story, but maintains that the story itself was composed of rock-solid facts that nobody has ever disputed.

It made no difference. Rather fought the establishment and is ultimately cost him his job. Another casualty of the Bush Administration. That level of commitment is what Rather would like to see from today’s journalists, particularly those covering Donald Trump. In a Facebook post that does a fine job of slamming Trump, Rather reminds those following in his footsteps of the lessons he learned from legends like Hugh Cunningham and Edward R. Murrow.

Charles Topher is a lifetime lefty liberal from Lowell, MA, who has managed to migrate (legally) to the backwoods of Maine. He writes from a 1 acre progressive bubble where Nobama stickers on pickemup truck bumpers are common.

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Part 2: Edward R. Murrow ‘Would Have Skewered’ Donald Trump, Media Critic Says

Media outlets have faced criticism for not being tough on Trump.

Marina Fang, Huffington Post

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05/22/2016 | As news organizations face criticism for not challenging Donald Trump’s policy positions and offensive statements, the director of the Edward R. Murrow Center at Tufts University argued that the legendary CBS news anchor would have given the presumptive GOP presidential nominee highly critical coverage.

“He would have skewered him,” Edward Schumacher-Matos, a former journalist and media critic, told Huffington Post Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington.

Marina Fang, Associate Politics Editor, Huffington Post 

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Series | Noam Chomsky: Who Rules the World? Part 2

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  • The Consequences of Wielding a Sledgehammer Against All U.S. Enemies Around the World
  • Longtime activist and academic Noam Chomsky gives a broad overview of the state of the rulers and resisters around the globe.

Noam Chomsky, TomDispatch / In These Times

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[In These Times Editor's Note: This piece, the second of two parts, is excerpted from Noam Chomsky’s new book, Who Rules the World? (Metropolitan Books). The piece first appeared at TomDispatch.]

May 10, 2016 | In brief, the Global War on Terror sledgehammer strategy has spread jihadi terror from a tiny corner of Afghanistan to much of the world, from Africa through the Levant and South Asia to Southeast Asia. It has also incited attacks in Europe and the United States. The invasion of Iraq made a substantial contribution to this process, much as intelligence agencies had predicted. Terrorism specialists Peter Bergen and Paul Cruickshank estimate that the Iraq War “generated a stunning sevenfold increase in the yearly rate of fatal jihadist attacks, amounting to literally hundreds of additional terrorist attacks and thousands of civilian lives lost; even when terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan is excluded, fatal attacks in the rest of the world have increased by more than one-third.” Other exercises have been similarly productive.

A group of major human rights organizations—Physicians for Social Responsibility (U.S.), Physicians for Global Survival (Canada), and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (Germany)—conducted a study that sought “to provide as realistic an estimate as possible of the total body count in the three main war zones [Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan] during 12 years of ‘war on terrorism,'” including an extensive review “of the major studies and data published on the numbers of victims in these countries,” along with additional information on military actions. Their “conservative estimate” is that these wars killed about 1.3 million people, a toll that “could also be in excess of 2 million.” A database search by independent researcher David Peterson in the days following the publication of the report found virtually no mention of it. Who cares?

Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, political commentator and activist. He is perhaps best known as a critic of all forms of social control and a relentless advocate for community-centered approaches to democracy and freedom. Over the last several decades, Chomsky has championed a wide range of dissident actions, organizations and social movements.

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Series | Noam Chomsky: Who Rules the World? Part 1

 

Special Report | Selected Articles: Hillary, Donald and the Criminalization of Politics*

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May 30, 2016 | 

The Criminalization of Politics: Hillary Accused of Racketeering by the FBI, Will She be Dumped from the Presidential Race?, Michel Chossudovsky

May 30 2016 | Hillary’s reputation has been tainted. A suspected criminal cannot become president, whether the legal procedure is carried out or not. The Criminalization of Politics: Both Hillary and Donald, have shaky records, with alleged links to criminal wrongdoings.

 

Breaking: Hillary Clinton to be Indicted on Federal Racketeering Charges [?], Frank Huguenard

May 30 2016 | James Comey and The FBI will present a recommendation to Loretta Lynch, Attorney General of the DoJ that includes a cogent argument that the Clinton Foundation is an ongoing criminal enterprise engaged in money laundering, soliciting bribes in exchange for political, policy and legislative favors to individuals.

 

Just What Were Donald Trump’s Ties to the Mob? David Cay Johnston

May 30 2016 | In his signature book, The Art of the Deal, Donald Trump boasted that when he wanted to build a casino in Atlantic City, he persuaded the state attorney general to limit the investigation of his background to six months. 

 

The Clinton Crime Family. “Hillary is the Most Dangerous Presidential Aspirant in US History” Stephen Lendman

May 30 2016 | The Bill and Hillary crime family long ago should have been held accountable for high crimes against peace and numerous others. Hillary is the most recklessly dangerous presidential aspirant in US history, supporting endless imperial wars and state terror, once …

 

Emailgate: The Clinton Spin Doctors In Action, Dr. Binoy Kampmark, May 30 2016 | Hillary Clinton’s email dilemma got somewhat sharper over the weekend, with Sunday programs heavy with the theme. Her use of a private email server during her stint as Secretary of State was given a new lease of life by the…

 

Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s Law Firm Tied to Hillary Clinton, Jerome R. Corsi

  • May 30 2016 | It’s well known that if the FBI recommends prosecution in the Hillary Clinton email case, the decision will be put in the hands of Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
  • But little known is the fact that Lynch was a litigation partner …

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