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What’s Left of Macondo?

April 23, 2014 · Blog

Beautiful levitating virgins, townspeople consigned to permanent forgetfulness, and children born with pig’s tails. These are but some of the images that have recurred in recent days to evoke the fictional universe created by the Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez, … {…}

By Ericka Beckman
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Phyllis Schlafly: Still Wrong (and Mean) After All These Years

April 22, 2014 · Blog

“The best way to improve economic prospects for women is to improve job prospects for the men in their lives, even if that means increasing the so-called pay gap.” The above quote is from a recent column by Phyllis Schlafly, arguably the … {…}

By Carole Joffe
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[EVENT] Spring Issue Launch: Our Technology and Theirs

April 21, 2014 · Blog

New digital technologies, particularly social media, make money by offering “free” services to users that encourage us to spend our lives on their platforms, while other tech companies try to turn work that was previously paid into play for unpaid … {…}

By Editors
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Belabored Podcast #50: The Future of Work, with Saket Soni

April 18, 2014 · Blog

For Belabored’s one-year anniversary, Michelle and Sarah talk to Saket Soni of the National Guestworker Alliance about how the conditions faced by guestworkers are spreading to more and more of the workforce. Plus: a victory for UPS workers in Queens and a labor uprising in China; the drug-testing of public employees; the fight for $15 in Seattle; and more. {…}

By Sarah Jaffe and Michelle Chen
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Fascists For Europe

April 15, 2014 · Blog

Those in the West who were paying attention reacted with shock and indignation when, last month, the newly formed Ukrainian provisional government welcomed a tranche of neo-fascists into its fold. The Svoboda party’s Oleksandr Sych is now Deputy Prime Minister, … {…}

By Adam Blanden
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An Occupier’s Trial

April 14, 2014 · Blog

Cecily McMillan has had trouble concentrating on the master’s thesis she is supposed to be writing this spring under my direction at the New School in New York City, a study of the political beliefs and career of the late, … {…}

By Maurice Isserman
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LBJ Was No Liberal Hero

April 13, 2014 · Blog

From 1964 to 1968, close to 34,000 Americans died in South Vietnam. We will never know how many Vietnamese women, men, and children perished during those years, but the total, according to most estimates, was at least one million. Among … {…}

By Michael Kazin
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Belabored Podcast #49: Mapping New York’s New Labor Movements, with Ruth Milkman

April 11, 2014 · Blog

In New Labor in New York, editors Ruth Milkman and Ed Ott of the City University of New York analyze thirteen worker centers and labor groups focused on the new “precariat”: traditionally non-union sectors like street vendors, domestic workers, struggling freelance “creatives,” and restaurant workers. This week on Belabored, we speak to Milkman about what these case studies tell us about the future of labor. {…}

By Sarah Jaffe and Michelle Chen
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The Palestinian Authority in the World Court

April 10, 2014 · Blog

The announcement by Mahmoud Abbas that the Palestinian Authority, which he leads, is now taking steps to join fifteen international agencies has a striking parallel to events that took place in the United States fifty years ago this month. That’s when Malcolm … {…}

By Nicolaus Mills
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How to Criticize “Big Philanthropy” Effectively

April 9, 2014 · Blog

Criticizing philanthropy (or philanthropists) of any kind is tricky. To most people, a negative appraisal sounds off-base and churlish—yet another instance of “No good deed goes unpunished.” Criticizing the immense private foundations that finance and shape the market-model “reform” of … {…}

By Joanne Barkan
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