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What So Many People Don’t Get About the U.S. Working Class,Joan C. Williams NOVEMBER 10, 2016 - Harvard Business review

What So Many People Don’t Get About the U.S. Working ClassJoan C. Williams NOVEMBER 10, 2016 Harvard Business review

My father-in-law grew up eating blood soup. He hated it, whether because of the taste or the humiliation, I never knew. His alcoholic father regularly drank up the family wage, and the family was often short on food money. They were evicted from apartment after apartment.
He dropped out of school in eighth grade to help support the family. Eventually he got a good, steady job he truly hated, as an inspector in a factory that made those machines that measure humidity levels in museums. He tried to open several businesses on the side but none worked, so he kept that job for 38 years. He rose from poverty to a middle-class life: the car, the house, two kids in Catholic school, the wife who worked only part-time. He worked incessantly. He had two jobs in addition to his full-time position, one doing yard work for a local magnate and another hauling trash to the dump.

Germany, Russia call for calm amid growing Crimea tensions with Ukraine

Lavrov and Steinmeier met in Minsk amid fears that the region could be further destabilized.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (L. in above photo) on Monday voiced concerns about the recent flare-up around Crimea following reports that Ukraine recently attempted armed incursions into the region. "In recent days there has been a spike in tensions around Crimea and that has worried us," Steinmeier said at a news conference with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Russia's fourth-largest city of Yekaterinburg. "The main thing is that the situation doesn't get out of control. We call on everyone to de-escalate," he said.
Evidence of incursions
Lavrov echoed Steinmeier's comments, also calling for "restraint." "For now, the main thing is not to give in to emotions, not to slip into taking some extreme action, but to try to stabilize the situation with restraint and concentration," he said, adding, however, that Moscow w…

"Washington Post Disgracefully Promotes a McCarthyite Blacklist From a New, Hidden, and Very Shady Group" by Glenn Greenwald

by Glenn Greenwald, Ben Norton  in The Intercept November 26 2016

THE WASHINGTON POST on Thursday night promoted the claims of a new, shadowy organization that smears dozens of U.S. news sites that are critical of U.S. foreign policy as being “routine peddlers of Russian propaganda.” Thearticle by reporter Craig Timberg — headlined “Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say” — cites a report by an anonymous website calling itself PropOrNot, which claims that millions of Americans have been deceived this year in a massive Russian “misinformation campaign.” The group’s list of Russian disinformation outlets includes WikiLeaks and the Drudge Report, as well as Clinton-critical left-wing websites such as Truthout, Black Agenda Report, Truthdig, and Naked Capitalism, as well as libertarian venues such as and the Ron Paul Institute. This Post report was one of the most widely circulated political news articles o…

JULY 10, 2014 Obamacare Is Working. Unless You're Black.

Obamacare Is Working. Unless You're Black.
JULY 10, 2014  By Christopher Flavelle in Bloomberg

A new survey shows that Obamacare has done a fantastic job of reducing the uninsurance rate -- for everybody except blacks. The share of Americans age 19 to 64 without health insurance fell from 20 percent last summer to 15 percent this spring, according to a telephone survey of 4,425 people from the Commonwealth Fund, a nonprofit health-care research group. The number of adults without insurance fell by 9.5 million -- a success by any measure, especially considering that we're still in the early days of exchange enrollment, and about half the states have yet to expand Medicaid. The drop in uninsurance rates held across almost every demographic group: young and old, male and female, married and unmarried, with children and without. The uninsurance rate for whites fell to 12 percent from 16 percent; for Latinos, it plummeted, to 23 percent from 36 percent. For res…

[Video,58:35] Oliver Stone's, The Untold History of The US - Bush & Obama - Age of Terror

Fidel Castro and Political Rights in Cuba: The Real News

James Early and Paul Jay discuss the death of Fidel Castro and how corporate media deals with the question of political freedoms and human rights in Cuba

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From the Archives: Israel and Apartheid South-Africa’s ideological and nuclear partnership, an investigative Study by Chris McGreal

The Guardian , 6 Feb 2006 A Palestinian shepherd drives his flock past the "security barrier" in the village of Abu Dis divided in two by the barrier, on the edge of East Jerusalem. Photograph: Atta Hussein/AFP/Getty Images

Israelis have always been horrified at the idea of parallels between their country, a democracy risen from the ashes of genocide, and the racist system that ruled the old South Africa. Yet even within Israel itself, accusations persist that the web of controls affecting every aspect of Palestinian life bears a disturbing resemblance to apartheid. After four years reporting from Jerusalem and more than a decade from Johannesburg before that, the Guardian's award-winning Middle East correspondent Chris McGreal is exceptionally well placed to assess this explosive comparison. Here we publish the first part of his two-day special report.
Said Rhateb was born in 1972, five years after Israeli soldiers fought their way through East Jerusalem and claimed his f…