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The rise of the far right is a global phenomenon

The election of Donald Trump and the siege of the US Capitol on Jan. 6 made clear the rising political power of the right in America, but this is not an isolated phenomenon—right-wing power is surging across the globe. From India, Brazil, and the Philippines, to Hungary and the US, we find right-wing political movements that are challenging the established…

JK Rowling and the curse of the zombie author

JK Rowling, the now-infamous author of the Harry Potter series, has been rightfully condemned for her stances on trans people and gender identity. But what are we supposed to do with her still-popular and influential books and the deep attachments we have to them? It would be easy to condemn Harry Potter and all its fans as neoliberal trash, but, as…

A contentious union drive at private equity-owned Sabre Industries in Sioux City

Last October, 52 workers at the Sabre Industries manufacturing plant in Sioux City, Iowa, walked off the job after repeated demands for wage increases were reportedly ignored by management. I was covering the Kellogg’s strike in Omaha, Nebraska, for TRNN at the time when I received a Twitter DM from one of the workers at Sabre alerting me to the sudden…

No, Russia isn’t ‘reviving the Soviet empire’

Even before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began on Feb. 24, pundits and politicians in the West have uncritically made bizarre claims that we are witnessing Vladimir Putin’s master plan to “revive the Soviet empire” or re-establish the pre-Soviet Russian empire. At the same time, in other corners of political discourse occupied by the left, it…

Staten Island Amazon workers pull into the lead, while Bessemer re-vote is too close to call

This story originally appeared in Labor Notes on March 31, 2022. It is shared here with permission. In initial vote tallies today, Amazon warehouse workers in New York are ahead by hundreds of votes in favor of forming a union, while in Alabama the election is too close to call, pending a court hearing. “Unionizing Amazon was always going to be a…

How the media turns war into a spectator sport

From the moment Russian troops invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, people in the West have been glued to their TV, computer, and phone screens, furiously consuming news about the war and posting their reactions online. As the war in Ukraine enters its second month, it’s become clearer than ever that our corporate and social media ecosystem has not given us…

The New Deal changed Kentucky forever, Charles Booker wants to revitalize it

The New Deal is often held up as the zenith of Democratic success in the United States—and for good reason. With bottom-up pressure from a rapidly growing and increasingly militant labor movement, the programs that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt proposed under the New Deal banner instituted some of the largest changes to working-class Americans’…

Economic devastation and political repression: A trade unionist’s view from inside Ukraine

Since Russian troops invaded on Feb. 24, news about the war in Ukraine, which has officially entered its second month, as well as news about the inestimable amount of pain and destruction the war has wrought on the people of Ukraine and the ripple effects it is having on the rest of the world, has been coming out at a furious pace. And yet, while trying…

Opinion | The UK’s inaction is to blame for the spiraling energy crisis–not Russia

This story originally appeared in openDemocracy on March 8, 2022. It is shared here with permission under a Creative Commons (CC BY-NC 4.0) license. Europe finds itself in a bind; horrified by Russia’s action in Ukraine, yet, at least in part, funding Moscow’s war chest through the billions spent on Russian gas imports. As a consumer in the European…

WNBA star Brittney Griner is a political prisoner in Russia

As the Russian military invasion of Ukraine enters its second month and diplomatic relations between the US and Russia are at their most strained point in decades, seven-time WNBA All-Star Brittney Griner is being held as a political prisoner by Russian authorities. As famed sports analyst and journalist Dave Zirin recently wrote for MSNBC News, “While…

Workers at Southern Poverty Law Center protest discriminatory working conditions

The Southern Poverty Law Center is a historic civil rights organization that, for 50 years, has been advancing social justice through legal, educational, and advocacy efforts, primarily in the Deep South. However, after overwhelmingly voting to unionize in 2019, staff at SPLC say the organization has been stalling negotiations over their first union…

Why the far right is so obsessed with gender politics

Whenever women have raised their voices and demanded equity in our society, or whenever oppressive gender relations have been threatened, a vicious backlash or counterattack inevitably follows. Sometimes under the cover of religion, other times justified by appealing to culture, tradition, or science, male supremacy and misogyny are central and alarmingly…

How oil and the war in Ukraine are shaping negotiations over the Iran nuclear deal

As Russia’s assault on Ukraine grinds on and fears over the deployment of chemical or nuclear weapons grows, Iran nuclear talks are picking up speed down in Vienna. The aim of these negotiations, ostensibly, is to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA), more commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal, which the US withdrew from under President…

Biden tax plan would force top 10 billionaires alone to pay $215 billion over next decade

This story originally appeared in Common Dreams on March 27, 2022. It is shared here with permission under a Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) license. The White House document on the proposal, according to the Post, states: “The Billionaire Minimum Income Tax will ensure that the very wealthiest Americans pay a tax rate of at least 20 percent on…

Madeleine Albright was a killer

This story originally appeared in Jacobin on March 24, 2022. It is shared here with permission. Madeleine Albright, who died Wednesday at the age of eighty-four, was America’s first female secretary of state. But the countless headlines touting that fact risk reducing her accomplishments to gender. That’s not fair: she was so much more than a trailblazer…

A historic victory for Howard University’s non-tenure-track faculty

Hundreds of non-tenure-track lecturers and adjunct faculty at Howard University, one of the most storied higher education institutions in the US, have been fighting for nearly four years to negotiate their first union contract with the university administration. On Wednesday, March 23, just hours before they were set to go on strike, the union bargaining…

Watchdogs say if Clarence Thomas won’t resign, ‘Congress must move to impeach’

This story originally appeared in Common Dreams on March 25, 2022. It is shared here with permission under a Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) license. Calls for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to resign—or face impeachment proceedings—mounted late Thursday after text messages revealed that his wife urged former White House Chief of Staff…

Cop arrested a man for not walking on a sidewalk, but he didn’t know anyone would see this video

When a Terre Haute, Indiana, man was arrested for not walking on a sidewalk on a street that doesn’t have one, the Police Accountability Report investigated. We obtained body camera and dashcam video evidence that offers a rare glimpse into the indifference of American law enforcement—evidence that not only contradicts the allegations made by the…

A just transition away from the war economy and military-industrial complex is possible

Ever since World War II, the US economy has become increasingly reliant on the war industry to provide jobs. It was, in fact, World War II that converted our existing economy into one dependent on government spending from the Pentagon and its associated agencies and industries. But it is possible to convert the economy back the other way, from one centered…

Youth activists and teachers show how to organize interracial, intergenerational coalitions

We are diving right back into our special series of conversations with teachers, organizers, scholars, and activists in Wisconsin that TRNN Editor-in-Chief Maximillian Alvarez, Cameron Granadino (TRNN), and Hannah Faris (In These Times) recorded in the summer of 2021 as part of a special collaboration between The Real News Network and In These Times…

These rural organizers have found an answer to dog whistle politics: Multi-racial, working-class solidarity

A white voter in her 70s insisted to canvassers she had nothing against Black people, “but all of that rioting going on in Minnesota was just plain wrong.”  In the middle of a conversation about enhanced unemployment benefits during the pandemic, one Latinx voter told canvassers that African Americans “sit around, collect unemployment, buy fancy…

Critics blast ‘absolutely shocking’ Supreme Court decision on Wisconsin voting maps

This story originally appeared in Common Dreams on March 23, 2022. It is shared here with permission under a Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) license. In a move that shocked progressive political observers, the US Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected Wisconsin legislative districts drawn by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and sent the case back to the state’s…

Workers demand Baltimore Museum of Art live up to ‘progressive’ bonafides and let them unionize

While Baltimore artists, influencers, and reporters shuffled into the Baltimore Museum of Art for a preview of Guarding The Art, an upcoming exhibition that the BMA’s very own security guards curated in collaboration with curatorial staff, workers stood on the steps of the museum demanding their union be recognized by management. On Tuesday, March…

Howard University faculty win tentative agreement just hours before planned strike

Since full-time lecturers at Howard University originally voted to unionize, they have spent nearly four years bargaining with the university administration to get their first contract. On March 23, just hours before lecturers and nearly 200 adjunct professors, who have been fighting for their second contract, were set to strike, the union secured a…

Bush war crimes, Guantánamo in spotlight at Ketanji Brown Jackson hearings

This story originally appeared in Common Dreams on March 22, 2022. It is shared here with permission under a Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) license. US Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson on Tuesday deflected attacks from Republican senators who questioned her work as a defense attorney for Guantánamo Bay detainees, as well as a false allegation…


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