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Settler violence in the West Bank ‘is out of control’

The ancient city of Hebron, said to be the burial site of the prophet Abraham, is the second holiest site in the Jewish world, the fourth holiest site in the Muslim world, and currently the largest Palestinian city in the occupied West Bank. Besieged by the violence of Israeli occupation and economi…

Battleground Baltimore: Biden comes to Baltimore

President Joe Biden came to Baltimore on Thursday night for a town hall hosted by Anderson Cooper and aired live on CNN. There, Biden fielded questions from realtors, college professors, college students, and other members (or future members) of the professional–managerial class, and mostly told t…

Guantánamo detainee’s imprisonment ruled illegal by US judge in ‘historic victory’

This story first appeared in Common Dreams on Oct. 21, 2021. It is shared here with permission under a Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) license. Two weeks after a review board cleared GuantĂĄnamo Bay prisoner Asadullah Haroon Gul for release, a federal judge ruled this week that the Afghan’s imp…

Cops pulled him over for a bogus ticket, then things got really ugly

A questionable traffic stop by an Arizona highway patrol officer reveals how the powers bestowed upon police are ripe for abuse. Video shows how the officer escalated the encounter after he was challenged by a motorist to justify his actions. In this episode of the Police Accountability Report, we b…

Progressives explain ‘what’s in the damn bill’ because mainstream media won’t

As conservative Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema imperil Democrats’ $3.5 trillion dollar infrastructure package, leading progressives, including Sen. Bernie Sanders, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, held a virtual town hall on Oct. 20 pitching the histo…

Draft report accuses Bolsonaro of crimes against humanity for reckless COVID-19 policy

This story originally appeared in Common Dreams on Oct. 20, 2021. It is shared here with permission under a Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) license. A Brazilian congressional probe of President Jair Bolsonaro’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic attributes more than 300,000 deaths—half of th…

Cheated, desperate, financially ruined NYC taxi drivers go on hunger strike

On Wednesday, Oct. 20, a group of taxi drivers in New York City with the New York Taxi Workers’ Alliance began a hunger strike to demand that the city enact life-saving debt relief to workers who have been taken advantage of and squeezed to the breaking point. The infiltration of app-based ridesha…

Half a million South Korean workers walk off jobs in general strike

This story originally appeared in Truthout on Oct. 19, 2021. It is shared here with permission. On Oct. 20, at least half a million workers in South Korea—from across the construction, transportation, service, and other sectors—walked off their jobs in a one-day general strike. The strike will b…

Maryland governor doubles down on the lie that increased police spending increases safety

Earlier this week, Gov. Larry Hogan went down to Ocean City, Maryland, and told a room full of law enforcement attending the Maryland Chiefs of Police and Maryland Sheriffs’ Associations Professional Development Conference how unfairly they’re being treated these days. “Our state and our natio…

‘Let’s put a wrench in things now’: 10,000 John Deere workers strike as company rakes in record profits

This story originally appeared in Labor Notes on Oct. 20, 2021. It is shared here with permission. Ten thousand John Deere workers in Iowa, Illinois, and Kansas launched an open-ended strike Oct. 14. The strike came after workers overwhelmingly voted down a first tentative agreement negotiated by th…

What could this moment of labor strife become if workers get more organized?

At this very moment, 10,000 UAW members at John Deere are on strike in Iowa, Illinois, and Kansas; 35,000 healthcare workers at Kaiser Permanente have authorized a strike; 1,400 workers at cereal giant Kellogg’s are on strike in Nebraska, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee; 1,100 coal miners in…

Choosing its ‘Gates’: US punishes Russia but is giving UAE a free pass

This story originally appeared in MintPress News on Oct. 12, 2021. It is shared here with permission under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 International License. ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES — The Western corporate media peddled claims of direct Russian interference…

A staggering number of inmates have died in Louisiana prisons

Rattling the Bars, hosted by former Black Panther and political prisoner Marshall “Eddie” Conway, puts the voices of the people most harmed by our system of mass incarceration at the center of our reporting on the fight to end it. In the state of Louisiana, 786 inmates—none of whom were ever s…

Robin DG Kelley on fighting for freedom in the darkness of capitalist dystopia

The world was a very different place when Robin DG Kelley’s renowned book Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination was first published in 2002. As the reality of post-9/11 America and the war on terror hardened into a dystopian, jingoistic consensus, and as the global economy careened towards…

Colin Powell, Who Helped George W. Bush Lie Nation Into Iraq War, Dead at 84

This story first appeared in Common Dreams on Oct. 18, 2021. It is shared here with permission under a Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) license. Colin Powell, the former US Secretary of State who helped President George W. Bush, under whom he served to sell the 2003 invasion of Iraq to the United…

Battleground Baltimore: Plan for Johns Hopkins cops continues, ‘reform’ talk in tow

Earlier this week, the new Vice President for Public Safety of Johns Hopkins University and Hopkins Medicine Branville Bard Jr. discussed the university’s planned armed private police force in an internal email sent to “the Johns Hopkins Community” and obtained by Battleground Baltimore. The e…

The battle against big landlords in Berlin is just the beginning of a vital struggle for housing justice

As we previously reported at The Real News, voters in Berlin were recently faced with a game-changing referendum to expropriate housing held by giant corporate landlords who have made the city increasingly unaffordable for most residents. The passing of the referendum, and the organizing that made i…

‘Fighting to free our people’: 55 years of the Black Panther Party

In October of 1966, the Black Panther Party was founded in Oakland, California. Since then, the Panthers have been a driving radical force for Black liberation, self-defense, and community organization and self-determination. In this special episode of Rattling the Bars commemorating the 55th annive…

ï»żThe COVID-19 scandal Tucker Carlson doesn’t want you to know aboutï»żï»ż

America’s most popular TV host, Tucker Carlson, continues to share baseless COVID-19 conspiracy theories with his millions of Fox News viewers while comparing vaccine mandates to authoritarian overreach. In reality, though, Carlson’s pushing of debunked conspiracy theories obscures the real scan…

Striking Kellogg’s workers show the country what solidarity looks like

Like Frito-Lay, Nabisco, John Deere, and Heaven Hill Distillery, cereal giant Kellogg’s has seen consumer demand skyrocket during the pandemic, reporting profits of $1.25 billion in 2020. To meet this demand, many workers in Kellogg’s plants around the US report pulling 12-16-hour shifts seven d…

It’s Striketober, baby! Nearly 100,000 workers authorize work stoppages

This story originally appeared in Common Dreams on Oct. 13, 2021. It is shared here with permission under a Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) license. Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich observed Wednesday that with employees in industries across the spectrum set to strike in the coming days follow…

US ‘nuclear modernization’ plan is a handout to ‘Profiteers of Armageddon’

This story first appeared in Common Dreams on Oct. 12, 2021. It is shared here with permission under a Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) license. A short list of contractors that pour large sums of money into campaign contributions, lobbying, and industry-friendly think tanks benefits from the US g…

Kellogg’s strike: Cereal plant workers fight to raise the floor for all employees as sales soar

“I barely get to see you,” Emma Gbuchta, 9, said to her father as they stood together on the picket line last weekend outside the Kellogg’s cereal plant in Omaha, Nebraska. She carried a hand-made sign with the words “‘Essential’ Workers” in rainbow lettering and spoke about how little…

Doctors Without Borders slams US for hoarding COVID vaccines while most of global population suffers

This story originally appeared in Common Dreams on Oct. 11, 2021. It is shared here with permission under a Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) license. The humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders unveiled a new report Monday estimating that the United States is hoarding nearly 500 million excess…

There’s more riding on Democrats’ budget battle than you think

The media circus surrounding Democrats’ internal battle over infrastructure spending and the Build Back Better Act can make us focus too intently on the individual representatives involved and ignore the bigger picture. But the fact of the matter is the lives of many Americans, our ability to seri…


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