Friday, August 26, 2016

SocialistWorker.org | Weekend edition

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Due to technical difficulties, this is the first e-mail in a while. Hopefully, we’re back, and will do our best in the coming days to highlight some of the important articles you may have missed over the last few weeks. Thanks for your patience.

Weekend Edition: Election 2016

Editorials
THE UNPOPULARITY CONTEST
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump might be the most disliked politicians ever to face off in a presidential election, but there is an alternative.

Comment: Tristin Adie
HOW CLINTON KILLED WELFARE
Twenty years ago, Bill Clinton destroyed the federal welfare system--and millions of working people have been paying the price ever since.

Review: Colin Patrick
A TIMELY TAKEDOWN OF CLINTON
Doug Henwood's My Turn is a valuable tool to help radicals expose Hillary Clinton's militaristic, pro-corporate agenda.

Comment: Ashley Smith
VERMONT'S CAUTIONARY TALE
The Vermont Progressive Party must choose between standing for political independence and essentially fusing with the Democrats.
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Other Top Articles of the Week

Comment: Ashley Smith
ANTI-IMPERIALISM AND SYRIA
The Arab Spring uprising in Syria has tested the left by posing a blunt question: Are you on the side of a dictator--or that of a popular uprising?

Review: Leela Yellesetty
BETWEEN THE RICH AND THE REST
A new book by Michael Yates that takes stock of the human cost of inequality concludes that as bad as we think it is, the reality is worse.

Analysis: Elizabeth Schulte
AETNA'S SICKENING BOTTOM LINE
The insurance giant said it will radically reduce participation in Obamacare--one month after its merger plans were blocked.

Comment
BLACK ACTIVISTS OWE NO APOLOGY
The Vision for Black Lives statement from Movement for Black Lives has been met with a slew of criticism from Zionist groups.

Report: Brian Ward
STANDING UP AT STANDING ROCK
Native and environmental activists are protesting a pipeline project that would run right through the heart of Indian country.
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Weekend Focus: Justice System

Analysis: Nicole Colson
JUSTICE IN AN UNJUST SYSTEM?
Two steps taken by the Justice Department are raising questions about the possibility of winning reforms to the U.S. prison system.

Report: Steve Leigh
WHY THE COPS WANT A FORTRESS
Hundreds came to a Seattle City Council meeting to demand that officials halt plans to build a multimillion-dollar police station.
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Weekend Focus: International

Interview: Mohamad Junaid
KASHMIR MUST HAVE FREEDOM
A Kashmiri activist explains the backdrop to the latest outbreak of political unrest--and its brutal repression by the Indian occupiers.

Interview: Josep Maria Antentas
THE PODEMOS CHALLENGE
Spain’s political terrain has being reshaped by the left-wing party Podemos, but its model of organizing has led to challenges.

Report: Will Searby
STRIKING THE "GIG" ECONOMY
Deliveroo workers in Britain won a victory that will be relevant across the world to workers in the so-called "sharing economy."
https://socialistworker.org/2016/08/23/deliveroo-workers-strike-the-gig-economy
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