Queen’s Funeral in UK Set Off Harsh Crackdowns Against Critics of Monarchy

Watching Queen Elizabeth’s funeral on Monday, I found myself experiencing two reactions simultaneously: As an advocate of republicanism in Britain — i.e., as someone who believes the monarchy should be abolished entirely and replaced by a republic with an elected head of state — I snorted in horror at the vast pomp and circumstance, at the enforced, ritualistic national mourning, at the millions of people lining the streets from London to Windsor to say goodbye to a person many had never met, at the medieval rituals, at the costumes, at the proclamation from the archbishop of Canterbury about how we…

FIFA World Cup: All Sponsors Should Back Remedies for Workers

Global Survey Shows Major Support for Sponsors Backing Migrant Worker Compensation Call  FIFA’s corporate partners and sponsors of the 2022 World Cup should all press the global football association and the Qatari government to provide compensation and other remedies to migrant workers and their families who suffered death or injury, wage theft or debt from illegal recruitment […] The post FIFA World Cup: All Sponsors Should Back Remedies for Workers appeared first on Amnesty International.

Meet the Congress Members Trading Defense Stocks While Shaping Military Policy

The New York Times reported this week that 97 members of Congress “bought or sold stocks, bonds, or other financial assets that intersected with their congressional work or reported similar transactions by their spouse or a dependent child” between 2019 and 2021. With more than 3,700 such trades in those three years alone, the investigation reveals potential conflicts of interest in nearly every area of policymaking. Defense policy is no different. At least 25 members sat on committees that shape national security policy while simultaneously trading financial assets in companies that could create competing interests with their work, such as…

GOP’s 15-Week Abortion Ban Is a Midterm Tactic — But Not in the Way You Think

On Tuesday, less than three months after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-South Carolina) introduced a national 15-week abortion ban in the U.S. Senate. The bill, the first Republican abortion ban proposed since Roe’s end, contains exceptions for rape, incest and to save the life of the pregnant person. The measure is sure to fail in the Democratically controlled Senate, where it would need to get 60 votes to override a filibuster, and it’s out of step with the majority of Americans, who support safe, legal abortion care — a number that has only grown…

Sanders Calls on UK and US Workers to Stand Together Against Oligarchs

Sen. Bernie Sanders recently delivered an impassioned speech at the Trade Union Congress headquarters in London against rampant inequality, expressing his support for striking railway, maritime and transport workers throughout the U.K. The rally was part of the “Enough is Enough” campaign, which was launched by Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers union leader Mick Lynch and other union heads in the U.K., to highlight the crisis of inequality that has caught the U.S., the U.K., and many other countries in a destructive vise. Lynch has become something of a labor celebrity in the U.K. this summer, as a wave of…

Our Labor Is Used to Create Wealth for Others. Let’s Reclaim It to Make Life.

In the last years of his life, my father spent many days in intensive care. He had emphysema, the product of too many cigarettes and exposure to asbestos and silica dust at the glass factory where he labored for 44 years. Once during a visit, he said from his oxygen tent that a man was following the nurses around, marking down whatever they did. The nurses were trying to form a labor union, and the observer was noting their times and motions, no doubt in an effort to spot wasted efforts that had to be corrected and to intimidate them.…

Yemen: Huthis ‘suffocating’ women with requirement for male guardians

The Huthi de facto authorities must end their mahram (male guardian) requirement, which bans women from travelling without a male guardian or evidence of their written approval across governorates under Huthi control or to other areas of Yemen, Amnesty International said today.      Increasingly since April, tightened Huthi restrictions have hindered Yemeni women from carrying […] The post Yemen: Huthis ‘suffocating’ women with requirement for male guardians appeared first on Amnesty International.

Alabama Hides the Horrors of Its Executions by Classifying Them as Homicides

In Alabama, a death by execution is classified as a homicide. At first glance, this might seem like an honest acknowledgement that capital punishment is state-sanctioned murder, but it is more likely a maneuver to hide the horrifying reality of capital punishment. When journalists request autopsy records following an execution, the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences declares the case remains “under investigation” and refuses to release them until the investigation has concluded. How Alabama kills is a state secret. The purpose of lethal injection has always been to obscure the awful truth of taking a human life. By administering a…

The Inflation Reduction Act Is a Disappointing Act of Federal Greenwashing

Congressional Democrats were very proud of themselves for passing the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), a bill that includes $370 billion for climate and energy initiatives, in addition to much-needed subsidies on prescription drug costs and Medicare benefits. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, who worked with the intractable Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, said the bill “will put the country on track to meet the climate goals we need to preserve for our planet for our children and for our grandchildren.” It’s tempting to believe him: Many environmental advocates are reporting that the IRA, while imperfect, is…

Mitch McConnell’s Condemnation of Debt Relief Is Dripping With Hypocrisy

Often in this society, when a scam is exposed, one must peel it layer by layer like an onion to reveal the stinky green, tear-inducing nubbin at the core. This week’s lesson in “How We Get Screwed Everywhere We Turn” finds us confronting the sticky wicket of student loan debt, and the problem some people have with the idea that other people might get something that helps them. This is the deal as I have always been given to understand it: If you can, you excel at school. You nail the grades and the extracurriculars, assembling a dossier of achievement…

Mainstream Press’s Initial Coverage of Climate Bill Was a Lazy Distortion

Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson once compared the behavior of much of the national press corps to a wheeling flock of birds. Each bird follows the other birds in search of The Story, until they all move generally in the same direction. Though it tends to have a deleteriously narrowing effect on how people understand the world, the phenomenon is rarely nefarious. It’s just lazy, and more than a little chickenshit (speaking of birds): No one wants to get too far out front, no one wants to fall too far back, so everyone reports essentially the same thing,…

Mysterious Right-Wing Donor Drops $1.6 Billion Gift on Federalist Society Boss

Some guy almost nobody has ever heard of before just dropped a $1.6 billion donation in pursuit of every breathless right-wing fantasy you can name. It is considered to be the largest single donation by an individual in U.S. political history, and nothing can be done about it, because them’s the rules. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: It’s all about the money. Why? Because money writes the rules. We sometimes allow ourselves to forget that foundational axiom as we seek our various truths or get caught up in the paper chase of advocacy and legislation. We lose…

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