Links – Nov. 25, 2018

Class warfareThe human costs of Black Friday, explained by a former Amazon warehouse manager Vox

Were there a lot of US vets working at your facility?

Yes, it’s a pretty typical thing for Amazon. It’s easy for Amazon to hire us because they know vets are willing to shut up and cooperate. In my opinion, Amazon is preying on the work-life balance issue that the military has, and feeds off the rigid order the Army teaches. The military is known for being a bastion of sexism, but I had a worse experience at Amazon. It’s way more cutthroat.

Breathe poison or get fired – During California wildfires, farmworkers say they felt pressure to keep working or lose their jobs Washington PostOlivia Hooker: 1921 Tulsa race riot survivor dies aged 103 BBCLabor action‘We are not robots’: Amazon workers walk out on Black Friday over low wages and ‘inhuman conditions’ AlternetSomali Workers in Minnesota Force Amazon to Negotiate NY Times PalestineDid Israel Kill Yasser Arafat? Stunning Investigation Exposes Israel’s Secretive Assassination Program Democracy NowWhite SupremacyWhat White Supremacists Know. The violent theft of land and capital is at the core of the U.S. experiment: the U.S. military got its start in the wars against Native Americans. Roxanne Dunbar-OrtizImperialist warIt’s Time for America to Reckon With the Staggering Death Toll of the Post-9/11 Wars Intercept

Brown University’s Costs of War Project this month released a new estimate of the total death toll from the U.S. wars in three countries: Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. The numbers, while conservatively estimated, are staggering. Brown’s researchers estimate that at least 480,000 people have been directly killed by violence over the course of these conflicts, more than 244,000 of them civilians.

BrazilThe defeat of democracy in Brazil Frei Betto in Granma
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