Links – Feb. 25, 2019

Oakland teachers strike continues after talks break down SF Chronicle

The Shutdown Made Sara Nelson Into America’s Most Powerful Flight Attendant NYTimes

Nearly 10,000 Grocery Store Workers Vote To Authorize A Strike Labor411


Debunking Green Book: Jazz Greats on What It Was Really Like to Tour During Jim Crow Pitchfork

Though the Oscar-nominated film focuses on its white savior, for black jazz artists in the 1950s and early ’60s, the road was filled with rejection and humiliation.

Spike Lee storms off in disgust after Green Book wins Best Picture at Oscars 2019 Independent

Spike Lee Storms Out of Oscars After ‘Green Book’ Win, Says Academy Made ‘Bad Call’ Variety

Peter Farrelly’s Green Book: a white man’s version of a black man’s life Guardian

Inside the 2019 Oscars’ Biggest Controversies: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘Green Book’ and the Hosting Fiasco DailyBeast 

Talking about this year’s biggest controversies, it’s hard to know where to begin. So let’s just start with Bohemian Rhapsody. … The controversies are endless, though it’s been my experience that fans do not want to hear about the factual liberties that were taken, the homophobic way in which Freddie Mercury’s sexuality was portrayed, or the mean-spirited nature of the film’s treatment of his legacy. Maybe they do want to hear about the fact that in 2019, a Best Picture nominee had to fire a director for bad behavior, and that director happens to be Bryan Singer, who is also accused of multiple instances of sexual misconduct. …

People have also taken umbrage with Green Book, the Peter Farrelly race-relations drama starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali—or what comedian Roy Wood Jr. called the story of the “first racist Uber driver.” … Which controversy should we start on: That the white lead of a feel-good movie about race relations used the N-word and didn’t understand why that was wrong? That it is such an anodyne portrayal of the civil-rights era that white reviewers mistook the utopia for fact? That the family of the film’s subject has contended that most of the movie is a lie? That it is a 99-percent white team of people, save Octavia Spencer, who are telling this bastardized story? That the writer of a movie about racial understanding once tweeted with Donald Trump about Islamophobic 9/11 conspiracies? That the director admitted flashing his penis to actresses?


Venezuela: 23 February – the day they did not pass Orinoco Tribune

People Around the World Reject US Intervention in Venezuela teleSUR

According to teleSUR’s Alina Duarte, people also protested in Washington D.C. and Baltimore, in favor of Venezuela and against the blockades imposed against Cuba and Venezuela.

Burning Aid: An Interventionist Deception on Colombia-Venezuela Bridge? The Grayzone

Sen. Marco Rubio and coup leaders claim the Venezuelan National Guard burned US aid trucks on the bridge in Colombia. But all available evidence points in the opposite direction.

Warning ‘Every Option Is On the Table,’ Pompeo Stokes Fears of Military Force in Venezuela Common Dreams

Venezuela Coverage Takes Us Back to Golden Age of Lying About Latin America FAIR

Boots Riley Finishes Incendiary Venezuela-Centered Spirit Award Speech Backstage IndieWire
At Saturday’s awards ceremony, the “Sorry to Bother You” director decried potential intervention in the South American country.


‘A Victory for Latin America’: Cuban President Diaz-Canel Votes on New Constitution teleSUR

Trump Threatens a Second Embargo of Cuba Truthout

The Documentary Highlighting the Real Green Book The Atlantic

The Jail Health-Care Crisis NewYorker

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