Monday’s news links – Oct. 28, 2019

Labor

Teacher Unions Are ‘Bargaining for the Common Good’ Prospect.org

It’s More Than Pay: Striking Teachers Demand Counselors and Nurses NYTimes

Defying Injunction, Massachusetts Teachers Strike Labor Notes

A brutal summer for Philly hospital workers is driving nurses to fight for ‘successorship’ Philadelphia Inquirer

The American System of Tipping Makes No Sense The Atlantic

If you want to understand how meritocracy acts as a cover for inequality, look no further than our broken understanding of gratuity.

Burgerville workers end strike, more negotiations to come KOIN-CBS

Survey: US business hiring falls to a 7-year low AP

Indigenous Peoples

Neoliberalism and Indigenous Peoples in Latin America Internationalist 360°

Enbridge Throws Its Indigenous Peoples Policy to the Fire Over Pipeline Truthout

Video Shows NYPD Brutally Punching Black Teens In Violent Subway Brawl NewsOne

Haiti

“Haiti is living a moment of almost complete insurrection” Peoples Dispatch

Al-Baghdadi Raid is the US Empire “Creating Reality” OffGuardian

Apparently the United States killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi yesterday. US Special Forces allegedly killed the ISIS leader during a raid on a stronghold in Idlib.

As far as we know, this man was already dead. Maybe twice. He reportedly faked his death once as well.

The debate about whether or not Baghdadi was killed by US Special Forces, killed himself with a suicide vest, is still alive or died years ago has raged all day. …

Of course, none of that matters.

It doesn’t matter what happened, it doesn’t matter why it happened and it doesn’t matter whether who it (allegedly) happened to was real, or alive…or otherwise.

Because, as always, the problem is not the specifics. It’s the principle and the precedent.

Let’s just assume that – for the first time in its entire existence – the Pentagon is telling the exact truth about both its actions, and the motives for those actions.

Well, then this is still unacceptable.

The United States is publicly claiming the right to carry out military strikes on foreign soil for the purpose of conducting extra-judicial executions.

This is completely illegal.

Syria is a sovereign state. Whatever the motivation for the alleged raid, carrying it out without the cooperation or permission of the legitimate government of Syria was illegal.

al-Baghdadi was (is?) not a US citizen, or an enemy combatant, and has never been convicted of any crime, in any court, by anyone.

Syria

U.S. Is Looting Syrian Oil Fields To Fund Mercenaries And Intelligence Operations SouthFront

NATO behind the Turkish attack in Syria Manlio Dinucci

The Revolution Isn’t Being Televised – Media uninterested in protest movements around the world FAIR

70% of millennials say they’d vote for a socialist Axios

‘Harriet’ Is the Powerful Rebuke of White Supremacy America Needs Right Now Cassie Da Costa

Suprime Autoloans in the U.S. Are Blowing Up Rigged Game

The 60-day delinquency rate surged to 5.93% in August, substantially higher than during the peak of the Financial Crisis at 5.04% in January 2009

Trump met with boos, ‘Lock Him Up’ chant at World Series Game 5 NYPost


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