Friday’s news links – Aug. 7, 2020

The Underemployment Crisis The Atlantic

A new analysis from the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), an anti-poverty research and advocacy group, suggests that underemployment was far more common than government statistics indicated even before the pandemic recession hit. A kitchen-table economic crisis was hiding in plain sight. Now the pandemic threatens to make the situation far worse.

The Supreme Court invented qualified immunity. Now, a judge’s blistering opinion shows why it must go. Washington Post

Louisiana Supreme Court upholds Black man’s life sentence for stealing hedge clippers CNN

Indigenous Peoples

Chicago Native American organizer on the intersection of Black Lives Matter and decolonization Southside Weekly

Tribe, economy, even cemeteries hurt as virus hits Choctaws AP

Labor

Cali AFL-CIO Disassociates Police Unions – Kentucky Teamsters Strike – Pittsburgh Cops Charge Protestors w/ Felonies PayDay Report

Coronavirus

How scientists know COVID-19 is way deadlier than the flu National Geographic

Covid-19 could be 50 to a 100 times more deadlier than the flu.

‘Taking Taxpayers for a Ride’: Moderna to Charge $32-$37/Dose for Covid-19 Vaccine Developed Entirely With Public Funds Common Dreams

Capitalist crisis

Number of People on State or Federal Unemployment Insurance Jumps to 32.1 Million, Second Highest Ever: Week 20 of U.S. Labor Market Collapse Wolf Street

Venezuela

US Democratic Party Senator Complains of Trump’s Failure to Overthrow Nicolas Maduro Orinoco Tribune

U.S. Companies Eye Venezuelan Oil Tankers As Debt Payment OilPrice

Bolivia

Bolivia Begins the Week with an Indefinite General Strike and Roadblocks Internationalist 360°

Iran

Elliott Abrams to replace Brian Hook as Trump’s Iran envoy Axios

Abrams, who was tapped as Trump’s special envoy for Venezuela in January 2019 as the administration looked to force President Nicolas Maduro from power, pleaded guilty in 1991 as part of the Iran-Contra affair. He was later pardoned by President George H. W. Bush.

Palestine

Israel demolishes multiple Palestinian-owned buildings in occupied territories

Pro-Palestine candidate Cori Bush wins US congress primary The New Arab

Haiti

When France extorted Haiti – the greatest heist in history The Conversation

How the Fascists Won World War II CounterPunch.org

Phillipines

A Thousand Cuts: inside a chilling documentary on Maria Ressa Guardian

There Is No Russian Plot Against America Foreign Affairs

“Dripping with Blood and Dirt”: How British Capitalism Relied on Slavery Socialist Alternative


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