Sunday’s news links – Feb. 28, 2021

A chemical plant near Muscle Shoals, Ala., in the 1940s.

The Deep South Has a Rich History of Resistance, as Amazon Is Learning Jamelle Boie

Twitch, owned by Amazon, pulls Amazon’s anti-union ads The Verge

Senate Ruling: No $15 Minimum Wage in Democratic Relief Package

The Senate parliamentarian has ruled that a provision to raise the federal minimum wage violates the special rules that allow the relief package to pass in the Senate with a simple majority. Her ruling is not binding, but Vice President Kamala Harris, who also serves as president of the Senate, will abide by it. This means that if the Senate wants to increase the minimum wage, it will have to do so through ordinary legislation, making it subject to the supermajority requirement.

That means it isn’t going to happen. The Senate – with a Democratic majority – decides whether it will abide by the parliamentarian, and the Senate decides whether it wants to operate by supermajority.

Rep. Omar Calls For The Firing Of Senate Official Who Tanked Democrat’s Minimum Wage Increase Plans Blavity

#COVID19

Window fans may be Philly’s fix for schools with poor ventilation. But teachers and parents are saying no way. Philadelphia Inquirer

5 Pandemic Mistakes We Keep Repeating Zeynep Tufecki, The Atlantic

Life on the Line: D.C. Cooks Confront COVID-19 Risks, Lack of Job Security Washington City Paper

Owner of Israeli-owned cargo ship damaged in Sea of Oman close to Mossad chief: Reports Press TV

U.S. Teachers’ Pensions Helped Fund War Over Oil in Iraq Bloomberg Businessweek

How the CIA Helped to Crush Turkey’s Post-War Left Counterpunch

India

From the hinterland to Hollywood: how Indian farmers galvanised a protest movement Reuters

India: BJP’s rise in former communist bastion has Muslims worried Al Jazeera

Drought Is Not Simply a Natural Calamity, It Is Also Driven by Commercial Greed The Wire

Communists mark Red Army Day in Russia

Twitter Deletes Dozens of Russian Accounts for “Undermining Faith in NATO” MPN

Former SolarWinds CEO blames intern for ‘solarwinds123’ password leak CNN

Biden Comforts Families Of Syrian Airstrike Victims With Eloquent Speech On Living With Heartbreaking Loss The Onion

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