Friday’s news links – May 28, 2021

Gig workers to lose all unemployment benefits in 20 GOP states: “You can’t prepare for it” CBS

NC Amusement Workers Walkout Over Racist Taunts WSOC-TV

Swanky DC Wharf Restaurant Del Mar Was Forced to Shut Down After a Staff Walkout Washingtonian

Chicago moves towards community control of police Joe Iosbaker / FightBack! News

Unvaccinated workers are concerned about missing work because of vaccine side effects Washington Post

Biden Administration Defends Huge Alaska Oil Drilling Project NYTimes

The Biden administration is defending a huge Trump-era oil and gas project in the North Slope of Alaska designed to produce more than 100,000 barrels of oil a day for the next 30 years, despite President Biden’s pledge to pivot the country away from fossil fuels

Biden Okays Program to Annually Build 80 Plutonium ‘Pit’ H-Bomb Triggers

Palestine

UN Rights Chief: Israel’s Attacks on Gaza May Constitute ‘War Crimes’ Palestine Chronicle

Scared to be Jewish in Los Angeles? Yasha Levine

The whole thing is of course bullshit.

The “evidence” behind this supposed danger to Jews are a few scuffles that broke out between pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian protesters over the last several weeks. What’s most notable about them is how rarely these scuffles happened. Palestinian solidarity rallies have taken place all over America, and they have been bigger than ever, with all sorts of people taking place. One or two fights happening on the margins of big emotional national events like these is pretty much statistically insignificant. What it shows is how totally peaceful they’ve been.

What else is notable about these fights is that when they did happen they were quite obviously rooted in political and ideological disputes, and not racism against “the Jews.” It’s not uncommon for people on different sides of a volatile and highly emotional political issues to come blows, which makes it even more impressive and significant that on the whole there was no real violence.

Ireland first EU state to declare Israeli settlements ‘annexation’ Irish Examiner

‘A war declaration’: Palestinians in Israel decry mass arrests Defend Democracy

China

How China’s high-speed rail network got built so fast CNN

Biden bid to revive Covid lab origin theory just ‘sugar-coating Trump’s racism’ Morning Star

Divisive COVID ‘lab leak’ debate prompts dire warnings from researchers Nature

The US Will Spend $634 Billion on Nuclear Weapons in the Next Decade Jacobin

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