Sunday’s news links – 3 July 2022

DHL workers in Pawtucket striking for livable wages and healthcare Uprise RI

Tesla hit by new lawsuit alleging racial abuse against black workers Dawn

Stand with the Striking CNH workers in Racine – join us on Wednesday!

The Supreme Court Is the Final Word on Nothing Jamelle Bouie

As for the constitutional crisis, it is arguably already here. Both the insurrection and the partisan lawmaking of the Supreme Court have thrown those counter-majoritarian features of the American system into sharp relief. They’ve raised hard questions about the strength and legitimacy of institutions that allow minority rule — and allow it to endure. It is a crisis when the fundamental rights of hundreds of millions of Americans are functionally overturned by an unelected tribunal whose pivotal members owe their seats to a president who won office through the mechanism of the Electoral College, having lost the majority of voters in both of his election campaigns.

The National Ambitions of States’ Rights Reactionaries Jamelle Bouie

To that end, conservatives on the Supreme Court have used their majority to either shield Republican-led states from federal interference — invalidating much of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and freeing lawmakers to engage in extreme partisan gerrymandering — or to prevent Democrat-led states from encroaching on conservative priorities like gun rights or an expansive vision of religious freedom — so much so that it swallows the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

Labor Condemns Supreme Court Decision Overturning Roe v. Wade Portside

Atlanta Fed GDP tracker shows the U.S. economy is likely in a recession CNBC

#COVID19

Where’s the herd immunity? Our research shows why Covid is still wreaking havoc Danny Altmann

“Just live with it” looks self-evidently too thin a recipe and, currently, not very workable or successful with the emergence of BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron subvariants.

Flawed oxygen readings may be behind Covid-19’s toll on people of color Politico

Coronavirus FAQ: Can I get COVID outdoors? (With printable poster on how to cut risks) NPR

Indigenous protesters march to the Basilica del Voto Nacional where they expect dialogue with the government to take place in downtown Quito, Ecuador, Monday, June 27, 2022.

Ecuador

Victory after 2 weeks of national strike in Ecuador Peoples Dispatch

Haiti

Haiti: The Ransom is still being Paid Resumen

Spain

Human Rights Groups Hold Unified Protests Across Spain in Condemnation of Melilla Massacre Internationalist 360°

Brutal Attacks On Africans In Morocco Highlights Crisis In Africa Black Agenda Report

U.S./NATO war

NATO Blockades Kaliningrad Christopher Black

Over 2.2 million people evacuated from Ukraine, Donbass to Russia TASS

1 in 6 Germans skipping meals to save money Akash Maurya

Poland intervenes after Ukrainian ambassador denies wartime massacre of Poles and Jews Notes From Poland

Poland’s foreign ministry has intervened after Ukraine’s ambassador to Germany denied that Ukrainian national leader Stepan Bandera was responsible for the mass murder of ethnic Poles and Jews, and also sought to justify his collaboration with Nazi Germany.

Chinese ‘Imperialism’ in Hong Kong Concerns US Media; Puerto Rican, Palestinian Colonies, Not So Much FAIR

While one cannot describe China’s national security law as an act of “colonialism” or “imperialism,” since Hong Kong is part of China, FAIR conducted a study comparing media coverage of Hong Kong’s national security law and actual colonialism by the US in Puerto Rico, and by its ally Israel in Palestine.

The United States- the Pacific bully MR Online

The US dominates the Pacific Islands to an extent China can never hope to achieve. With Australia’s support, the US is now engaged in an arms build-up in its Pacific territories and de-facto colonies in a little known boost to its containment of China.

US national security state censoring anti-imperialists to control ‘compatible left’ Stansfield Smith

The oligarchic rulers of the United States use many tools to disrupt and disorganize the anti-war and anti-imperialist left.

This article addresses three tactics:

  • corporate control of the news media, which gives the ruling class free reign to spread disinformation and fake news against foreign and domestic targets;

  • foundations, which are financed by governments and corporations in order to fund and promote a “compatible left” to counter the anti-imperialist left;

  • domination of social media and the internet to censor dissident voices.

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