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An ethics expert says Sinclair Broadcasting should disclose its business conflicts with Baltimore. I was part of the problem.

Nightly, the local Fox affiliate churns out stories on teen carjackings, students who can’t read, and smashed car windows outside police headquarters, all fodder for an ongoing series with titles like “City in Crisis,” and “Project Baltimore.” The reporting demands transparency from a government often portrayed as hesitant to oblige. It has also been showered […]

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Before East Palestine, there was Portsmouth

“Vina Colley was Erin Brockovich before Erin Brockovich,” Kevin Williams wrote in a 2020 Belt Magazine article titled, “The Poisonous Legacy of Portsmouth’s Gaseous Diffusion Plant.” Williams continues, “Colley has become an unlikely citizen-scientist, spending a lifetime researching and documenting PORTS and its sins… Colley was hired as an electrician at the facility in 1980 and worked […]

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Tennessee Volkswagen workers vote union

This story originally appeared in Labor Notes on Apr. 19, 2024. It is shared here with permission. In a watershed victory, workers at the Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, voted tonight “UAW, yes!” The company’s sole non-union plant will finally join the rest of the world. “If Volkswagen workers at plants in Germany and Mexico […]

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East Palestine residents demand fully-funded healthcare

In this extended episode, you will hear a compilation of speakers from the March 23 conference in East Palestine. Speakers include: Lauri Harmon, East Palestine resident; Chris Albright, East Palestine resident; Jami Rae Wallace, East Palestine resident, president of East Palestine Unity Council; Christina Siceloff, East Palestine resident; Rob Two-Hawks, East Palestine resident; Daren Gamble, […]

Posted inEconomy, Economy and Inequality, Politics and Movements: International, Politics and Movements: US, The Chris Hedges Report, The Real News Network, video

Technocapitalism: Our dystopian present—and future?

We are living through an incipient technological revolution. AI, blockchain, cryptocurrencies, commercial space travel, and other innovations are rapidly transforming everything from the workplace to the financial architecture of the global economy. While many of these technologies hold vast potential to benefit the social good, the multinational corporations and financial oligarchy that drive innovation and […]

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Cuba’s protests and the long crisis of US intervention

Protests against shortages of food and fuel in Cuba’s eastern provinces on March 18 brought the corporate media spotlight back to the island, which is currently experiencing a major economic crisis. True to form, much US reporting on the protests attempted to construct a familiar narrative of Cuba as a failed state on the brink […]

Posted inEconomy and Inequality, Politics and Movements: US, Racial Justice, The Chris Hedges Report, The Real News Network, video

The mass protest decade: From the Arab Spring to Black Lives Matter

The 2010s were a decade of revolt. From Athens to Atlanta, Santiago to Seoul, a global wave of protest brought masses of people into confrontation with the status quo, demanding an end to neoliberalism, racism, climate change, and more. Yet despite this upswell of grassroots political activity, little lasting, positive change followed. What sparked the […]

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‘Sports Illustrated’ and the death of sports media

Editor’s note: After this episode was recorded, Authentic Brands Group announced that Sports Illustrated would live on after Israel’s Minute Media acquired publishing rights for the magazine.  Layoffs, lawsuits, license revocations. The tragicomic spectacle unraveling at Sports Illustrated bears all the signs of a familiar tale: how hedge funds can take a functional, beloved brand and transform it into […]

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From layoffs to lawsuits, billionaires are striking back to crush worker power

The resurgence of the labor movement in 2023 galvanized and emboldened unions around the country—and sent capitalists scrambling to squash the nascent militancy of their workers. Among the attempts of the billionaire class to retaliate is a major legal challenge to the National Labor Relations Board, the government body that has protected the right of […]

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‘Seguiremos trabajando por nuestro comunidad’: La comunidad Latina en Baltimore responde a la crisis del Puente de Francis Scott Key

Cuando el icónico puente de Francis Scott Key en Baltimore colapsó alrededor de las 1:30 am del martes, 26 de marzo, ocho hombres que se encontraban trabajando en el puente en ese momento fueron arrojados a las frías aguas del río Patapsco. Dos de esos hombres fueron recuperados con vida, los otros seis no. Así […]