“Sonali’s Columns” archives

Aug 27 2015

Amazon Offers Free Delivery of Workplace Hell

Published by Truthdig.com on August 26, 2015

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A lengthy exposé by The New York Times about Amazon’s work environment recently revealed the depths to which American workplace culture has plummeted, particularly for white-collar workers. Journalists Jodi Kantor and David Streitfeld interviewed more than 100 current and former Amazon employees and concluded, “The company is conducting an experiment in how …

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Aug 20 2015

Why Are We Ignoring the War on Yemen?

Published by Truthdig.com on August 19, 2015

People gather at houses destroyed by Saudi airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen, in July. (Hani Mohammed / AP)

Yemen has been the target of a brutal U.S.-backed war led by Saudi Arabia. While ordinary civilians are suffering horrific violence and starvation, there is deafening silence from the U.S. and others who claim to be defenders of human rights.

The situation is so bad now …

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Aug 12 2015

Black Lives Matter Movement Offers Badly Needed Lessons on Electoral Politics

Published by Truthdig.com on August 12, 2015

Mara Jacqueline Willaford raises her fist as Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders stands nearby at a rally Saturday in downtown Seattle. Willaford and another co-founder of the Seattle chapter of Black Lives Matter took over the microphone just after Sanders began to speak and refused to relinquish it. Sanders eventually left the stage without speaking further and instead waded into …

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Aug 12 2015

Trump Says Out Loud What GOP Believes, But Won’t Say Publicly

Published by Telesurtv.net on August 12, 2015

The Republican Party wants to distance itself from its most popular presidential candidate. But Trump’s loathsome rhetoric is wholly consistent with its policies.

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Aug 06 2015

What Would Justice for Sandra Bland Actually Look Like?

Published by Truthdig.com on August 05, 2015

Geneva Reed-Veal has filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit against Texas state Trooper Brian Encinia for the arrest of her daughter, Sandra Bland, in Harris County. Bland was found dead in her jail cell three days after her July 10th arrest. Bland’s grieving mother is beginning to make good on her vow to “find out what happened …

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Jul 30 2015

We Have Failed Afghanistan Again and Again

Published by Truthdig.com on July 29, 2015

The 2013 death of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, confirmed this week, should have marked the end of the U.S. war in Afghanistan. But the fates of the two main leaders identified as responsible for the 9/11 attacks—Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar—are only milestones. Thanks to the destructive nature of the U.S. war, many newer and more formidable enemies …

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Jul 23 2015

‘This is a Movement, Not a Moment’

Published by Truthdig.com on July 23, 2015

On July 24, The Movement for Black Lives National Convening will bring bringing together activists from all over the United States, organizing under the banner of Black Lives Matter. The organization will meet in Cleveland.

Among those activists will be such prominent leaders as Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi, the original founders of Black Lives Matter. Also present will …

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Jul 16 2015

Fossil Fuel Fraud

Published by Truthdig.com on July 16, 2015

When Pope Francis used his bully pulpit to speak out about climate change, conservative global warming deniers were quick to dismiss him. U.S. Sen. James Inhofe said, “The pope ought to stay with his job, and we’ll stay with ours.” Inhofe’s “job” has literally been to spread disinformation on behalf of the fossil fuel industry in order to stymie …

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Jul 13 2015

Beyond the Flag: Upping the Ante for Black Lives

Published by Telesurtv.net on July 11, 2015

As South Carolina lawmakers went to great lengths to prove they are not racist by removing the Confederate Flag from the Statehouse in the capital Columbia this week, the movement for Black Lives is actually being obscured once more.

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Jul 09 2015

Why the Greek Victory Inspires Us

Published by Truthdig.com on July 9, 2015

The Greek referendum against austerity is a major turning point for neoliberal capitalism and the Washington Consensus. As the world watched on Sunday, more than 60 percent of Greece’s voting public turned out to cast their ballots in the emergency measure called by Prime Minister Alexis Tspiras. Despite polls predicting a close race, 61.3 percent voted against what Finance …

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