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  • What is happening in America's Cancertown is tragic, immoral and evil | Rev William Barber
    by Reverend William Barber on 16 Luglio 2019 at 10:00

    Politicians have chosen process over lives and the result has been rampant cancer in the region“Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people.” (Isaiah 10:1). I was reminded of this verse from the Bible when I read about the town of Reserve in Louisiana. It is the place in America with the highest risk of cancer due to air toxicity, caused by a raft of government and corporate failure that has deprived residents - many of whom are poor and black - of their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.Reserve is home to the Pontchartrain Works facility, the only chemical plant in America to produce chloroprene, a likely carcinogen, that has spewed from the plant for almost 50 years. US government science has indicated this makes the risk of cancer in that area 50 times higher than the national average. Continue reading... […]

  • Amazon employees in Minneapolis are fighting for better conditions. And it’s working
    by Spencer Cox on 16 Luglio 2019 at 10:00

    Workers have banded together to improve wages, transit and housing, and acting like their own unionOn 15 July 2019 Amazon fulfillment workers outside Minneapolis in the suburb of Shakopee walked off the job for six hours, joining workers across Europe in an Amazon Prime Day strike. This was the first major strike action by Amazon workers in the United States. They were demanding a less punishing pace of work and the elimination of temporary jobs. This action, although small, holds momentous importance. In a period where union membership is less than 10% in the United States – by far the lowest in the developed world – this strike by non-union Amazon workers demonstrates that workers want a union and are willing to fight for one.The worker demands relate to the way Amazon has radically transformed retail work. Rather than retail workers distributed across the city – say a worker folding clothes in a mall or stocking books in a local bookstore – Amazon has reorganized the retail process into retail factories with thousands of workers in each fulfillment center. Resembling the factory line, the pace of work is dictated by the complex algorithms, robots and surveillance systems that discipline worker movements down to the second. Continue reading... […]

  • US briefing: the Squad, Prime Day protests and floods in south Asia
    by Tim Walker on 16 Luglio 2019 at 09:43

    Tuesday’s top story: Congresswomen denounce Trump’s racist remarks. Plus, French cuisine’s renaissanceGood morning, I’m Tim Walker with today’s essential stories. Continue reading... […]

  • Netflix cuts controversial suicide scene from 13 Reasons Why
    by Gwilym Mumford on 16 Luglio 2019 at 09:29

    The scene, which had been criticised by mental health experts, has been re-edited by the streaming service more than two years on from its releaseNetflix has removed a controversial suicide scene from its teen drama 13 Reasons Why more than two years on from its premiere.In a statement, the streaming service said that the three-minute-long sequence from the show’s first season, which depicts the central character taking her own life, had been re-edited on the advice of medical experts. Continue reading... […]

  • Real life film noir: crime scenes from the LAPD – in pictures
    by Sarah Gilbert on 16 Luglio 2019 at 09:28

    Crime scene photographs shot by Los Angeles police officers in the line of duty between 1925 and the 1970s are on show at the city’s Lucie Foundation. More than 80 images are on display, drawn from the thousands discovered in a warehouse in 2000 by the fototeka Gallery. Photographs from the Los Angeles Police Archive is on show until 11 August Continue reading... […]

  • 'Everyone is welcome to the party!': the B-52s on 40 years of hits
    by Michael Hann on 16 Luglio 2019 at 09:20

    The new wave band’s singer Kate Pierson talks about the joy and tragedy behind her favourite songs of their back catalogue, from Rock Lobster to Love Shack‘We never thought of ourselves as pop stars,” says Kate Pierson, reflecting on the B-52s’ 40 years of twisting the detritus of American popular culture into new shapes. They were so opposed to the notion, in fact, that when the band were nominated for best pop performance at the 1989 Grammys, for their single Love Shack, their singer Fred Schneider – part of an unorthodox vocal trident alongside Pierson and Cindy Wilson – wasn’t happy. “Incensed!” Pierson recalls.These days, in the middle of yet another world tour, she is more relaxed about it. “I’ve come to treasure the idea that we are silly and wacky and that we give people a sense of fun and release and happiness,” she says. “People come up and say, ‘You helped me through high school,’ or ‘You helped me through a crisis,’ and that’s such a gift.” But which of the B-52s songs would she herself pick to guide her through life? Continue reading... […]

  • El Salvador: woman whose baby died in toilet birth back in court
    by Associated Press on 16 Luglio 2019 at 07:32

    Evelyn Beatriz Hernández was jailed for murder after she was ruled to have induced abortionA 21-year-old woman who gave birth to a baby in a toilet in El Salvador has returned to court for a second trial for murder in a case that has drawn international attention because of the country’s highly restrictive abortion laws.Evelyn Beatriz Hernández, who says she was raped and had no idea she was pregnant, had already served 33 months of her 30-year sentence when the supreme court overturned the ruling against her in February and ordered a fresh trial with a new judge. Continue reading... […]

  • Trump has made it clear: the only 'real Americans' are white and Christian | Theodore R Johnson
    by Theodore R Johnson on 16 Luglio 2019 at 07:19

    In a recent tirade from his bully pulpit on Twitter, Trump made it abundantly clear who he thinks belongs in the United States – and who doesn’tOn Sunday morning, while journalists and talk show pundits were busy discussing visits to two migrant detention centers by Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Lindsay Graham, Donald Trump sought to change the subject by upping the ante.As conversation swirled around the deplorable conditions that immigrant men, women and children are facing, Trump refocused the attention on himself by suggesting that U.S. congresswomen of color were the ones who should voluntarily deport themselves to back to the countries they came from. Continue reading... […]

  • Death toll from floods in south Asia rises to more than 100
    by Manoj Chaurasia in Patna, Rebecca Ratcliffe in Delhi, and agencies on 16 Luglio 2019 at 06:58

    Millions displaced in India, Nepal and Bangladesh, with Assam and Bihar among the worst-hit regionsMore than 100 people have been killed and millions more affected by devastating floods and landslides across India, Nepal and Bangladesh.In the Indian state of Assam, among the worst hit areas, agencies were working on a war footing to deal with the situation, the chief minister, Sarbananda Sonowal, said. Continue reading... […]

  • 'Do not take the bait': congresswomen denounce racist Trump attack
    by Lauren Gambino in Washington and Ed Pilkington in New York on 16 Luglio 2019 at 06:15

    Four Democratic women targeted by Trump accuse him of following an ‘agenda of white nationalists’ at a press conferenceFour Democratic congresswomen of color targeted by Donald Trump’s racist attacks have accused the US president of following an “agenda of white nationalists” and asked that Americans “do not take the bait” of his divisive rhetoric.In a joint press conference at the Capitol, the congresswomen spoke out after Trump said they should “go back” to the “crime infested” countries they came from, prompting condemnation in the US and across the world. Continue reading... […]

  • Whole Foods workers say conditions declined after Amazon takeover
    by Michael Sainato on 16 Luglio 2019 at 06:00

    Employees described increasing pressure to push Amazon Prime deals and memberships, understaffing and increased workloadsSince being bought by Amazon two years ago, employees at Whole Foods say their working conditions have declined markedly amid increasing pressure to focus on pushing Amazon Prime deals and memberships, widespread understaffing, increased workloads and labor budget cuts.Amazon announced in June 2017 it would buy Whole Foods. In interviews with 24 Whole Foods employees across the US, workers described an increasingly pressured environment and the erosion of Whole Foods’ corporate culture. Continue reading... […]

  • Wall-to-wall Europe: the continent's manmade barriers – in pictures
    on 16 Luglio 2019 at 06:00

    As barriers continue to rise up all over Europe, a new documentary photography exhibition investigates walls, fences and defence lines and the dramas on either side of them• Walls of Power: Man-made Barriers Throughout Europe is at Les Rencontres d’Arles, France, from 1 July to 25 August, 2019 Continue reading... […]

  • $800,000 spent at jeweller in one day on Najib Razak's credit cards, court hears
    by Hannah Ellis-Petersen South-east Asia correspondent on 16 Luglio 2019 at 05:29

    Platinum cards of former Malaysian prime minister used for spree at jeweller in Italy, say prosecutorsCredit cards belonging to the disgraced former prime minister of Malaysia were used to spend more than $800,000 at a jeweller in Italy in a single day, a court in Kuala Lumpur has heard during his corruption trial.The spending spree took place at De Grisogono, a Swiss luxury jeweller, in Italy on 8 August 2014 where items worth 3.3m Malaysian Ringgit ($803,000 or £645,000) were purchased on Najib Razak’s Visa and Mastercard platinum credit cards, the court was told. Continue reading... […]

  • Luxury bottled water is absurd – so why is it so popular?
    by Adrienne Matei on 16 Luglio 2019 at 05:00

    People pay top dollar for ‘premium’ brands indistinguishable in blind taste tests from tap water – is it about status, wellness or something more fundamental?Last year, judges at the 28th International Berkeley Springs Water Tasting competition deemed the best bottled water in the world to be an Australian brand “infused with the sound frequencies of love, the moon, and light spectrums of the rainbow”.Called Frequency H2O and sold for A$3.30 a liter (US$2.30), the water is, according to its creator Sturt Hinton, an “ultimate elixir of life”. Also recognized by the judges was Svalbarði, a company that sells $90 bottles of water freshly squeezed from – wait for it – melting Norwegian glaciers. Continue reading... […]

  • 'Karl Marx failed to consider software': billionaire Tom Steyer on inequality and his 2020 run
    by Sam Levin in Los Angeles on 16 Luglio 2019 at 05:00

    The Democratic party mega-donor has to distinguish himself from other candidates with no widespread name recognition in the 2020 fieldTom Steyer entered the Democratic primary with a singular advantage: the largest fortune of any 2020 candidate. It could also be his biggest liability.Reflecting on the ethics of a billionaire candidate at a time when growing inequality is a key election issue, the former hedge fund manager and Democratic party mega-donor offered up an unusual defense: Queen Bey. Continue reading... […]

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