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Milton Allimadi on US Media’s Africa Reporting

Milton Allimadi on US Media’s Africa Reporting

    (Kendall Hunt, 2021) This week on CounterSpin: The primary “sense” of Sub-Saharan Africa in corporate media is absence. When Africa is discussed, it’s often been, to put it simply, as a material resource and as a staging ground for Great Nation politics and proxy war. Not as far removed as it ought to […]

The Strike Zone—September 13, 2021

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The Strike Zone—September 13, 2021

With the wide distribution of the vaccine, new COVID-19 protocols negotiated by the professional leagues and their union counterparts are drawing a stark line between vaccinated and unvaccinated players. In the NBA, unvaccinated players are subject to a host of additional restrictions meant to decrease the chance of coronavirus transmission: their lockers will be situated […]

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Marjorie Cohn on Texas Abortion Law, Kimberly Inez McGuire on Abortion Realities

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Marjorie Cohn on Texas Abortion Law, Kimberly Inez McGuire on Abortion Realities

  (cc photo: Beth Wilson) This week on CounterSpin: Many people will know that the Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade in 1973, enshrining women’s right to access abortion—to choose when and whether to have a child. It seemed to signal recognition that abortion is healthcare, that most women who have abortions are mothers […]

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Featured in Dems’ Newest Budget Draft: A Transformative Labor Law Proposal

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Featured in Dems’ Newest Budget Draft: A Transformative Labor Law Proposal

Yesterday, Democrats on the House Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) released a completed draft for its part of Congress’s upcoming reconciliation bill.  Along with other blockbuster proposals, the Committee’s $450 billion package includes a number of provisions designed to raise federal revenues by imposing civil penalties on employers who violate federal labor […]

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Understanding the New NLRB General Counsel Memo on Remedies

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Understanding the New NLRB General Counsel Memo on Remedies

Today, the National Labor Relations Board’s General Counsel, Jennifer Abruzzo, released a highly relevant and impactful memo on the office’s intent to seek a rather stunning new array of remedies in unfair labor practice cases. As I wrote about the last GC memo, if the Board does a fraction of the things Abruzzo calls for […]

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Rick Claypool on OxyContin Bankruptcy, Dean Baker on Economic Disconnects

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Rick Claypool on OxyContin Bankruptcy, Dean Baker on Economic Disconnects

  Purdue heir David Sackler and wife Joss depicted in Vanity Fair (8/19) This week on CounterSpin: The engineers of the crack epidemic were never offered a deal to get out of the biz with impunity as long as they gave some money towards helping the families, communities and healthcare systems broken in the wake […]

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The Strike Zone—August 30, 2021

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The Strike Zone—August 30, 2021

The NFL’s longstanding failure to hire non-white candidates into key coaching and executive positions has been well-documented, but a new ESPN analysis reveals much of the same lack of progress in college football. It was merely 1979 when Willie Jeffries became the first Black head coach hired to lead a Division I-A (now FBS, Football […]

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James Loewen on Lies Historians Tell Us

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James Loewen on Lies Historians Tell Us

Image: Charles C.J. Hoffbauer Anyone born before last week can see US news media lying about history as it’s happening. But fast forward to 10, 20 years from now, and those media stories will have hardened into narrative, into the unspoken “given” presented as context for the latest thing. That’s the power of history as […]

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Phyllis Bennis and Matthew Hoh on Afghanistan Withdrawal

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Phyllis Bennis and Matthew Hoh on Afghanistan Withdrawal

(LA Times, 8/16/21) This week on CounterSpin: US news media are full of armchair generals who talk about weapons of war like they’re Hot Wheels, and have lots of thoughts about how “we coulda got ’em” here and “we shoulda got ’em” there. The price of admission to elite media debate is acceptance that the […]

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The Strike Zone—August 16, 2021

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The Strike Zone—August 16, 2021

Olivia Moultrie and the National Women’s Soccer League have settled the young phenom’s antitrust suit challenging the league’s 18-and-older age restriction. The two sides had previously filed a joint stipulation, which conditioned the settlement on District Judge Karen Immergut vacating two key findings from the case. Judge Immergut agreed, pending the Ninth Circuit remanding the […]

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