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Your Labor Day Weekend Long Reads


It’s the start of another long weekend, which means it’s time for our latest collection of articles you may have missed and long reads to dive deep on the issues we know you care about.

This weekend Americans will be marking Labor Day by honoring the contributions that workers and labor movements have made in our communities, protecting the lives and livelihoods of working people and fighting for economic and social justice. We honor their contributions and stand in solidarity with workers and labor movements at home and abroad in our struggle for a better, more peaceful world.

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Human Costs of War and Climate Insecurity

The New York Times: ‘It’s a Slow Death’: The World’s Worst Humanitarian Crisis
“The war still haunts us from all directions,” said Saleh al-Khawlani, who fled his home in northern Yemen with his wife and six children after the Saudi-led coalition began its bombings.”

The New York Times: The Photos the U.S. and Saudi Arabia Don’t Want You to See
“That’s a young Yemeni boy, acutely malnourished like two million other children in Yemen — caught up in what the United Nations calls the ‘world’s largest humanitarian crisis.’”

Global Progressive Hub: From Texas to South Asia: Climate Change Devastates Lives
“Climate change affects us all. But to the world’s poorest, it’s orders of magnitude more lethal.


Drivers Preventing Peace

Business Insider: White Supremacy Helps ISIS and Al-Qaeda
“When westerners actually do the job of trying to stoke antagonism against Jews, you can basically hear ISIS pulling out the thank you cards.”

Friends Committee on National Legislation: How Tanks Got to Main Street
The U.S. response to the September 11 attacks is partly behind this dangerous escalation. Suddenly, communities felt they needed to be on high alert at all times, ready to respond to any threat. In this culture of fear, the Pentagon spent billions of dollars on weapons and equipment for war.

U.S. News & World Report: Diplomacy Is the Solution
“The first two nuclear crises with North Korea, though both very dangerous, were resolved with diplomacy.”

The New York Times: Empire Stopper – The foreign powers that have tried to control Afghanistan since the 19th century have all suffered for the effort. Now the U.S. is digging back in.
“The first American military battle of the 21st century was fought in Afghanistan shortly after the events of Sept. 11, 2001. After nearly 16 years of fighting a shifting host of militant groups and the new Taliban insurgency, and now even a local affiliate of the Islamic State, there is no clear end on the horizon.”


Our Resistance is Working

Quartz: Millennials in the US are more welcoming of refugees than the global average
“The findings come as the number of refugees admitted to the US was reduced by nearly half in the first three months of Donald Trump’s presidency.”

Foreign Policy: Shut Out of the White House, Iran Hawk Makes Public Appeal to Trump
An outspoken critic of the Iran nuclear deal says he was asked by Steve Bannon, to draft a proposal on how America could withdraw from the agreement. But after Bannon and other Iran hawks at the White House were sacked in recent weeks, the Iran deal skeptic decided to publish his plan saying he feared his ideas would never reach the president.

Ploughshares: Arms Control in the Age of Trump: Lessons from the Nuclear Freeze Movement
“The disturbing thing is that the state of affairs sketched above is actually an improvement: the overall number of nuclear weapons on the planet has drastically decreased since the end of the Cold War.”

The Washington Post: Resistance efforts are taking root in pro-Trump country, and women are leading the charge
“It’s a story emerging across Trump country, where left-leaning grassroots groups have popped up in some of the reddest parts of the nation — a sign that ‘the resistance’ has gone rural.”

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