• Fast-Food Workers Challenge Stereotypes, Globalize Question of Fairness

    By Jeffrey Nall, Truthout | News Analysis

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    Over the last two years, fast-food protests have grown in size, expanded in participation and spread around the United States, and more recently, the globe. Workers' demands include a "living wage" of $15 an hour and freedom to organize. The campaign for $15 an hour was ignited when about 200 fast-food employees from multiple chains went on strike in New York City in November 2012. Subsequent protests spread to cities around the United States, including Seattle, Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit, Milwaukee and Kansas City, and have pushed the plight of fast-food laborers into the public spotlight.

  • Seafood Produced by "Modern Slaves" Leaves a Bad Taste

    Seafood Produced by "Modern Slaves" Leaves a Bad Taste

    By Jeffrey R McCord, Truthout | Op-Ed

    According to one NGO report, "the recruiting and working conditions of many fishers and seafood industry employees are so egregious that these human and labor rights abuses have been referred to as 'modern slavery.'" US seafood producers are competing already with at least some imports caught, farmed or processed by slaves. So why is the Obama administration pushing for the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, which will exacerbate the existing situation?

  • More Subversive Than You Think

    More Subversive Than You Think

    By Paul Buhle, Truthout | Book Review

    If Rick Perlstein had done no more than put US history of the 1970s back near the top of the "controversy" pile of the daily news overflow, he would have accomplished something significant. For one thing, his Invisible Bridge has elbowed aside some of the bilge on the bestseller list like Bill O'Reilly's seemingly endless series on murders-in-history. For another, it reassures us of the justice in our disgust at recent-history volumes turned out by faux public intellectuals like Thomas Friedman.