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Striking Teachers in “Red” States Point the Way Forward

After the huge victory of the teachers in West Virginia, teachers in other “right-to-work” (for less) states — Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Arizona — walked off the job to demand not only higher wages and improved conditions for teachers, but more funding for public education and an end to the privatization/charter school dismantling of public schools implemented by both Democrats and Republicans. In many states, they also raised demands to improve wages and working conditions for all public employees.

USA | Breaking News: Nick Brana arrested during non-violent action with the Poor People’s Campaign

Nick Brana, a leader of the movement for a people’s party, has been arrested along with the Rev. William Barber II and 300 other protestors in a launch of the non-violent 40 days of moral action organized by the Poor People’s Campaign (PPC).

The arrests occurred on the northeast Capitol lawn in Washington D.C. after the protestors, led by Barber and his PPC co-chair the Rev. Liz Theoharis, shut down Independence Avenue. The street was closed for 90 minutes before police moved in to arrest the peaceful demonstrators for obstructing the main thoroughfare.

The EU will not stand by Iran and the JCPOA: here’s why

by Alexander Mercouris

Despite their anger European leaders will not risk rupture of their links with the US because of Iran.

Ever since Donald Trump’s announcement that the US would pull out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”) with Iran and would unilaterally impose across-the-board sanctions on that country, a procession of European leaders including the leaders of the US’s most powerful European allies – Britain, France and Germany – have publicly declared their intention to stand by the JCPOA.

USA | Revealed: Secret rightwing strategy to discredit teacher strikes

by Ed Pilkington

A nationwide network of rightwing thinktanks is launching a PR counteroffensive against the teachers’ strikes that are sweeping the country, circulating a “messaging guide” for anti-union activists that portrays the walkouts as harmful to low-income parents and their children.

USA | Extreme Poverty in the US Is A Political Choice of the Powerful

In December last year, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Professor Philip Alston, issued a statement on his 15-day fact-finding mission of some of the US’s poorest neighbourhoods.   Alston, author of the quoted phrase in the subtitle above, is an Australian who is professor of law at New York University.  During his mission he visited Alabama, California, West Virginia, Texas, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico.