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          The Dangerous Talk of Ethnically Redrawing the Middle East Map
    
          December 12, 2015
    
          Through the secret 1916 Sykes-Picot Agreement, Britain and France reconfigured the boundaries of the Middle East, dividing Arab provinces of the former Ottoman Empire into areas of future British and French control. While the devious and unjustified character of the Sykes-Picot Agreement is indisputable, a century later there is growing talk of yet another remapping of the Middle East, a dangerous Balkanization along ethnic lines that will exacerbate communal hatred.  
    
          https://portside.org/2015-12-12/dangerous-talk-ethnically-redrawing-middle-east-map
  
  
          The End of Jewish History?
    
          December 12, 2015
    
          What makes radical theologian Marc H. Ellis too hot to handle?
    
          https://portside.org/2015-12-12/end-jewish-history
  
  
          A Conservative Estimate of &#039;The Wal-Mart Effect&#039;
    
          December 12, 2015
    
          Wal-Mart's growing trade deficit with China has displaced more than 400,000 U.S. jobs
    
          https://portside.org/2015-12-12/conservative-estimate-wal-mart-effect
  
  
          Maduro Meets with Thousands in People&#039;s Street Parliament, Calls for &quot;Self-Critical Revolutionary Debate&quot;
    
          December 12, 2015
    
          On Tuesday, Maduro asked for the resignation of his cabinet and outlined steps for the “renovation of the revolution”, including the approval of new legislation to defend social gains as well as measures to increase workers’ and communal control, such as the turning over the National Assembly TV and radio stations to the workers.
    
          https://portside.org/2015-12-12/maduro-meets-thousands-peoples-street-parliament-calls-self-critical-revolutionary-debate
  
  
          Historic Climate Deal Reached, But Campaigners say the Work is Just Beginning
    
          December 12, 2015
    
          Commentator George Monbiot writes Saturday of the draft agreement, "By comparison to what it could have been, it’s a miracle. By comparison to what it should have been, it’s a disaster." 
    
          https://portside.org/2015-12-12/historic-climate-deal-reached-campaigners-say-work-just-beginning
  
  
          Four reasons for labor to cheer in the South
    
          December 12, 2015
    
          Labor activists and other progressive folks in the South have four new reasons to cheer: a United Auto Workers victory in Chattanooga, the rare criminal conviction of a coal mining boss in connection with the death of miners who worked for him, the victory of a populist Democrat in Louisiana's gubernatorial race, and a union victory in Laurel, Mississippi.
    
          https://portside.org/2015-12-12/four-reasons-labor-cheer-south
  

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