"American women may not yet recognize the war being waged on their future, but we must awaken to it immediately."
Writing today for the Nation, Melissa Harris-Perry brilliantly links the economic policy and rhetoric of the new GOP majority with their well-known "older social agenda committed to pushing American women out of the public sphere."
Ahead of the March 14th New York launch of The Letters of Rosa Luxemburg,where writer and actress Deborah Eisenberg will give special readings, Philip Weiss of the essential Mondoweiss shares his enthusiasm:
And here's something I'm going to try to get to the following week in New York. On the night of March 14, the great Deborah Eisenberg, a supporter of Jewish Voice for Peace, author of Under the 82d Airborne and of short stories that defined a generation of New Yorkers, Transactions in a Foreign Currency, will read from a new Verso collection, The Letters of Rosa Luxemburg. A lot of history converging that night.
For more on the March 14th event, see "The Life, Letters and Legacy of Rosa Luxemburg."
To read Philip Weiss' post in full, and to access excellent comment and analysis on the Middle East, visit Mondoweiss.
In a new review in the March 1 issue of Publishers Weekly, PW intern Bern Zarov writes: "[Perlin's] exposé on the internship model initiates a critical conversation on internships ... and his thoughtful book is necessary reading for the millions of young people trying to break into the working world through internships":
Perlin's most shocking revelation isn't that many internships are exploitative but that most are illegal. Companies of all sizes and across industries flout (with no consequences) the requirements outlined in the Fair Labor Standards Act to benefit from free labor. Perlin covers the complicity of colleges, many offering dubious internship programs aimed more at generating revenue for the school than benefiting students. Not even the federal government's massive, intensely competitive internship programs escape Perlin's scorn; he describes them as a hotbed of nepotism and squandered talent-but still, the right government internship is an all but necessary career step for an aspiring politician.
Fortunately, Perlin also offers hope and bright solutions, and ends the book with an Intern Bill of Rights and the observation that "a general strike of all interns would show all they contribute for the first time [and would bring] a delicious low-level chaos to the world's work.
Visit Publishers Weekly to read the review in full.
An array of leading writers, philosophers, activists and campaigners have published an open letter calling for the international community to support the democratic process in Haiti, starting with new elections:
The powers that dominate Haiti have facilitated the return of the former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier while discouraging the return of the twice-elected president (and Fanmi Lavalas leader) Jean-Bertrand Aristide. These powers, with their allies in the Haitian business community, have made it clear that they seek to delay Aristide's return until after 20 March. They will only allow Aristide to return after a suitably pliant new government has been installed, to preside over the imminent reconstruction process.