In his new book The Beast: Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail
, Óscar Martínez unflinchingly captures the confluence of evils that assail migrants who ride La Bestia, or the Beast, up through Central America and Mexico to the United States.
Over the two years he spent on the freight trains, Martínez witnessed some of the most harrowing stories of human survival and tragedy. Through his telling, we see the fearlessness of those who decide—despite the perils—to leave home for some semblance of a better life.
This December, Martínez will bring these stories to the West Coast in a series of talks and readings in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland:
Pick up a copy of the August 17 issue of The Nation Magazine
, on stands this weekend, for attorney and The Passion of Bradley Manning
author Chase Madar's outstanding, exhaustive piece on the trial of the century—that of 25-year-old Wikileaker Private First Class Bradley Manning.
From the piece:
The panicky response to WikiLeaks from some liberals has had its opera buffa highlights. WNYC radio host Brian Lehrer and New Yorker liberal hawk George Packer clucked like wet hens in horror at WikiLeaks’ release of a (ludicrously) classified list of world locations of strategic interest to the United States. Can we ever be safe now that the terrorists know there are vast mineral reserves in Central Africa, and that the Strait of Gibraltar is a vital shipping lane? Ambrose Bierce said that war is God’s way of teaching geography to Americans, but have we become so infantilized that grade-school factoids must be guarded as state secrets?
"The labor movement is the only thing standing between working Americans and abject poverty," Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell)
author Jane McAlevey said during an interview on WNYC's Leonard Lopate Show
During the forty minute segment, McAlevey asserts that unions will only regain relevance when they make issues like the foreclosure crisis, lack of affordable childcare and failing US education system—realities workers face outside the shop door—a priority. This work is difficult, running contrary to current union doctrine, but absolutely vital to reviving the movement, said the author: