From London to El Salvador, people are standing up to oppressors

Passionate lawyer, global activist, and dear friend of Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), Michael Ratner passed away this week. In a tribute to him and his work, Phyllis Bennis remembers his fearless activism, standing up to oppression and oppressors around the world.

The newly elected, first Muslim mayor of London Sadiq Khan, rose up against the oppression of Islamophobia this week in a victory over the Conservative party. While Khan may be starting to normalize Muslims in UK politics, IPS’s John Feffer writes, American Muslims are still waiting on the moment when a campaign like Trump’s, filled with anti-Muslim rhetoric, won’t be so successful.

One thing the American electorate is ready to stand up against is corporate greed. Our team spoke with one of the leaders of the Verizon strike in Buffalo, New York, who says inequality is at the root of the problem.

South of the hemisphere, you’ll find another group of activists. They’re fighting against the Pacific Rim mining company that’s destroying their livelihoods. IPS’s Manuel Perez-Rocha wrote in a letter to the Wall Street Journal that El Salvadorans don’t see this mine as a golden opportunity.





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Sadiq Khan and the End of Islamophobia
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The victory of Sadiq Khan has “normalized” Muslims in UK politics in much the same way that JFK normalized Catholics in American politics.

But American Muslims are still waiting for their JFK moment.

Inequality is at the Heart of the Verizon Strike
Sarah Anderson, Marc Priester
Tens of thousands of Verizon employees walked off the job to protest the corporate giant that has registered massive profits and lavished extravagant pay on executives while shortchanging workers and customers.

WSJ Letter to Editor: El Salvadorans Don’t See Mine as Golden Opportunity
Manuel Perez-Rocha
Almost 80 percent of El Salvador’s population is against gold mining.

History Shows us we Don’t Need Billionaire Doctors to Make Medical Breakthroughs
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Our tax codes incentivize medical entrepreneurs to go for gold while patients are left juggling what’s best for them versus what they can afford.

Case Against Obama Administration for War on ISIS Raises More Political Questions than Legal Ones
Phyllis Bennis
Captain Smith is using the question of lack of authorization as the basis for his challenge, but there is a chance that he could also raise issues of illegality in how the war is being carried out, Bennis told RT America.

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