June 12 is World Day Against Child Labor | Stats, Portraits and Stories of Child Laborers

[According to the International Labour Organization’s 2015 report, around 120 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 are involved in child labour around the world – boys and girls in this age group are almost equally affected.

On the World Day Against Child Labour, child labourers from Pakistan, Lebanon, and Sudan share their stories and their hopes for the future with Al Jazeera.]

Story and photographs | AL JAZEERA

Child Labor Endemic Around the Globe | AL JAZEERA

India: Highest Number of Working Children in the World | AL JAZEERA

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Just Give One the Opportunity | Nearly 550 Slaves Found On Remote Indonesian Island

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[The number of enslaved fisherman found on a remote Indonesian island has now reached nearly 550, after a fact-finding team returned for a single day to make sure no one had been left behind nearly a week after a dramatic rescue.

An in-depth investigation by The Associated Press published last month led to the discovery of massive rights abuses in the island village of Benjina and surrounding waters. The report traced slave-caught seafood from there to Thailand where it can then enter the supply chains of some of America’s biggest supermarket chains and retailers.

Many of the men interviewed said they were tricked or even kidnapped before being put on boats in Thailand and taken to Indonesia. They were forced to work almost non-stop under horrendous conditions, some brutally beaten by their Thai captains when they were sick or caught resting.]

Test your slavery footprint here | SlaveryFootprint

EARTHLINGS

EARTHLINGS is the single most powerful and informative documentary about society’s tragic and unforgivable use of nonhuman animals, narrated by Joaquin Phoenix with soundtrack by Moby. Directed by Shaun Monson, this award winning film by Nation Earth is a must-see for anyone who cares about nonhuman animals or wishes to make the world a better place.

The Unforgiven | The not so Curious Case of President Jose Mujica in Uruguay

[Inequality and poverty climbed in Uruguay in the early 2000s, and the proudly anti-materialistic country is developing a taste for high-end brands. A billboard exhorting you not to be caught without Ray Ban sunglasses welcomes you to Punta del Este, a resort town teeming with condo developments boasting on-site spas. New Audi dealerships are popping up, and mechanics crash online courses to bone up on the expensive imports. “They have to,” a salesman informed me. “It’s a necessity!”…

… There’s something wrong with the way we respond to figures like Mujica. We place our faith in themfall in love with themfor what they say and the incorporeal impact they have on our national consciousness. But then, not only do we judge their performance on entirely different metrics, we also stop listening to them. Inspirational leaders issue a call to us, not a promise for us. They invite us to see ourselves differently, to open ourselves to a new way of being. If, after casting our ballots, we don’t buy books instead of new cell phones, don’t use less gas, don’t do more to stitch back together the social fabric of our own neighborhoodsif, rather than answer the call, we retreat safely back to our old cynicismthen whose fault is that?]
Read the full article | New Republic

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For Those Who Don’t Mind the Word “Redskin”; and for Those Who Do

George Caitlin’s Creed | Sacred Feminine and Masculine | Russell Means and Pearl Means

Two narratives by Russell Means shortly before his death in 2012 | Oyate Wacinyapi

Cornel West on “The Radical King”

Read the full article here | Chicago Tribune

Of the words most frequently used to describe the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. today, “radical” is not high on the list. With his insistence on nonviolence, his Southern humility, his Christian bearing, and his soaring yet measured oratory, King never cast stones, much less fire bombs, real or symbolic. But underneath this sober exterior lay the passion of a revolutionary who seethed at what he saw as the failure of Western capitalism to address not only racism but poverty, militarism and empire-building.

Although most closely associated with the civil rights movement, King saw that struggle as intertwined with economic inequality and American foreign policy, all of which he spoke or wrote about throughout his life.

It’s this far more nuanced figure that “The Radical King,” a new collection of excerpts from King’s speeches and other writings edited and introduced by Cornel West, hopes to bring into focus. In these passages, King recalls some of the most dramatic episodes of the civil rights movement (such as the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott), but also holds forth on the Vietnam War, Zionism and the Middle East, apartheid in South Africa, anti-colonialism in India, and workers’ rights movements around the world, among other topics.

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