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Since 2005, Amazon has helped create one of the most exploited workforces no one has ever seen.

Newark airport

Thanks to a muddled response from the bi-state agency, subcontracted workers at LaGuardia and JFK airports will receive raises, but those at Newark will not. 

Dollar

A new Oxfam report warns of the dangers of global inequality.

Amy Chua

A new book raises the question: Are Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld racists—or just equal opportunity trolls?

de Blasio inauguration

Suddenly local fashion is all the rage. But can the garment trades once again bring good jobs to New York City?

Paul Ryan

Amy Treptow came to Washington to tell her story of climbing out of poverty. Some elected officials were more interested than others. 

Coal plant

The recent chemical spill is the latest chapter in a very old story: total capitulation to industry by state officials. 

Zapatista school

Zapatista strongholds endure in the state of Chiapas, managing their own schools, banks, hospitals, arts collectives and system of government.

David Brooks

The conservative NYT columnist steers the conversation away from economics and toward “behavioral” terrain.

Foreclosed house

E-mails obtained through a FOIA request reveal the extraordinary access SIFMA had to Federal Housing Finance Administration officials.

Blogs

There is no avoiding the inherently alienating consequences of trying to earn a living through the production of words.

May 30, 2014

With the government's leverage as both a consumer and a steward of the public trust, the public sector can hold the line against the fashion industry’s race to the bottom

May 30, 2014

A bill to block renewable energy standards is the product of an aggressive campaign by conservative groups to undermine laws that encourage the development of clean energy.

May 29, 2014

By forcing people on welfare to trade personal dignity for social entitlements, the system seeks to shrink public spending at an unconscionable moral cost.

May 29, 2014

Why must you and I foot the bill, via our taxes, for the callousness of Wal-Mart or Domino's?

May 28, 2014

Outnumbered by the country’s rural voters, Thailand’s once vibrantly democratic urban middle class has embraced an elitist, antidemocratic agenda.

May 27, 2014

The disruption at the Guggenheim was just a visual articulation of global, grassroots demands rising outside the museum walls.

May 26, 2014

If inequality sells in bookstores and box offices, it will sell at the polls as well.

May 23, 2014

A new study says the change could save lives and improve health statewide—good news for the 40 percent of poor households led by single women.

May 23, 2014

A new bill proposed by the House Appropriations Committee focuses on tackling rural, not urban, hunger thereby focusing efforts on poor whites rather than people of color.

May 22, 2014