This week's articles critique the United Nations, big labor, big business, the mainstream media and President Obama.
— Alleen Brown focuses on education.
“Lawmakers Introduce Sweeping Sex Ed Bill To Expand LGBT Inclusive, Gender Balanced Health Classes,” by Tara Culp-Ressler. ThinkProgress, February 15, 2013.
Last week democratic legislators re-introduced a bill that would fund "medically accurate" sex education programs that are LGBT-inclusive, avoid gender stereotypes and talk about HIV. It's unclear that such a bill's passage would convince states pushing abstinence-only curricula to change course.
— James Cersonsky focuses on labor and education.
“Immigration Reform May Come With Big Gifts to Employers,” by Samantha Winslow. Labor Notes, February 18, 2013.
What does big labor have to say about immigration reform? For one, not necessarily the same things as its smaller allies. In this piece, Samantha Winslow lays out the immigration reform goals of the US's major labor federations, the AFL-CIO and Change to Win. Winslow departs from Steven Greenhouse at The New York Times in giving equal time to non-union groups like the National Guestworker Alliance and the National Immigration Law Center. It's an interesting mix of perspectives. How will big labor's immigration reform politics affect guest workers? What does it mean for unions and the Chamber of Commerce to have "common ground"?
— Catherine Defontaine focuses on war, security and peace-related issues, African and French politics, peacekeeping and the link between conflicts and natural resources.