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“Lessons from the Public Power Campaign” — PEOPLE’S POWER author Ashley Dawson writes for Dissent

September 16, 2021
"This summer, two popular bills to democratize New York’s energy system died in the state legislature. A revived campaign will need both sympathetic legislators and the direct action tactics of social movements."
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“Corbynism ‘changed politics forever,’ Len McCluskey says at launch of autobiography” — ALWAYS RED launch party covered by Morning Star

September 16, 2021
"Corbynism has 'changed British politics forever' and Unite’s role in the movement is one of his proudest achievements, Len McCluskey told a packed launch for his autobiography Always Red on Wednesday night. The former Unite general secretary’s book traces his life from growing up in Liverpool and becoming a shop steward when workers’ industrial power in this country was at its height in the 1970s to becoming general secretary and helping shift Labour to the left from 2010, culminating in the 'extraordinary journey' of the Jeremy Corbyn movement’s challenge to British capitalism."
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“Len McCluskey says public could see Labour leader as ‘someone who can’t be trusted’” — ALWAYS RED author featured in The Independent

September 16, 2021
"Keir Starmer agreed a backroom deal to lift Jeremy Corbyn's suspension from Labour but then rowed back on it following a backlash, Len McCluskey has claimed. The former Unite chief warned the Labour leader 'risks becoming fixed in the public’s mind as someone who can’t be trusted' – citing both the episode and Sir Keir's decision to abandon some leadership election pledges."
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“Len McCluskey lifts lid on secret chats with Starmer” — ALWAYS RED featured in The Express

September 16, 2021
"Jeremy Corbyn ally and former Unite Union leader Len McCluskey has launched a blistering attack on Sir Keir Starmer, revealing details of private conversations that risk splitting Labour down the middle. In his autobiography, due to be released later this month, the hard-left union baron accuses Sir Keir of being 'dishonourable' and 'wrongheaded'. And in a dire warning to the party, the life-long Labour affiliate warns the party's leader faces the damning possibility of being seen as deceitful in the eyes of the public."
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“Packed with leading figures from the Labour left” — ALWAYS RED launch party covered by BBC News

September 16, 2021
"Sir Keir Starmer is 'bereft of vision' and needs to let voters know what he stands for, Unite General Secretary Len McCluskey has told the BBC... [Len McCluskey] was speaking to the BBC at the launch of his autobiography, Always Red. The launch party, in a room above a Westminster pub, was packed with leading figures from the Labour left, including former shadow chancellor John McDonnell and ex-communications chief Seumas Milne.

Mr Corbyn gave a speech praising Mr McCluskey's leadership of Unite - and for his 'support and friendship during some very difficult times', particularly during the failed 'coup' against him in 2016."

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“Len McCluskey accuses Keir Starmer of reneging promise to readmit Jeremy Corbyn to party” — ALWAYS RED author Len McCluskey featured in i

September 16, 2021
"Former union boss Len McCluskey has accused Sir Keir Starmer of going back on a private deal to readmit Jeremy Corbyn to the Labour party. The former general secretary of the Unite union said Sir Keir was 'dishonourable' and would become someone the public would not trust."
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“Len McCluskey accuses Keir Starmer of 'breaking deal' over Corbyn's readmission to Labour” — ALWAYS RED featured in The Mirror

September 16, 2021
"Former Unite boss Len McCluskey has accused Keir Starmer of breaking his promise to let Jeremy Corbyn back into the Labour party. Mr McCluskey claimed that Mr Starmer had reneged on a pledge to readmit the former leader back into Labour's ranks... The story was redacted from review copies of Mr McCluskey's new autobiography Always Red due to its sensitive nature."
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“Michael Ratner left behind an ample record of his courageous career as both an outspoken anti-war advocate and a brilliant human rights lawyer” — MOVING THE BAR featured in LA Progressive

September 16, 2021
"Readers would be rewarded by reading [Michael] Ratner’s autobiography Moving the Bar: My Life As a Radical Lawyer (OR Books)... Ratner was an early and outspoken opponent of US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq... But Ratner wasn’t satisfied to just vehemently oppose Bush’s wars.  Real human beings were being detained, tortured, injured and killed while in US custody.  Ratner and his colleagues at the Center of Constitutional Rights designed innovative lawsuits based on US and international law to challenge these cruel and illegal practices.  In retrospect, human rights organizations and advocates for international peace have applauded Ratner and his team for what they did."
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“Drug Dealing, the Media, and the Politics of Division” — Matt Taibbi interviewed about THE BUSINESS SECRETS OF DRUG DEALING on Letters and Politics

September 16, 2021

“Michael Ratner [was] one of the most consistently ferocious anti-war advocates of this or any generation” — MOVING THE BAR author Michael Ratner featured in Just Security

September 13, 2021
"To his dying breath, Michael fought against war in every forum he could access – courtroom, classroom and media. Yes, he is remembered for the Guantanamo litigation. But that was hardly his only anti-war campaign. He pressed for Donald Rumsfeld to be charged with war crimes in Germany under a radical theory of universal jurisdiction. He sued private military contractors for war crimes because he saw the connection between capitalism and war. He represented Muslim men rounded up after 9/11 and beaten in jail. He was a consistent critic of Israel for its military occupation of Palestinian territory."
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“Litigating the War on Terror” — MOVING THE BAR author Michael Ratner featured in The New York Review of Books

September 13, 2021
"That President Joe Biden faces pressure to close Guantánamo and end this travesty of justice is due in significant part to the efforts of Michael Ratner and his allies to challenge the strained 'wartime' justifications for the US government’s treatment of detainees there."
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“My Friend Michael Ratner”— MOVING THE BAR featured in LA Progressive

September 13, 2021
"Bill Kunstler used to say that there are no green pastures, that every generation has its own battles to fight. This is why Michael wrote his memoir Moving the Bar. I hope that people will read it, particularly young people, that they will absorb its lessons."
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“McCluskey accuses Starmer of reneging on pledge to reinstate Corbyn” — ALWAYS RED featured in The Guardian

September 13, 2021
"Len McCluskey has revealed for the first time his detailed recollection of negotiations with Keir Starmer to readmit Jeremy Corbyn to the Labour party, accusing the leader of reneging on private promises.

The former Unite general secretary, who stepped down last month, said Starmer 'risks becoming fixed in the public’s mind as someone who can’t be trusted'. Writing in the Guardian, he gives an account of the private conversations – a section redacted in review copies of his memoir Always Red because of its sensitivity."

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“I trusted Keir Starmer – until I saw how he handled Jeremy Corbyn’s suspension” — ALWAYS RED author Len McCluskey writes for The Guardian

September 13, 2021
"If [Keir Starmer] is not careful, he risks becoming fixed in the public’s mind as someone who can’t be trusted. Sadly, my own experience of dealing with Starmer – as leader of Labour’s largest trade union affiliate until last month – offers nothing to dispel this image...

When Starmer took over, I hoped for good relations between us. To begin with, that’s how they were. Contrary to what might be expected, I spoke to Starmer far more than I ever did Jeremy Corbyn. But that all changed after Starmer’s destructive decision to suspend his predecessor from the party in October last year.

As I explain in greater depth in my book, Always Red, the final breakdown came not over the suspension itself – although I thought that a hot-headed act – but when Starmer chose to break an honest deal agreed between us for Corbyn’s readmission to the party."

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“A terrific book… [Matt Taibbi] is one of the great writers of our time” — HATE INC. author Matt Taibbi interviewed on The Ryen Russillo Podcast

September 9, 2021
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“The freedom fighter for all of us” — JULIAN ASSANGE IN HIS OWN WORDS reviewed by ​Al-Akhbar

September 9, 2021
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IN DEFENSE OF JULIAN ASSANGE contributor Kevin Gosztola awarded the Serena Shim Award for Uncompromised Integrity in Journalism

September 9, 2021
"Kevin Gosztola was awarded the Serena Shim Award for Uncompromised Integrity in Journalism for his work thus far on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s case. The Association for Investment in Popular Action Committees, based in California, is an antiwar group that gives the award to those whose work is 'deemed important, courageous, and relentless in pursuit of truth, however inconvenient it may be to those who use deception for political gain.'"
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“Trailblazing… A literary sensation” — SALMA authors Rajathi Salma and Kim Longinotto featured in Mint

September 9, 2021
"Rajathi Salma is one of Tamil Nadu’s most important contemporary poets, as well as a trailblazing gender activist and a member of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK). Overcoming orthodoxy, marital violence and imprisonment in her own home, Salma became a literary sensation not just in Tamil Nadu but globally, and in translation."
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“Where will freedom and democracy strike next?” — IN DEFENSE OF JULIAN ASSANGE editor Tariq Ali writes for The Nation

September 9, 2021
"The War on Terror had failed on every level—at home as well as abroad. While the US military and its allies bombed and droned their way across foreign lands, their governments were busy waging war on civil liberties on domestic soil... Whistle-blowers who revealed the crimes in Iraq and elsewhere were severely punished. Chelsea Manning was pardoned, but Edward Snowden, who exposed the scale of the surveillance carried out by the National Security Agency, had to flee the country. And Julian Assange remains in Belmarsh prison, wondering whether the British judicial system will send him to be entombed in a US security prison on the basis of a dangerous, precedent-setting charge of violating the Espionage Act."
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“Afghanistan: A nation abandoned?” — WAR IN THE AGE OF TRUMP author Patrick Cockburn speaks to The Independent

September 9, 2021
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