This website concerns the economics of exploitation. The website has two major parts. The first, the Understanding Exploitation page, is an analytical overview of exploitation and social systems that contain harm. The second, this homepage, features current news stories and analysis where exploitation is important.
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Massacred at home, in misery abroad, 730,000 Rohingya are mired in hopelessness Hannah Beech New York Times August 22, 2019
The two-year Rohingya crisis in three timelapse satellite GIFs Irwin Loy The New Humanitarian August 22, 2019
The creeping criminalization of humanitarian aid The New Humanitarian June 7, 2019
“At the heart of the trial of a volunteer with American migrant aid group No More Deaths that began in Arizona last week lies the question of when humanitarian aid crosses the line and becomes a criminal offense…. Aid organizations have long faced suspensions in difficult operating environments due to geopolitical or domestic political concerns – from Pakistan to Sudan to Burundi – but they now face a new criminalization challenge from Western governments, whether it’s rescue missions in the Mediterranean or toeing the US counter-terror line in the Middle East. ”
An Arizona teacher helped migrants. Jurors couldn’t decide if it was a crime. Miriam Jordan New York Times June 11, 2019
Women are fleeing death at home. The United States wants to keep them out. Azam Amhed New York Times August 18, 2019.
“To win asylum in the United States, applicants must show specific grounds for their persecution back home, like their race, religion, political affiliation or membership in a particular social group. Lawyers have sometimes pushed successfully for women to qualify as a social group because of the overwhelming violence they face, citing a 2014 case in which a Guatemalan woman fleeing domestic violence was found to be eligible to apply for asylum in the United States. But Mr. Sessions overruled that precedent, questioning whether women — in particular, women fleeing domestic violence — can be members of a social group. The decision challenged what had become common practice in asylum courts.”
Teenage brides trafficked to China reveal ordeal: ‘Ma, I’ve been sold’ Hannah Beech New York Times August 17, 2019
How the idea that some people are better than others and deserve to rule the country, descended from the ideas of the slave-owners of the South, came to be a central part of the contemporary Republican party, and the implications of this for U.S. democracy.
America holds onto an undemocratic assumption from its founding: that some people deserve more power than others Jamelle Bouie New York Times August 14, 2018
Unpaid miners blocked a coal train in protest. Weeks later, they’re still there. Campbell Robinson New York Times August 19, 2019
The sugar that saturates the American diet has a barbaric history as the ‘white gold’ that fueled slavery Khalil Gabran Muhammad New York Times August 14, 2019
As gang murders surge, South Africa sends army to Cape Town, and the city cheers Kimon de Greef New York Times August 13, 2019
With ‘Spygate,’ Trump shows how he uses conspiracy theories to erode trust Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Maggie Haberman New York Times May 28, 2019 (News analysis)
The missteps and misdeeds of Trump’s Cabinet Jacob S. Hacker Washington Post August 1, 2019 (Book review)
Minutes before El Paso killing, hate-filled manifesto appears online Tim Arango, Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs and Katie Benner New York Times August 3, 2019
How a brutal race riot shaped modern Chicago Adam Green New York Times August 3, 2019 (Opinion)
Tainted pork, ill consumers and an investigation thwarted Matt Richtel New York Times August 4, 2019
Drug-resistant infections from food are growing. But powerful industry interests are blocking scientists and investigators from getting information they need to combat the problem.
Trump’s proposed H-2A rules would harm, not help, U.S. farm workers and reduce protections for both domestic and foreign field laborers Jocelyn Sherman United Farm Workers July 26, 2019
Yes, America is rigged against workers Steven Greenhouse New York Times August 3, 2019 (Opinion)
“No other industrial country treats its working class so badly. And there’s one big reason for that.”