Iraqi, Kurdish and U.S. forces have launched a massive operation to retake Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, which was seized by the self-proclaimed Islamic State in June 2014. The United Nations is warning as many as 1 million people may be forced to flee their homes due to the offensive, which has been described as one of the biggest military operations in Iraq since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.
In Minneapolis and St. Paul, 600 janitors have won union recognition after a more than seven-year campaign that saw a series of short-term strikes. The janitors work for mega box stores, including Target, Macy’s and Best Buy. The campaign was supported by the Minneapolis-based United Workers Center in Struggle. The workers are now joining the Local 26 of the Service Employees International Union and will start collective bargaining in efforts to win healthcare and higher wages.
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Columbia University’s Rashid Khalidi speaks to Democracy Now! during our “Expanding the Debate” special on Sunday night after the second Donald Trump-Hillary Clinton debate.
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