The Week in Stories Around the Globe

America finally gets an Amazon union

Amazon employee Isaiah Thomas speaks at a rally in support of a union for Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama, U.S., on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union appealed the results of a union vote election it lost last year, alleging Amazon intimidated workers. Ballots in the re-do election are due March 28. Photographer: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Beyond that, workers interested in organizing at other large employers with a strong history of union-busting may view the shocking turn of events at Amazon as the catalyst for renewed efforts inside their own company. And in the US labor community, large established unions may reflect on what they can learn from the by-worker-for-worker grassroots strategy of the Amazon Labor Union, which has succeeded when large established unions like the RWDSU so far have not.

#UnionStrong #Amazon #WorkerRights #Solidarity

New Zealand’s Australia-Friendly Response to China-Solomon Islands Security Deal

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND – APRIL 22: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks during her COVID-19 update media conference at Parliament on April 22, 2020 in Wellington, New Zealand. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Monday that New Zealand will move to Alert Level 3 of lockdown from 11.59pm on April 27. New Zealand has been in lockdown since Thursday 26 March following tough restrictions imposed by the government to stop the spread of COVID-19 across the country. Under the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 measures, all non-essential businesses are closed, including bars, restaurants, cinemas and playgrounds. All indoor and outdoor events are banned, while schools have switched to online learning. Essential services remain open, including supermarkets and pharmacies. (Photo by Mark Mitchell – Pool/Getty Images)

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has changed the world’s geopolitical order. And closer to home, China’s pending security deal with Solomon Islands may change New Zealand’s thinking.

#NewZealand #China #ThePacific #Politics

As Panama tightens visa rules, Cubans brace for tough journeys

Capitolio in the background

The Panamanian government said the new visa requirement was meant to ensure “security and control”, but many Cubans protesting in the park on March 9 said they felt it was just another way to stem the flow of thousands of people leaving the island to settle elsewhere. The Costa Rican government imposed a similar transit visa restriction on Cuban nationals in February, a decision that also sparked protests.

#Migration #Cuba #Panama #LatinAmerica

The subtle art of language: why artificial general intelligence might be impossible

3D dissolving human head made with cube shaped particles.

Human consciousness, in other words, in part consists of understanding abstract and indirect meanings. And it is precisely this sort of understanding that artificial intelligence is incapable of. Sophia can talk, but the conversation is trivial. Indeed, many computer scientists see Sophia as nothing more than a Chatbot with a face.

#Science #ArtificalIntelligence #Consciousness #Robots

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