Chisumbanje is a small village in eastern Zimbabwe, right on the border with Mozambique. Chachengwa had been growing maize and cotton here her whole life. Every year, she took out loans for seeds and fertilizer, and then paid them back with her harvest.
This is what it’s like hosting the modern Olympic Games. Security has been one of the biggest worries for games organisers ever since the September 11 terrorist attacks. Now every precaution has to be taken, because one lapse could mean disaster. This year, a new law will require counties that offer early voting to keep the polls open 12 hours on weekdays in addition to weekends a measure that will dramatically increase the cost to counties, which will then be forced to cut back on early voting.”5 “In Arizona, the Republican secretary of state, Michele Reagan, who oversees elections, refused last week a request by the ACLU, made last year, to coordinate with the state Department of Transportation to automatically update her records when the driver’s license of a voter gets changed.The result is that an estimated 500,000 voters over 20% of whom are Hispanic could end up with a mismatch between their license and their voting records, making it harder to cast a ballot in a state that requires voter ID.”6 “In New Hampshire, Republican leaders recently passed a controversial law that requires college and university students to prove they are permanent residents of the state in order to vote, a change from prior laws allowing students to vote freely while living in the state.”7 “Florida tried a different version of the same voter suppression stunt when the state’s Republican governor, Rick Scott currently running for US Senate banned early voting on college campuses. A federal judge recently struck down the plan in stinging language: “Simply put, (the state) opinion reveals a stark pattern of discrimination,” Judge Mark Walker wrote. “It is unexplainable on grounds other than age because it bears so heavily on younger voters than on all other voters.””8 “The pattern is clear.
This might be OK for Amazon’s white collar workforce, and in his internal company response on Monday, CEO and founder Jeff Bezosnoted that these folks can get jobs in a lot of other places. Still, the free agent, “only the best” ethos doesn’t work out so well for, say, relatively low paid Uber drivers, who can lose their jobs if their customer ratings don’t measure up. Economy indeed, the company has a terrible track record of mistreating its low paid warehouse workforce..