The rapid collapse of Afghanistan’s government was harrowing, but not surprising.

This week in OtherWords, I argue that President Biden is right to stand by his decision to end the war — but wrong to place all the blame for its failure on Afghans. The U.S. has been at war in the country for not just two decades, but nearly four. More war won’t clean up the mess we made, but we must still help the ordinary Afghans living with the consequences.

On the domestic front, Rebekah Entralgo looks again at the federal infrastructure package and argues that it needs to provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented essential workers.

Also this week, Imani Countess connects inspiring stories of impacted communities fighting against environmental injustice — struggles that are linked even across 2,000 miles of the Mississippi River. Jill Richardson debunks the GOP’s ongoing 2020 election lies. And Jim Hightower shares a creepy story of workplace surveillance — at home.

New This Week…

Biden Is Right to End the War in Afghanistan | Peter Certo
Now our obligation is to those Afghans living with the consequences of our four decades of intervention.

Human Rights Are Not ‘A Threat to Development‘ | Imani Countess
From Line 3 in Minnesota to Louisiana’s Cancer Alley, communities are leading inspiring fights against environmental injustice.

A Chance to Protect Our Essential Workers | Rebekah Entralgo
Two years after the largest workplace raid in U.S. history, immigrant workers deserve a path to citizenship.

The GOP’s Election Lies Are Stale, But the Stakes Are High | Jill Richardson
Unless we debunk the lies about 2020, the next election may be a lot less fair.

Working From Home — While Your Boss Watches on Video | Jim Hightower
A company that handles Amazon customer service calls wants cameras in employees’ homes — even on their kids.

From the Jaws of Bipartisanship | Khalil Bendib
Is Biden missing the big picture?

In Case You Missed It…

The Triumph and Tragedy of the Olympic Refugee Team | Phyllis Bennis
It’s beautiful that there’s an Olympic team for 82 million displaced people. But have we accepted mass displacement as the new normal?

To Save the Planet, We Need to Demilitarize Police | Shea Leibow
Even with climate disasters all around us, nonviolent environmental demonstrations face fierce police repression. Why?

Rural Towns Deserve Better Than Prison Jobs | Robert P. Alvarez
Rural prison towns need jobs. There are better ones than guarding people in cages.

Dial Down the Panic Over ‘Critical Race Theory’ | Jill Richardson
Wildly inaccurate accusations are flying all over the place right now. Don’t get sucked in — do this instead.

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