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UN rapporteur: Israel won’t end occupation of Palestine without international action! (E955)

On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to the UN special rapporteur for the human rights situation in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Professor Michael Lynk. He discusses how coronavirus is battering the Palestinian population in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the political climate in Israel and why there is no appetite for a peace settlement with Palestinians, why international action is needed to end the occupation of Palestine, the illegality of Israel’s settlement expansions and annexations under international law, abuse he has faced online for detailing human rights abuses by Israel, and much more!

Finally, we speak to Dr. Ashok Kumar, author of ‘Monopsony Capitalism: Power and Production in the Twilight of the Sweatshop Age’. He discusses what monopsony capitalism is and why we are currently living in it, how big clothing brands like Nike and Adidas have traditionally dominated markets by having a large amount of suppliers, how markets are evolving to have fewer suppliers which could benefit workers, labor action and strikes in China against poor working conditions and low wages, and how strikes and labor organization in Southeast Asia is spreading among sweatshop and factory workers, examples of successes for labor in collective bargaining in the changing market such as in Honduras, and more!

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